In the papers today: 21.02.08. Baby you can varnish my car
The Telegraph reports that even Porsche's fastest car would struggle to keep up with 'The Splinter', a supercar designed by a US company that has two-seats, a top speed of 380kph – and is made of wood. 'Wood has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than aluminium and steel', explains designer Joe Harmon.
The sort of people who might have the right money:sense ratio to invest in a wooden supercar might also enjoy the 'opulent' lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5, as shown in the Evening Standard . The louges, which cost £60 million, feature champagne bars and Swarovski crystal chandeliers and range in exclusivity from the Galleries Club lounge (for the plebs), all the way to the ultra-swanky Gold Executive Club lounge (where Roman Abramovich and Richard Rogers can no doubt be found clinking Armagnac glasses and puffing on Cohibas).
And continuing the super-rich theme, the General Motors Building in New York's Central Park is up for sale, reports The Times . The iconic marble-clad 50-storey tower is yours for just $3 billion (£1.5 billion). Parking space for wooden supercars (presumably) included.
Meanwhile in Amsterdam, the ever-ingenious Dutch have come up with a novel way to tackle space shortage in the country. Land reclamation being so last century, a consortium of architects and engineers in the Dutch capital is planning to dig 60m underneath the city and create a network of subterranean car parks, cinemas and sports halls, says the Guardian . Did someone say subsidence?
And finally, the Independent reports on a comfortingly small-scale but extremely aspirational project in Cardiff, where architect Paola Sassi has built her own house to German Passivhaus standards. I can't help but feel that all the wood in Sassi's project could have been put to better use however…