Set on a hill overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland, the Comano Villa uses a vast expanse of second-floor glass to maximize the views. The main building is composed almost entirely of black-stained concrete, which was cased in rough-grained wooden boards to provide added texture. Wooden floors add a touch of warmth, both downstairs — where you'll find several bedrooms, baths, and a sitting area — and up. The latter holds the dining area, kitchen, living room, and master bedroom, all connected by a lake-facing terrace that runs the length of the dwelling.
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If installing a brand new, fancy solar roof isn't in your budget, but you still want to reduce your energy bill, these SolarGaps Solar Panel Window Blinds look perfect. The blinds track the sun and adjust position throughout the day to optimal angle to generate solar electricity. Once installed, all you have to do is plug them in, and they begin to power devices throughout your home. You get access to all reports and control systems on your smartphone and start to generate green energy that can reduce your energy bill by up to 70%.
An award-winning renovation of a Spitalfields property, the Huguenot Physicians House restores this early Georgian home to its former glory. The changes start at the top, as the building received a new mansard roof that now holds the master bedroom. The facade turns back the clock to 1725, with a wooden entrance and decorative brickwork above. Inside, both found and reclaimed items help give the rooms the proper sense of character, while windows at the rear bring in natural light and allow views of the fern garden.
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There's one way to improve on the already popular Kirkjuvagr Gin from Orkney: distil a more potent version. Orkney Kirkjuvagr Arkh-Angell Gin is named after the fishing boat that belonged to the late father of one-half of the Orkney management team and is also a reference to its use of a locally grown variety of Norwegian angelica called Archangelica. It's bottled at 114 proof, a level of gravity commonly referred to as "navy strength" in the gin industry but cleverly dubbed "storm strength" by Orkney. Each bottle is hand numbered, and the batch is limited to 1000 bottles.
More Gran Turismo than Mario Kart, the Daymak C5 Blast Go-Kart is a serious piece of kit. Built in Toronto, Canada, the all-electric machine uses a series of Electric Ducted Fan motors to cut its effective weight in half, down to just 100kg, and a liquid-cooled 10kW brushless motor for blistering performance. The result is a 0-60 time of just a second and a half, or faster than any production supercar on the road. It will also be available without the EDF motors for one-sixth of the price, yet still hits 60 in under four seconds, which should be enough for all but the most speed-obsessed.