Cool stuff

The Largest Swimming Pool in the World

At 1,013 meters (3,324 ft) in length with a total area of 8 hectares (19.77 acres), the swimming pool at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile is the largest in the world. It was listed officially as the largest swimming pool by area in the Guinness Book of World Records in December of 2006.

The pool holds a staggering 250 million liters (66 million gallons) of water and is the equivalent to about 6,000 8-meter long pools. Located about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Santiago, San Alfonso del Mar is a major tourist attraction and popular destination for both Chileans and tourists from around the world.

Evolver

Evolver is an architectural artefact intervening on the panorama surrounding Zermatt. It was designed and executed by a team of 2nd year students from the ALICE Studio at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) , Switzerland. In an effort to take full advantage of the site’s extensive and astounding views, the project sits strategically next to the lake Stelli at an altitude of 2,536 m (8,320 feet). Evolver’s structure mainly consists of a succession of 24 rotating frames supporting an enclosed space that visitors are encouraged to enter. As he or she progresses through the space, a concealed but uninterrupted 720° movement is unraveling along a transformed panorama.

This transformation occurs while inside a person is moving along a selective string of openings only to be caught peeling off a sequence of unexpected views from the original landscape.

Alpine Capsule

The Alpine Capsule defines a new architectural condition, off grid and harmonic with nature. It expands the potential of modern life, its comforts, its technological connect and its vision, away from cities and into the realm of landscape and “open space”.

“Open space/open mind”; the realisation that being out in nature but super-connected to cultural portals and the information age can bring both health and imagination to people in a very sensual way.

The capsule is in fact a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity, a place to think and wonder in awe of the changing nature of nature… its colours, its textures… the experiences of day and night, seasons and the infinity of the cosmos.

The project is a prototype for a new way of living off-grid, even as a temporary experience, a new ambition for the 21st century that can be implemented in so many environments.

It tests principles of dematerialisation, invisibility, visibility and life support systems imported from space but blended with terrestrial comforts.

Made from advanced technologies that support the magic of a pure water droplet that landed as a space ship, from another world to help us feel and breathe in another condition the beauty of expansive space and intellectual tranquillity

Jessica Cox: became the first pilot with no arms, proving you don’t need ‘wings’ to fly

Jessica Cox suffered a rare birth defect and was born without any arms. None of the prenatal tests her mother took showed there was anything wrong with her. And yet she was born with this rare congenital disease, but also with a great spirit.

The psychology graduate can write, type, drive a car, brush her hair and talk on her phone simply using her feet. Ms Cox, from Tuscon, Arizona, USA, is also a former dancer and double black belt in Tai Kwon-Do. She has a no-restrictions driving license, she flies planes and she can type 25 words a minute.

The plane she is flying is called an Ercoupe and it is one of the few airplanes to be made and certified without pedals. Without rudder pedals Jessica is free to use her feet as hands. She took three years instead of the usual six months to complete her lightweight aircraft licence, had three flying instructors and practiced 89 hours of flying, becoming the first pilot with no arms.