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Blissful Santorini

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Before the holiday season is truly over I couldn't resist sharing this mesmerising pool cave in Santorini. Total bliss!

Less is More in New York

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A great atmosphere pervades in this New York home.  The House by the Pond in Water Mill, NY, is spacious yet cosy.  In accordance with their company philosophy "less is more",  Stelle Architects have created a home which respects the beauty and fragility of the natural landscape. A calm and serene atmosphere with nature's greenery all around and the water level with the interior... Superb views from the kitchen... Highly efficient glazing and innovative choice of materials were used to create this sleek home. Energy efficiency is increased with a geothermal heating and cooling system and the use of overhangs and sunshades, so less air conditioning power is required during the summer season.  In winter, solar heat helps to keep the property warm. Photography:  Matthew Carbone  and  Frank Oudeman

Dazzling London 2012

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The amazing 80,000 seat stadium at London 2012 is the lightest Olympic stadium ever built, due to its innovative design.  Not only was the entire Olympic village stunning, but the event mesmerised and wowed the world.  The breathtaking Games surpassed all others in splendour and excitement. Circling the stadium, fourteen lighting towers, with HD freeze-frame television coverage, captured the sporting spectacle. An estimated two billion people watched live in anticipation as Usain Bolt won the 100 metre final.  But, Bolt's 200 metre sprint for Jamaica was the most tweeted topic during the Games, with 80,000 tweets per minute.   The supporting structure of the roof was formed from 2,500 tonnes of steel tubing which were recycled from old gas pipelines. After the Games the permanent, lower tier, which holds 25,000 people will remain, but the upper tier of 55,000 seats will be dismantled and removed. Work in progress on the Olympic village earlier this year... It'

Solve the Architectural Mystery

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This vast, sleek architectural blackness has been newly built for a momentous and grand occasion.  Can you guess which one?   Answer is in the comments box below.

Manhattan Living with Ralph Lauren

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Lacquered white shelving creates an organised backdrop to this stylish seating arrangement in fashion designer Ralph Lauren's library.  A great place to languish and read... In the living room of Ralph Lauren's Manhattan duplex apartment, clean lines and everything placed at low level helps to amplify the lightness and purity of the white walls... Expertly displayed arrangements give the apartment a unified, calm feel... Dark floors and accessories contrast with the white and add balance.  The black cashmere throw on the white sofa, from Ralph Lauren Home , adds luxury and comfort... Another asymmetrical display creates drama and elegance... As you would expect the kitchen is sleek and sophisticated.  This time white lacquer is teamed with stainless steel... Ralph Lauren's master bathroom has a stunning view of Central Park's reservoir.  Light bounces around the reflective surfaces in the room, with Thassos marble on the floor and countertops, m

Remembering Princess Diana

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A bare-footed sensory experience at the Princess Diana memorial in London's Hyde Park is thoroughly enjoyed, especially on glorious summer days.

A Home in the Med

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This private residence on Aegina island in Greece is surrounded by water from its own adjoining turquoise pool and the stunning blue sea.

A Greek Paradise

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The rawness and beauty of Skopelos island in Greece...