Check out this stunning riverside house just outside of Ghent, Belgium that was built by architects Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects for a single man in his forties.
The home is the ultimate bachelor pad, loaded with unique features and amenities including an underground nightclub, a car lift that lets the owner lower one of his sports cars into a display area, built-in cigar and wine cabinets, and a view into the depths of the pool.
They say a picture is worth 1000 words, so we’ll shut up and let the pictures speak for themselves:
Pretty spectacular, don’t you think? Something tells me this bachelor won’t have many lonely nights once word of his insane house starts to spread. Click here to learn more about Residence VDB.
Photo credit: Tim Van de Velde
Land Rover Celebrates 70th Anniversary With 400HP Defender Works V8
If you’ve always longed for an iconic Land Rover Defender, you are in luck, as Land Rover is reviving the old classic to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary. Even better, they have given the old off-roader more power, with a 5.0-liter V8 that puts out 400 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. That’s a considerable bump in power from the last Defender, which put out a paltry 182 horsepower.
The Defender Works V8 sprints from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 106 mph. Any faster than that, and it’d probably get pretty hairy, because as you can see, these cars aren’t exactly aerodynamic..
Rounding out the package is an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with sport mode, uprated brakes and handling kit (springs, dampers and anti-roll bars), plus 18-inch diamond-turned Sawtooth alloy wheels and 265/65 R18 all-terrain tires. Machined aluminum door handles, fuel filler cap and Defender lettering give a little bit of bling, while LED headlights help you see better.
“The idea of reintroducing a V8 Defender was something we were discussing as far back as 2014, when we were still building the Defender in Solihull. We knew the demand was there for a powerful and fast Defender; the Land Rover authenticity is the ultimate finishing touch for discerning clients buying these collector’s edition Defenders,” said Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director.
Perhaps most interesting is that the Defender Works V8 starts out as an existing Defender, with 150 vehicles specifically selected to get re-engineered by Land Rover Classic. These vehicles have fewer than 20,000 miles and were built between 2012 and 2016.
Sadly, the Land Rover Defender Works V8 won’t be sold in the United States. 🙁
Pricing for the Defender Works V8 starts from £150,000 (roughly $208,000). Only 150 of these beauties are being built, so if you want one, you’ll have to act quickly.
Visit www.landrover.com for more information on the Land Rover Defender Works V8.
Lamborghini’s New Urus ‘Super SUV’ Packs 650 HP, Does 0-60 In 3.6 Seconds
After years of speculation, Lamborghini has finally unveiled their performance SUV, the Lamborghini Urus. The “first Super Sports Utility Vehicle” creates a new niche in the luxury segment with benchmarking power, performance and driving dynamics, unparalleled design, luxury and daily usability.
The Italian manufacturer flirted with the concept of an SUV once before with the militaristic LM002, which was a commercial disaster, only selling 300 vehicles. This time around, Lamborghini is taking a more measured approach, following the success of the Bentley Bentayga with a version of their own, using the same platform, with a body that looks like a Huracan on steroids.
Powering the Lamborghini Urus is a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out 650 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. That’s good for a 0-62 MPH time of just 3.6 seconds, and 0-124 MPH in 12.8 seconds. That’s one fast SUV, especially given it’s considerable weight of 4,850 pounds!
The power is routed to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, with a torque converter used to ensure maximum engine response, and active torque vectoring to ensure the best possible traction should you decide to go off-roading with it. (Though who are we kidding, most of these will never see any dirt in their lifetime)
While reactions to the exterior styling of the Urus have been mixed at best, I have no doubt that Lamborghini will sell every one they produce, as SUVs are red-hot right now, and the Urus gives you bragging rights about owning the fastest production SUV on the planet. It’s a smart business decision by Lamborghini, and with a starting price of $200,000, it’s priced competitively to boot.
The Lamborghini Urus is slated to hit dealerships in Spring 2018, so if you want one, you should probably get your order in now, before it’s too late.
Lamborghini Urus Specifications
- Engine: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8
- Horsepower: 650 horsepower
- Torque: 627 lb-ft of torque
- 0-62: 3.5 seconds
- Weight: 4,850 pounds
- Top Speed: 189.5 MPH
- Price: $200,000
What do you think of the Lamborghini Urus?
World’s First ‘Sky Pool’ Will Let You Swim Through The Air
Embassy Gardens, a luxury apartment complex opening in London’s Nine Elms district, has unveiled plans to build the world’s first sky pool – A 90 foot long pool that stretches between the complex’s two towers, allowing residents to swim between the rooftop bar, spa, and orangery. The clear swimming pool is perched 10 stories in the air, making you feel like you’re swimming through the air. Meanwhile, pedestrians below will actually be able to look up through the bottom of the pool to see people swimming above them.
The transparent pool will be 10 feet deep with a water depth of 4 feet, and will be constructed with the help of aquarium designers using 8-inch-thick sheets of glass to ensure that it doesn’t shatter and send swimmers falling from the sky.
“My vision for the sky pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering. I wanted to do something that had never been done before,” said Sean Mulryan, chairman and CEO of the Ballymore Group, the project’s developers. “The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”
Living in a building with a sky pool won’t come cheap. Units at Embassy Gardens start at around $950,000. The first residences are expected to be completed in 2017, the pool in 2018.
Personally, I think this idea sounds completely insane. But what do you think? Would you have the nerve to swim in the Embassy Gardens sky pool?