By Marina Correa Photography: Philippe Ruault; courtesy the architects

The Giraffe Childcare Centre designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architects introduces a dollop of fantasy into the routine lives of suburban Parisian townsfolk-

Niched between a towering structure, next to a neighbourhood built in the 70s and a newly constructed area, it was imperative that the healthcare centre did not -get lost’ within the urban landscape – hence the building is composed of three tiers and each is identified by a unique concrete animal sculpture.

The facades of the building are made out of white corrugated iron that provides a minimal background to the animal sculptures.

Interestingly, each of the south-facing playgrounds is in continuity with the interior spaces; while the urban landscape is animated using a child’s imagination. The wild animal sculptures appropriate a space: a giraffe appears to be peacefully eating the leaves of the trees from the neighbouring park; a polar bear tries to clamber up the steps, while a family of ladybirds climbs the faade in an attempt to reach the interior patio.

Architecture turns into storytelling. The building changes its identity and becomes a landscape in its own right; a metaphor for the urban jungle. The animals and the trees link the building to nature and motion.

Besides infusing a playful and poetic element, this building has also been awarded a green, zero energy efficiency label, making it not just aesthetically appeasing but also one that respects its environment.

Becoming a prominent landmark for the nursery, the affable animal forms transport us to a make-believe world. When pondered upon, definitely a project that goes way beyond the surface to attribute human characteristics and ethos to the emotional, functional routine of a child daycare centre.

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Establishing the perfect ambiance for your restaurant is a dream that many restaurateurs yearn for. You want to create a welcoming and magnificently decorated atmosphere similar to that found in a home where your clients can relax and unwind. However, the investor must be very careful while selecting restaurant furniture. Do not be satisfied with merely the appearance of the dcor, but also consider factors like durability. Investing in long-lasting and practical restaurant furniture and accessories that do not go beyond your budget is imperative. Before purchasing these pieces, it is important to go through inventory on hand of different pieces of furnishings so that you can select those that blend well with your decor and those that create a perfect atmosphere for dining.

There are numerous seating options designed to suit different restaurant types. Restaurants with a bar theme will go well with stools for seating, while more formal dining establishment will go with high-backed chairs. There are many different choices between the two as well, depending on the type of restaurant you have, bar versus family versus formal, and everything in between. The seating plan can be done in different styles such as modern design or traditional design. Decide on one theme and select the appropriate seating options that will enhance relaxation and not go beyond your budget.

Put some thought into the tables that you choose. Table bases and tops should offer a spacious surface, be of the correct height, while being aware of leg space and seating arrangement. Table maintenance will be imperative to prevent wear and tear. Tables come in many different sizes, shapes, materials, and finishes; so choose wisely in accordance with your budget and dcor requirements.

The main thing to consider when designing an appealing restaurant is to select eye-catching but durable furniture. There are different kinds of furnishing you can choose from, and with different varieties you can easily come up with a superb dining business. Prepare a reasonable budget and list all the items you require to begin your business and then everything else will fall into place.

Garden sheds are sort of multipurpose storage place wherein you can store from most important to less important things in your property. The two major types of garden sheds available are In plastic and wooden. The durability of the shed depends on the material. There are many manufacturers and suppliers of garden shed in Bolton. So once you have selected which type of shed to go in for then the further segregation comes according to your use. All the manufacturers make custom made products to fit in your garden. You can order shed if you fit in any one of the following.

Sheds by size: most important factor to keep in mind while buying a shed. The size of the shed should be according to your utility and requirement. Its not the best idea to go for bigger shed when you are never going to use it.

Garden shed: normal shed to store the gardening equipments. Its not required to go for a massive shed if you are just going to store equipments.

Security shed: tough material of the shed to store the valuable or your household things which you don’t use it regularly but needs to be stored safely.

Summer houses: small arrangement for you to relax while your barbeque is cooked.

One can also fit a concrete garage type of arrangement in the garden. However this arrangement is going to be permanent and not easy to move compared to the wooden garden shed. Concrete garages are best explained if your purpose is not served by the wooden garden shed. If the requirement of the space is more then only one should go for concrete garage arrangement. There are many designs of concrete garages available in the market few of them are mentioned below to fit ones need.

Apex concrete garage: storing use with a distinctive look to fit your property.

Sloping concrete garage: simple arrangement giving a building like look.

Elite: more durable with the use of PVC and bricks and better quality of doors.

Double: need for more room can be satisfied by this arrangement with affordable prices.

Attached: sturdily attached to the house to increase the storage area.

Battery: three or more concrete garage arrangement to fit the need. Can be of same or of different length. Doesn’t need to be fitted in the same line.

X-height: little elevated than the normal garage so that high rise vehicles can fit easily.

Above are some of the tips to make your selection of shed easier.

David Botham currently researching on garden sheds. Stay connected with David for more information about garden sheds and concrete garages.

Paramount is a group of certain private organizations. This group is providing some of the best arrangements of townships and residential complexes in the real estate sector. These townships and residential areas are fully equipped with latest technologies. These townships can be the best options for those who are looking for a suitable residential areas built with the best state-of-art for having a comfort environment.

You can comfortably Purchase properties in Greater Noida at quite affordable rates for commercial as well as residential purposes too as the Paramount group is ready to facilitate your move. The group is involved in building commercial complexes along with the residential areas. Several projects are in pipeline and many of them are at the execution state in various cities of India by the group. Presently, the group is focusing to have the planned township areas in major cities of India and their extension regions such as Delhi and Noida. More and more customers want to buy properties in Greater Noida region as Delhi and Noida are getting over-crowded. Paramount group is developing the residential areas totally according to the demands of their customer base in Greater Noida and its extension regions. Having its corporate office in Noida, the group is providing several townships in Noida as well as Greater Noida region both. Number of projects had been successfully completed by the group such as Paramount Residency, Paramount Apartments, Paramount Executive Floors and Paramount Arcade. Apart from these projects there are several ongoing projects that are under construction. Some of the ongoing projects of the group are Paramount Emotions, Paramount Floraville, Paramount Panorama, Crossings Republik, Paramount Tulip, Paramount Orchid, Paramount Mapple, Orbit Plaza, Paramount Symphony, Paramount Pavalion and Paramount Spectrum. These projects have all those capabilities that can compel any of you to purchase properties in Greater Noida.

Paramount IT project is one of the upcoming projects of the organization that has to be built over an area of 25 acres. Greater Noida Authority has provided this area to the group for this project at knowledge park6. This proposed project is supposed to have some of the world class level facilities including IT setup, residential complexes, Multiplexes, Hotels and Service apartments. A team of qualified engineers, architects and corporate professionals are the foundation pillars of the success of the group.

Those who are looking to have their own home in NCR can Buy properties in Greater Noida. region as the ongoing projects by the organization could be the suitable option for the same. These projects consist of well-accommodated residential areas that have flats and apartments within the budget range of the every class of society. So, what you are waiting for! Go and experience the comfort of your dream home at the townships of Paramount Group.

Real estate in Chennai is on the verge of a crashing market, believes industry experts. Chennai property prices have seen an escalation of almost 200 per cent in the last few years. But with the global slump in the real estate industry Chennai real estate has also slowed down.

Number of Chennai real estate developers has been able sold only a few of their properties in the last quarter. R Mohanty, real estate agent from Chennai states, “The residential real estate prices in Chennai have grown by leaps and bounds making it difficult for buyers to purchase a home in the city. The increased loan rates have now made it worse. Though the prices are witnessing correction people are awaiting the market to further stabilize.”

Research reveals that there has been a 90 per cent drop in demand for residential projects since the start of the year.

Notably, Old Mahabalipuram Road, the hottest real estate destination in Chennai is also loosing pace. Cursing the fading effect of the place on lack of infrastructure facilities, Chennai real estate agents say there have been only a few transactions in the area for quite sometime.

The commercial sector is also witnessing a downfall. The Central Business District in Chennai has seen a 15 per cent drop, media reports.

IT companies largely drive the demand for Chennai properties but due to the current market recession many companies have postponed their expansion plans. As a result supply of office space in the city has exceeded demand. Huge chunks of office space are lying unoccupied. Subsequently, Chennai real estate builders are now waiting to launch their projects.

Besides global recession, inflation, the rising home loan rates and increasing input costs have also resulted in slump in property transactions in Chennai. Realtors in Chennai are struggling to sell properties. Though price correction is taking place in Chennai Real Estate sector but realty experts predict that the market will bounce back.

By Team IAnd Photography: Courtesy the architects

17 years into the making, the Australian garden, winner of the -Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson is a garden of discovery, of multiple experiences and of cumulative knowledge…

The completion of the Australian garden situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, comes at a time when botanic gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms and re-focussing on new messages of landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement.

Attempting to recreate the seductive qualities of the Australian landscape that have inspired many a designer, writer and artist, the landscape design creates a sequence of powerful sculptural and artistic experiences that recognise its diversity, breadth of scale and wonderful contrasts. Via these creative landscape compositions, the project seeks to stimulate and educate visitors into the potential use and diversity of Australian flora.

On the east side of the garden, exhibition gardens display landscapes, research plots and forestry arrays that illustrate a more formal approach, whilst on the west, visitors are subsumed by gardens that are inspired by natural cycles, immersive landscapes and irregular floristic forms. Water plays a mediating role between the two, taking visitors from rock pool escarpments, meandering river bends to Melaleuca spits and coastal edges.

Visitors engage with the botanical collections via an intrinsically interpretive experience. Didactic signage is shunned in favour of a landscape design approach that captures a heightened experience not relying on mimicry or simulacra. Designed experiences such as walking across the tangle of a Eucalypt forest floor, or the passage through wind pruned coastal heath, comprises a narrative that informs the composition, while the experience reinforces the message. It aims to strike a balance between abstraction, metaphor and poetry.

Visitors are invited into the landscape via a pathway system that constantly morphs according to the landscape narrative and garden experience. Crusty paths in the Gondwana Garden shift to become an over water circular grated plate which connects to a field of stones where the actual path is no longer apparent. It allows many layers of emotional and intellectual discovery, so not every visitor will take home the same message, as each will have their own experience.

Developed in a former sand quarry, it allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe, bringing together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It showcases some 170,000 plants across 1700 species all adapted to its challenging site condition.

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Gardens offer benefits to a home. They are one of the best ways to increase the beauty of any home, and to add a touch of nature, and tranquility. Not only that, but they can serve many purposes and can be used as an extension of your living space.

It is important to put some effort and thought into decorating your garden. One of the important aspects of garden decor is the garden lighting. Lighting is something that can really transform a garden. It not only serves a functional purpose, but also helps improve the ambiance, and atmosphere of your garden. The right lighting can really make all the difference.

There are many styles of garden lighting. If you have a walking path in your garden, you can go for path lighting. These can be small lights, which illuminate the path as it goes along. These can be placed at regular intervals along the path. Path lights not only add beauty, but also help you see the path at night. Similarly, step lighting can be used to highlight the steps of any other unsafe areas in your garden.

If you have a pond or any other water feature in your garden, you can go for marine lighting. These can be around the water source or even under the water. These lights look beautiful, and add a very surreal beauty to the garden. In addition, they bring attention to your water feature, which is one of the most essential parts of your garden. Another type of lighting which is perfect for aesthetic use is shadow lighting. If you have large plants or flowers in your garden, you can use shadow lighting, which creates a very dramatic effect by projecting their shadows on the walls.

Another type of lighting is down lighting. In this type of lighting, objects are illuminated from above, which gives a very natural effect. Up lighting, on the other hand, includes lighting from below, which is mostly used for highlighting focal points in the garden. These can be placed at the foot of trees or plants to illuminate them.

Make sure that the type of lighting you are using is appropriate for your garden. Do not use too many different types of lightings, as these can have a negative effect on your gardens beauty. Always remember that lighting should serve a functional and aesthetic purpose, so do not only focus on one aspect.

When it comes to decorating your home or rooms in the French style, one of the things to keep in mind is that natural materials are the best choice.

Wood
If you opt for a wood floor, choose a warm, soft colour that will go well with both the rustic elements that may be present in your room and with any of the bolder colours that you may choose.

Stone
Stone is a fabulous choice for a room decorated in the French style. Stone, which comes in a variety of colours, is both natural and rustic looking, making a perfect fit.

Rugs
If you do choose to add rugs to your room, consider area rugs rather than a complete room of carpeting. Choose rugs made from wool or cotton to maintain the use of natural materials in the room.

Neutral
As mentioned above, flooring is one of the most important design elements in a room. It should not be, however, the dominant element. The floor needs to do its job quietly, providing a foundation upon which the rest of the room is built. For that reason, it is usually better to choose neutral flooring options rather than something that will grab attention right away.

Have a Plan
Novice designers often make the mistake of seeing a single element that they love, such as flooring, and buying it before they have really considered the rest of the room. As mentioned above, the floor is not a separate entity, but it needs to be considered as part of the overall design plan of the room. If you see flooring that you like, get a sample or add a photo to your design file, but dont make any final decisions until you have an idea about what else is going into the room.

You can buy French accessories or furniture without the expence of travelling to France and importing them. There are plenty of dedicated online French boutiques which have all kinds of accessories which are made using natural materials. You may find they are a little expensive as these online stores have to import the goods themselves which means they need to make the money up with their prices. But you will still find that items will be cheaper than actually visiting France and having them shipped to your home. Plus you also have the added bonus of comparing items with different online shops without leaving your home. The internet has changed the way we shop for the better. So if you want to create that homly french feel, there really is nothing stopping you.

The MCPD qualification provides you, your colleagues, and business employers with impartial evidence of your developer skills using MS Visual Studio, the Microsoft .NET Framework, and other progression technological innovation.

In addition, MCPD qualification provides you with access to unique sources and benefits, such as possibilities to hook up with an international system of qualified designers. MCPD qualification needs two to three years of appropriate experience and an obligation to staying current in best methods and technological innovation.

Microsoft MCPD .Net 4.0 Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 qualification is developed to analyze the professionals expertise to create programs by using Visual Studio 2010 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. The MCPD .Net 4.0 Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 certification validates your abilities and capabilities in web progression.
Exams

MCPD .Net 4.0 Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 qualification consists of one primary examination and three precondition examinations: These are as follows:
Three prerequisite examinations:

Exam 70-515 (C#): TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-513 (C#): TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-516 (C#): TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
MCPD primary examination:

Exam 70-519 (C#): PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

After qualifying all the four examinations efficiently, you will be acknowledged with the MCPD Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 qualification. All the four examinations are available in two dialects C# (CSharp) and VB (Visual Basic). You can take these examinations in any one of the available dialects.

Microsoft MCPD .Net 4.0 Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 Certification Career Options

Earning a MCPD .Net 4.0 Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 certification after you complete all the MCPD examinations open up several profession options for the basic IT professional. The job tasks for MCPD .Net 4.0 Developer on Visual Studio 2010 qualified experts generally consist of web designer, software developer, and program developer.
Training

There is no fast idea for achievements. Several researches show that the best way to understand is to take a test. Exercise assessments that are. Getting practice assessments, and training on special software and taking simulated tests before a real examination appear to be the most well-known technique of studying.

Advantages

MCPD .Net 4.0 Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 qualification Examination is regarded by technology companies across the planet to be the market conventional statistic of a professionals knowledge of software, Microsoft Windows, web, database basic principles.

Surveys indicate that those with a qualification are more likely to obtain greater incomes and more profession possibilities than those without a qualification.

Microsoft items are most commonly used these days and the MCPD Web Developer 4.0 qualification shows skills on the MS products and technological innovation.

MCPD .Net 4.0 Web Developer on Visual Studio 2010 qualification is beneficial for experts who have entry-level qualifications in related technological innovation to update their experience and get acknowledgement from the market.

Why to hire Drupal programmer for custom development of multi-user blog portal? Since, a skilled professional has an extensive knowledge about the core Drupal framework and so, it is advisable to hire developer to let the work done with specialized hands. By means of custom Drupal development, a skilled web developer add high degree of functionality in multi-user blog portal and hereby, streamline the entire process of managing development of site.

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