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Underwater space training

How astronauts are prepared for danger-filled space missions in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab.

Training for the weightlessness of space is a major undertaking on NASA’s part that requires a dedicated test facility and a battery of cutting-edge equipment. As zero gravity free-fall on a specially adapted flight isn’t practical for long training periods and anti-gravity ‘machines’ are set to remain the stuff of science fiction, NASA uses the 23.5-million-litre (6.2-million-gallon) giant swimming pool at its Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas.

Neutral buoyancy itself is a property of an object that gives it an equal tendency to float to the

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The perfect balance.

This multifaceted outdoor area provides interest at every turn, while still maintaining a relaxed and timeless feel.

The brief from the owners of this beautiful Mosman home had a number of facets. Primarily, the clients wanted to make the most of their courtyard space by creating outdoor living areas and extending the house into the garden. All the main living spaces either opened directly into the garden or had views and vistas to be considered. The owners also used the rear gate as their main access to and from the house, so they wanted an easy way through the garden

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THE Newcomers

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MONASTERO SANTA ROSA, ITALY

This 20-room hotel, housed in a 17th-century former convent, has been 11 years in the making. Looking down from a clifltop, it’s gasp-inducingly beautiful and tranquil. Paved terraces dotted with double day-beds, canopied sun loungers and swings a deux cascade down the hillside, to the aqua infinity pool with dizzying views of the sea below. The rooms are all local chestnut and walnut furniture, marble bathrooms, king-size beds and eye-popping sea vistas. This is Italy so food is, naturally, a highlight.

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SUBTLE SIMPLICITY

This beautifully designed cabana is the perfect place to relax after a game of tennis or a swim.

A Total Concept Landscape Architects was commissioned to design the extensive external entertaining areas of this Brisbane acreage property integrating a cabana, swimming pool and tennis court for relaxing and socialising. The location of the tennis court was set on level areas of the property running east-west, which suggested the location of the cabana and swimming pool. Positioning the pool to take advantage of level changes from the court to the home enabled A Total Concept Landscape Architects to utilise the outside

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SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW

A stunning example of how simple modernist design and contemprory landscaping can reinvigorate a stately home.

Having completed a renovation of their Edwardian house in 1998, the owners contacted Russell Barrett Architects after purchasing a north-adjoining property. The idea was to construct a swimming pool, pool house and a new garden in order to integrate both sites.

The owners wanted a summer house for their three teenage boys and their friends, and a winter haven for the keen football supporters to come together to watch matches on TV in the cooler months.

The intricate design process required the homeowners, architect

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OASIS BULGARI

The skill of creating timeless masterpieces with an emphasis on exceptional quality materials and brilliant engineering ideas into fully embodied in the concept of the new Bulgari SPA, recognized as one of the best SPA-centers of the British capital. Its design involved famous designers Antonio Citterio and Patricia Vielha, who managed to emphasize the rigorous luxury brand BULGARI.

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Alexander Younis CEO «ATLANTIC SPA»

— We have before us the pearl of SPA-industry. This SPA-complex — the standard of style, technology and beauty. All components of the modern SPA: relaxation area, a set of treatment rooms, saunas, hot tubs,

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NP «Russian elevator ASSOCIATION»

Dear Colleagues!

1) On the basis of the SRO NP «Russian lift association» Omori in conjunction with the «National League» within the scope of the federal law «On self-regulatory organizations» number 315-FZ of G1.12.2001 year created the All-Russia elevator complex self-regulating organization of activities according to the NACE code — design, manufacturing and components of elevators, maintenance, repair, all kinds of expert work on the elevators.

01.2008, the created-Russian self-regulatory organization «Support of Russia» in the construction industry with the formation of the Department of the elevator industry is responsible for issuing certificates of admission to the works on

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ENTERTAINING ALFRESCO

This dazzling outdoor area features several entertaining spaces for the owners and their guests to enjoy.

The homeowners of this property wanted to create an ideal space for entertaining by the pool. They also wanted to incorporate the latest in water sanitisation, as well as an environmentally-sensitive pool. The swimming pool was constructed to the far rear end of the property on a sloping block. This proved challenging as the existing yard had several areas of different heights. These level changes were overcome by creating large planter boxes and a sunken entertainment area that adjoined the swimming pool. The sunken

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EASE AND ELEGANCE

Conteporary design and a stunning pool are just some of the standout features of this family-friendly space.

Building a new home can be one of the most rewarding and challenging projects you’ll undertake. However, the experience and eventual outcome can be highly influenced by the professionals you choose to help you through this process. A professional architect or building contractor is an obvious choice when it comes to creating your dream home, and these days so too is selecting a landscape designer for your outdoor areas.

Today, homeowners are creating more outdoor living spaces that act as an extension of

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CASUAL ELEGANCE

This private retreat is a place where one can leave behind the day-to-day grind and unwind in the comfort of home.

This private and serene outdoor retreat was designed by Dean Herald of Rolling Stone Landscapes. The brief given to Dean by the homeowners was to create an outdoor area that would make the most of the relatively small backyard space. They also needed the design to fit in with the look of their new contemporary-style home. The area would be used for relaxing and unwinding, so privacy from neighbouring properties was an important factor. A pool and outdoor entertaining

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