A 20-year-old Brazilian woman been offering her virginity and a man from Japan known as "Natsu" has managed to place the winning bid. The asking price is a whopping $780,000. Talk about being weird but its no wonder that her virginity sold out for so much because she is quite the hot babe. By losing something, Catarina Migliorini could gain $780,000.
"I was surprised she said that because in all my dealings with her, she made it clear that it was a business decision for her," Australian filmmaker Justin Sisely told The Huffington Post recently. "Now, given how big this story is in Brazil, she's trapped. If she doesn't give any money to charity, she's going to look bad."
Now that the price of virginity has been established, "Natsu" will be tested for sexually transmitted diseases before getting his big shot with Migliorini aboard a plane flying between Australia and the U.S. -- Sisely's attempt to circumvent prostitution laws.
Migliorini will also undergo an examination to prove she is as pure as the driven snow -- before the actual driving commences.
In order to ensure the encounter is as tasteful as possible, sex toys are not allowed and "Natsu" must wear a condom.
Although having sex in exchange for money pretty much defines prostitution, Migliorini doesn't see it that way.
"If you only do it once in your life then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph it does not automatically make you a photographer," she said, according to the Daily Mail. "The auction is just business, I'm a romantic girl at heart and believe in love. But this will make a big difference to my area."
That was Sisely's goal when he started working on the documentary two years ago.
"This is about transforming life," he told HuffPost. "These people will be different afterwards. Their lives won't be the same. Catarina is the biggest story in Brazil right now. Where will she go after this?"
As for the "donation," it may be hard to find a charity willing to take cash from a person who got it by selling her virginity to the highest bidder, according to Cleon Daskalakis, a former Boston Bruin who now runs NetRaffle.org, a company that raises money for charities on the Internet.
"This type of transaction is setting a dangerous precedent, not to mention a call for global prostitution on a one-time basis," he told HuffPost. "To those of us who promote professional and successful fundraising vehicles, this is a disgrace. I can't imagine any legitimate charity would want to be associated with this type of promotion."
The virgin auction has received worldwide attention as well as skepticism from journalists like William K. Wolfrum, who points out that the production company behind the film, Thomas Williams Productions, seems to have little more than experience doing wedding videos.
"Basically, let me wrap this up as I see it: An unheard-of director is working with an unheard-of producer. Two years ago, they floated out the idea of auctioning off virgins and filming the sexual encounters. Two years later, they are back and say the sex will happen by the end of the month," he wrote on his website.
"I think this world is getting weirder and weider by generation..."
Seventy-five years ago a handful of passengers boarded a bi-plane for a one-week journey which would pioneer an air service that today still links Ghana and the United Kingdom.
On 13 October 1937, the DH86 Diana class aircraft operated by Elders Colonial Airways on behalf of Imperial Airways arrived in Accra for the first time. This once-weekly service between Southampton and Accra took almost one week, involving nine stops between the UK and the Central African hub of Khartoum.
A couple of years later, the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was formed under the BOAC Act, from the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd, a British airline that operated in Europe in the 1930s.
In 1974, the UK government dissolved BOAC and British European Airways to form the global carrier, British Airways, as we know it today. 1987 saw the airline privatised in a hugely oversubscribed flotation of shares on the London Stock Exchange, as well as the appointment of British Airways’ first women pilots.
In 2002, British Airways begun daily, non-stop flights between Accra and London on a Boeing 767 aircraft. The six-hour overnight flight is extremely popular for business travellers, who enjoy the convenience of a full working day in Ghana, and an early morning arrival for easy onward connection to other destinations.
Today, British Airways operates to Ghana on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft with a four-class configuration, which features its innovative First (First Class) product, along with Club World (Business Class), World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and World Traveller (Economy Class).
Currently, British Airways is the only airline to offer a first class service in and out of Ghana, and its £100m investment into the improved product is proving extremely popular on the route.
Iberia, the Spanish national carrier, merged with British Airways in January 2011 to the International Airline Group. In July 2012, Iberia launched it’s twice-weekly Ghana operation, with Economy and Business Class Cabins on an Airbus A319 aircraft. So far, Iberia’s operations have been “extremely encouraging.”
“It’s amazing to think that 75 years ago we were operating bi-planes that could carry seven passengers and the journey took over a week, when you consider that today we have daily flights a day that do the journey in about six hours,” says James Wooldridge, British Airways commercial manager for Ghana.
“We believe very strongly in investing in the communities we operate in, and Ghana has benefited greatly from such commitments over the past 75 years,” says Wooldridge.
British Airways’ CEO, Keith Williams was recently in Ghana to support Flying Start, the airline’s partnership with UK charity, Comic Relief, which was launched two years ago to raise money around the world for good causes. Flying Start hopes to raise £500,000 by the end of 2012 to vaccinate 100,000 Ghanaian children against deadly diseases. Story by myjoyonline.com
Google, Facebook and Twitter are set to torpedo Home Office plans to spy on every citizen's emails and website visits.
The internet giants have threatened to block the so-called 'snoopers' charter', which requires them to store all data for a year so that security agencies, police and councils can request its disclosure.
Civil liberty groups claim the powers would create a surveillance state, but Britain's security and intelligence agencies insist they are vital to investigate crime and protect the national interest.
Google, Facebook and Twitter are set to torpedo Home Office plans to spy on every citizen's emails and website visits.
Now the frank testimonies of internet bosses have been released by a cross-party committee of MPs and peers that is scrutinising the draft Communications Data Bill.
They reveal directors from Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Twitter believe the Bill would breach users' privacy and allow repressive regimes to spy on Britons. Facebook said it might go to court to resist the new law, while Google and Twitter executives said they could refuse to unlock encrypted data if the Government were to seek the information via third-party providers such as BT.
Facebook said it might go to court to resist the new law, while Google and Twitter said they could refuse to unlock encrypted data
Facebook director Simon Milner accused the Government of using a 'sledgehammer to crack a nut', and claimed the potential for nations with poor human-rights records to obtain data 'should be a real concern'. Nick Pickles, director of civil-liberty group Big Brother Watch, said: 'How the Home Office thinks these plans are workable in light of such clear criticism is a mystery.' The Home Office said: 'We hope all major communications companies take their responsibilities to assist law-enforcement seriously.'
Clearly not content with flashing a nipple and 'ironically' calling Barack Obama a Muslim, Madonna has decided to wade in on the shooting of a Pakistani girl after she spoke out against the Taliban.
Madonna continued to use her 'MDNA Tour' to make yet another controversial statement by strip-teasing to 'show her support' for Malala Yousafzai, who was shot on a schoolbus for writing a blog about how important education is.
On her Wednesday night performance in the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, the singer began by telling her audience that she wanted have a 'serious talk'.
Inappropriate: Madonna stripped off to 'dedicate' her act to a Pakistani girl who is in hospital in a critical condition
In yet another 'controversial' act, the singer took her clothes off to support a cause that had touched her
Madonna shouted 'support education'... before taking her clothes off, angering Pakistani people who branded it 'cheap self popularity'
Madonna performing in her MDNA Tour at Staples Center, Los Angeles, when she decided to embark on a striptease
Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, but survived
According toEntertainment Today, she told fans that the news that the 14-year-old had been gunned down by the Taliban had made her 'cry'. She said: 'The 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot on a schoolbus for writing a blog about how important education was to her.
'The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you understand the sickness and absurdity of this?'
She rallied the crowd by shouting at them to support education and those who help women.
But then the millionaire decided that this performance clearly was not a strong enough statement, and chose to 'dedicate' a strip tease to the girl, who is currently in a critical condition.
She turned her back to reveal 'Malala' written across it, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 'This song is for Malala,' she said, before singing her 'Human Nature' song.
But her attempt to make a stand in the name of Malala backfired after furious Pakistanis discovered her act.
There was a chorus of disapproval from Twitter users, who branded her performance a shameless attempt to garner attention, Entertainment Today reported.
@OHPakistan tweetwed to NBC News' Amna Nawaz: 'Get it Right: Associating #Madonna with #Malala IS DISRESPECT TO #Malala!!! Plz. Give #Malala a rest!'
User @bijm30caahm condemned the move: 'Not the right way to pay Homage to Brave Malala. Its a way to earn cheap self popularity.'
A Taliban gunman boarded a packed school bus and shot a teenage education activist twice at point blank range.
The brave teenager was targeted by the Taliban after speaking out against atrocities committed under the regime.
People have protested against attack on Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, in Hyderbad, Pakistan
The senseless attack on of Malala Yousafzai has captured the heart of the Pakistani people, who have been praying for her recovery
According to Malala's friend Shazia, speaking to the Christian Science Monitor, a group of militants riding on a bike stopped the bus carrying the schoolgirls. Masked men then boarded the vehicle and pointed guns at the girls, asking for Malala.
A hooded Taliban militant shouted: 'Which one of you is Malala? Speak up, otherwise I will shoot you all. She is propagating against the soldiers of Allah, the Taliban. She must be punished.'
Almost as soon as he shouted this, the militant recognised the youngster and shot her at point blank range. The shooting has horrified people in Pakistan and internationally, and has been followed by an outpouring of respect for a girl who earned the enmity of the Taliban for publicising their acts and speaking about the importance of girls' education. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying that the girl was promoting 'Western thinking'.
Malala was shot twice at close range and is currently unconscious in hospital in a critical condition. Madonna has also used her tour to encourage her fans to support Obama by demanding they vote for 'the black Muslim in the transparent House'.
The Queen of Pop threw her weight behind the president during a concert in Washington, D.C. on Monday, before stripping off her shirt to reveal her massive 'Obama' temporary tattoo on her back.
But she made a fatal error - which she later said was 'deliberately ironic' - because Obama is a Christian.
Madonna 'backs' Obama with a temporary tattoo during her MDNA Tour at the New York's Yankee Stadium
A dog died after being stabbed 23 times in a frenzied attack by another dog owner. Mother of three Daisy Jenkins cradled her dying American Bulldog Tyson following the daylight attack.
Her dog had got in a fight with another dog in a walkway near her Hampstead home in north London.
WARNING: Graphic images
Attack: Mother of three Daisy Jenkins cradled her dying American Bulldog following the vicious daylight attack
The owner of the other dog Wayne Stearman, 41, left the scene and returned with two 10-inch knives before stabbing the bulldog.
One of the blows was so forceful that the knife bent in half in what one witness described as a ‘blood bath’.
Today, Mr Stearman said he knifed the dog because he was only trying to stop it killing his own terrier Monty. Mr Stearman said: 'The dog’s a lunatic. I’d just stepped out my house and the dog went for him. It wasn’t on a lead. It locked its jaw on to Monty’s head. He’s only little and he’s a donut around other dogs. 'It was like a lion on top of a gazelle. I was screaming for help and the owner was nowhere to be seen.
Dying: The owner of the other dog left the scene and returned with two 10-inch knives before stabbing Tyson
'When she did finally turn up five minutes later all she did was stroke her dog. I was kicking and punching it but it wouldn’t budge so I went into the kitchen and got three knives. 'I’m not proud of what I’ve done but what was I supposed to do, stand there and let it kill my dog?' Mr Stearman said the bulldog tried to attack his dog three months earlier.
He said: 'I literally had to pick Monty up and throw him over the fence because this dog was going to go for him. He’s attacked loads of dogs on this estate and he’s even gone for a kid outside the Budgens up the road. 'I’m just glad it happened to me because it was only a matter of time before it killed a kid.' Eleven-year-old Monty, who Mr Stearman has had since he was a puppy, suffered bite marks to his head, face, ear and chin and now flinches when anyone tried to touch him.
'He’s going to be alright but it has affected him. I’m on anti depressants because I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t sleep. It’s been an absolute nightmare,' Mr Stearman said. The waterways worker, of Belsize Park, north London, was arrested over the incident and held in a police cell for 22 hours but has since been released without charge.
Pet: Tyson was an American bulldog like this one pictured. A 41-year-old man was since been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage
He could be charged with criminal damage but is not expecting any further action to be taken against him.
'The police have actually been very sympathetic to me. It’s not nice to say but people are happy now the dog’s gone. It caused so much trouble round here,' he said.
Miss Jenkins, 41, who has since set up a shrine to her dog at the spot where he died, had begged passers-by to help her as Tyson died on the Aspern estate near Hampstead.
Witness Allison Havey said: 'It was a bloodbath. She was covered in blood and she was just saying: ‘Please help. Help me make my dog live.’ It was very sad indeed.'
A vet was called to try to save Tyson, but the 42kg bulldog died on the footpath.
Miss Jenkins said of the attack: 'We were just clinging together right up against the fence and trying to keep away from the knives.
'I could feel bleeding but I just held him tightly. I thought if I pretended to be dead he would leave us alone. 'I just kept saying to Tyson ‘hang on, please hang on, pull through’. She was unavailable for further comment today. Neighbour Kim McFarland, 54, claimed Miss Jenkins let to dog run around the estate.
She said: 'Daisy always used to let the dog off the lead and it would run round the estate.
'It used to go for other dogs. It never had a muzzle on.
'One neighbour only just managed to get her dog inside once before he went for it. Even when she closed the door it kept charging at it.'
Weapon: One of the blows was so forceful the knife bent in half in what one witness described as a 'blood bath'
The grandmother-of-10, who has lived on the estate for 22 years, said the man, was acting in self defense and was ‘devastated’ about what had happened. She said: 'He’s a dog lover himself and he’s not the kind of person to go around doing things like that. He was just trying to save his dog who is a lot smaller and older. 'Daisy had let Tyson off his lead and he ran into the woods and got hold of this other dog by the throat. I don’t even think she was there at the time to stop him.
'The other dog owner tried to punch Tyson to get him off but he’s a big dog. He went inside to get something and the next thing I heard was a dog’s been stabbed and it’s dead.
'He literally couldn't get Tyson off his dog. What was he supposed to do, wait until it killed his dog? It would have been the same circumstances - a dog would still be dead.'
These adorable puppies had more than a stroke of luck after being rescued from a nightmare journey at the hands of illegal dog smugglers.Police in Ireland seized around 50 of the dogs found in boxes stuffed into the back of two cars in Dublin on Tuesday. It's believed they were bred illegally on an Irish puppy farm and were destined for the UK. Officers arrested two men in their 20s and 30s at the scene under suspicion of committing animal cruelty.
Brian Gillen, chief executive of the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, urged the public to be vigilant when buying a pup. 'Do not buy from the boot of a car or a van, and always arrange to meet the puppy with its parents at the breeders home. 'The conditions the mother is living in is a good indication of the health and welfare of the animals,' said Mr Gillen. The men were arrested on Tuesday when police searched the vehicles which were stopped in the Coolock area of Dublin.
Boxed in: The puppies include around 25 Jack Russells, cocker and springer spaniels, and terrier, beagle and Labrador breeds
Several of the puppies are now in special care because they were too young when taken away from their mothers
Officers from the DSPCA took the pups into quarantine and safety, after they were discovered in boxes in the back of both vehicles. The dogs include around 25 Jack Russells, cocker and springer spaniels, and terrier, beagle and Labrador breeds. They were all given a veterinary check-up and placed in secure accommodation.
The animals have a number of conditions such as mange, ear mites, fleas, eye infections and parasitic infections, the DSPCA said. Several of the puppies are now in special care because they were too young when taken away from their mothers. Many of them also had their tails docked and claws removed.
None of the puppies will be available for new homes until DSPCA inspectors have concluded the animal cruelty investigation
Officers from the DSPCA took the pups into quarantine and safety, after they were discovered in boxes in the back of both vehicles
Police have arrested two men in their 20s and 30s at the scene under suspicion of committing animal cruelty
The DSPCA said the discovery is a further reminder of the importance for Ireland to push through legislation making it easier to prevent animal cruelty and to prosecute offenders.
Making the microchipping of all dogs compulsory is one of the organisation's biggest goals, a spokesman said. None of the puppies will be available for new homes until DSPCA inspectors have concluded the animal cruelty investigation. The two men arrested at the scene are said to be in their 20s and 30s. They were taken to Coolock Garda Station in Dublin and have since been released.
The puppies were suffering from a number of infections and had ear mites, fleas and mange
"This is really sad... The things dogs have to go through..."
Leading Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari is having a fab time on holiday in Los Angeles, USA with her younger brother – Majeed Buari.
The beautiful actress who recently lost some weight - thanks to a change of meals, Yoga and daily exercises with a healthy diet – recently got signed up on Instagram (IAmNadiaBuari) and posted some pictures of her trimmer body.
She said in a recent interview that she lost 10kg in 6 months. On how she lost the weight, she told a fan on Twitter: Mind u, I wasn’t fat, only a bit chuby, so losing it ws hard & easy. hard cos I’m a real food lovr and easy cos I didnt av to loose much
She looks like she’s having some fun and we totally love this new look!
"I always knew that they would take over, but never this soon. Nigerians are giving their best in the music industry and this is ten of Nigeria's Hottest Musicians today."
Call him the “small boy wonder”, Wizkid is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most promising acts for the future.
He’s got everything that should aid a smooth transition to the top. A fine singer who’s got Africa dancing to his music, Wizkid has, since his arrival on the Nigerian music scene, given African music a whole new meaning and twist. With several awards and nominations from both local and international schemes to his credit, the “Don’t dull”, “Tease me”, “Pakurumo”and “Holla at your boy” singer is the “kid” to watch. Wizkid's Fan Page
One of Africa's most well-known artists, Asa makes singing look effortless. Her global hit song “Jailer” is a testament to the depth of talent she wields.
Constantly making a case for Nigerian musicians, Asa combines absolute skill, and a flawless command of her act, to produce hits one after another. The 30-year-old World Music singer, born in Paris and raised in Lagos, is inspired by the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey.
The 2011 Best Female Act at the French Music Awards is without doubt, one of the finest singers the world of music has ever produced. Her 2010 effort “Beautiful Imperfection” was a big success that followed the now-famed 2007 debut, which also saw her at her utmost best fusing pop, R&B, funk, soul and reggae, an end product that wowed the world. Asa's Fan Page
He is without doubt, the greatest Nigerian rapper alive. He commands an enormous respect not just among his many Nigerian fans but even within industry circles. M.I’s delivery skill and unique punch lines over the years have endeared him to an almost cult-like following. Recognitions from MTV, BET, and other international mediums have also helped boost his career, which has been on an upward trajectory since he entered the scene. He holds the unofficial title of “African Rapper No.1”, the same title as one of his all-time hit songs. M.I's Fan Page D'Banj
D'Banj is one of Nigeria’s best music heads. He has a global following that can’t stop dancing to his hits including the very latest “Oliver Twist”. He’s been reviewed and featured on almost every important medium, and he is without doubt, the hottest Nigerian act at the moment. A signee to Kanye West’s GOOD Music label, D'Banj is in many aspects, an idol and a gift to the Nigerian music industry. He is winner of several music awards including Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards, and 2011 BET Awards for Best International Act; Africa. D'Banj Fan Page Waje
She’s been hailed as the smooth voice behind the chart toppers. Waje has a unique voice of her own – one that has kept her going for years.
A fine material who became a nationwide sensation after featuring on M.I’s”One Naira”, Waje is one to watch. She featured on the remake of P-Square’s most recent hit “Omoge Mi” as well as their “Do Me” track, off the Game Over album released in 2007. She is a recipient of multiple nominations for music awards.
26-year-old Brymo is considered one of Nigeria’s finest male singers. He rose to fame when he featured on the then popular “Oleku” song by fellow Chocolate City label mate Ice Prince. Post “Oleku” he has become the artist want to feature in their songs in the hopes of creating a hit that goes platinum. Recent successes include topping the charts with songs like Ara, which is a favourite of many across the continent, “Good morning”, and the most recent single “Go hard”. Brymo's Fan Page Omawumi
Omawumi, 30, is a past “Idols West Africa” finalist, whose debut single “In The Music”, became an instant hit in 2008. “In The Music”, a Kwaito-driven song laced with subtle traces of Pidgin English, saw her top the charts for months. In 2009, she released her much anticipated “Wonderwoman” album, which included the now-popular “Ma Fi Mi Shere” song. Onawumi's Fan Page Nneka
Her musical career took off in 2005. Since then, she’s been more than impressive creating songs for a global audience. Nneka is an amazing singer who has been compared to the likes of Nina Simone, Erykah Badu and the legendary Bob Marley. Her debut album Victim of Truth, which was released in the United Kingdom in 2007, was well received. Daughter of a Nigerian father and a German mother, Nneka Egbuna was born in Warri, Oil City in the Delta region of Nigeria. She’s earned praise from a wide range of industry people including Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill. Nneka's Fan Page Davido
His “Dami Duro” single is said to be “one of Nigeria’s top hits ever made”. This could be true considering how well the song has been received. And he continues to live that dream, as a young, super talented musician who is gradually becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian music industry. An artiste of incredible flair, Davido falls under the league of extraordinary young Nigerian musicians the world should look out for. Davido's Fan Page Tiwa Savage
A Grammy Award nominee, and once background singer for George Michael, she’s your typical singer of substance. After years of vocal-backing for other top musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell, Emma Bunton from The Spice Girls, Kelly Clarkson, Andreas Bocelli, and Ms Dynamite among others, Tiwa Savage finally made an entry onto the Nigerian music scene in 2010. Almost immediately, her “Kele Kele Love” single became a hit, recording enormous success across Nigeria and parts of Africa. An amazing songwriter, Savage has also written songs for the likes of Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, Monica and Mya. In 2009, she signed as a singer/songwriter with SONY/ATV a deal that did a lot of good to her credibility as a fine material. She is currently signed to Mavin Records, owned by Nigerian producer Don Jazzy. Follow Tiwa Savage on Twitter
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You don't need to be an architectural whizz to appreciate some of the world's most chic, futuristic places to spend your money, but we will leave it to the experts when it comes to actually deciding which ones are worth a visit. Publisher, Taschen, has the final word on cool in its new Architectural Now! book called Fat Shop Drink, and they shared 11 extracts with us.
Galleria Centrecity, Cheonan, South Korea The architect: UNStudio It is: a shopping mall
The exterior of the building creates an optical illusion with two layers of customised aluminium extrusion profiles on top of a back layer of composite aluminium cladding. Waves of colour cross the facade at night. The architects have also created a VIP Room, art centre and customerwhite service zones.
The architect: Rojkind Arquitectos It's a: Restaurant
he project was carried out in a former house, the residential interior of which was stripped out. The client sought a Japanese interpretation that would be 'contemporary and cosmopolitan'. The unusual facade was made of two self-supporting layers of steel plates cut with a CNC machine and then handcrafted.
The architect: Hakuhodo
It is: a shop
The And Market concept was developed by Atsushi Muroi and Hattori Kimitaro for Japan's first smart phone retailer that is not part of a major mobile phone company. Customers can buy phones, accessories and applications, and benefit from various membership services, not confined to any one certain carrier both in the retail shop and on the website.
The architect: Concrete
It is: a restaurant
The IQ Creative Group decided to revive this restaurant which was a well-known fixture of Amsterdam in the 70s and 80s. referring to the Dutch tradition of putting Persian rugs on tables, they designed a floor made of Portuguese cement that tiles that recall the pattern of these rugs. In the style of a brasserie, Witteveen is both a bar and a restaurant, open all day.
The architect: 2G arquitectos It is: a nightclub The Nébula or Lightcloud is a small discotheque. The space concerned served as a bar and had been completely soundproofed, allowing the architect to carry out the new design with a considerable cost saving but requiring him to respect the existing envelope to the greatest extent possible. Juan Manuel González from 2G arquitectos calls the result an 'intelligent environment of light and sound'.
Architect: David Lynch It is: a nightclub
Silenciois located at 142 Montmartre in Paris, in an 1883 building on the site of the headquarters of the newspaper La France. The structure subsequently served as the Paul Dupont printing houses. David Lynch conceived the interior design and furniture, and even the carpets of Silencio. The basic colour scheme is a gold monochrome including a good deal of actual gold leaf.
The architect: Estudio Nómada It is: a cafe and shop The project is situated in two structures next to the Archive of Galicia, part of Peter Eisenman's Galician City of Culture. The architects broke through preecisting walls to link the two spaces of cafe and shop with one long, shared bar, recalling the typology of Galician village canteens.
The architect: Rizoma Arquitectura It is: a shop Located in the grounds of the Inhotim Contemporary Art Center, this shop is intended for the sale of plants and garden utensils. The architects explain: 'The shop is simply an open shelter to keep the products protected from the weather. It consists only of four elements: two service boxes and two walls.' Like the Oiticica restaurant, the Botanical Shop, made with concrete, wood and stone, was erected in a very brief, three-month period.
The architect: March Studio It is: a shop The architects say: 'The wood of choice for this store is Victorian ash, a timber grown in renewable forests across Australia. The wood was cut in a factory in Melbourne's inner-city suburb of Richmond, then each of the approximately 3,500 pieces was hand-cut, hand-sanded, sealed, and numbered according to meticulously drafted plans before being strategically packed in shipping crates.' Created in 1987 in Melbourne, Aesop markets products for the skin, hair and body, presented here on an accumulation of ash planks.
The architect: Marcio Kogan It is: a hotel Located in the Alentejo area of Portugal, L'And Vineyards includes a 22-suite exclusive country club hotel and a residential development. The central reception building contains a 'contemporary reinterpretation of Roman and Arabix atrium architecture', creating a generous living room, library and gift shop offering vineyard products. The central building also houses a winery, a 'wine club', an 800-square-metre spa, a courtyard restaurant and lobby lounge area.