Zira Island

February 1, 2009

Zira Island is an architectural landscape based on the natural landscape of Azerbaijan.

This new architecture not only recreates the iconic silhouettes of the seven peaks, but more importantly creates an autonomous ecosystem where the flow of air, water, heat and energy are channeled in almost natural ways.

A mountain creates biotopes and eco-niches, it channels water and stores heat, it provides viewpoints and valleys, access and shelter. The Seven Peaks of Azerbaijan are not only metaphors, but actual living models of the mountainous ecosystems of Azerbaijan.

Extract from Arch Daily

Key Buoy

August 16, 2007


Dubbed the ultimate key fob for boaters, this smart little gizmo is ideal for anyone who works or plays on water as it automatically inflates when it hits the wet stuff.

The second the Key Buoy is surrounded by H2O it opens up, releasing an air tube  that inflates automatically. Within 30 seconds the keys will rise to the surface with the 18½” air tube jutting out of the water, allowing you to spot, reach out and retrieve your keys. And there’s no rush because the Key Buoy maintains buoyancy for 40 minutes.

Extract from Firebox

Water-powered Alarm Clock

November 4, 2006


They don’t say how they did it, but maybe its like the hydrogen fuel cell car. Fill up the H2O battery in this multifunction clock, and you have four modes of water powered excitement. You get a clock, an alarm, a countdown timer, and a thermometer. Just a simple 90° rotation is all it takes to go from mode to mode. Each refill last for about 2-3 months. All electronics should be like this!

Extract from Thinkgeek