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The Rhino Cube, by Boulder, Colorado-based company Rhino Cubed (Photo: Rhino Cubed)

Boulder, Colorado-based small home firm Rhino Cubed recently launched its line of shipping container-based micro-homes. The most fully-equipped model is named the Rhino Cube, and is suitable for use as a weekend retreat or full-time dwelling. It can operate either on or off-the-grid, and will set you back US$60,000.  Read More

SPUD design studio recently unveiled The Observatory

Following its previous Exbury Egg project, SPUD design studio recently unveiled a similar endeavor, named The Observatory. It consists of an off-grid retreat that will shelter multi-disciplinary artists for up to two months at a time, in addition to a secondary structure that shall allow members of the public to visit and get involved. SPUD has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for construction costs.  Read More

A new viewing platform has been installed at 360 Chicago that tilts visitors out over a 10...

A new attraction has been installed at a Chicago skyscraper for visitors with a head for heights. 360 Chicago, formerly the John Hancock Observatory, has installed a viewing platform with a difference. Tilt gradually leans visitors out by up to 30 degrees over a 1000 ft (305 m) drop.  Read More

The CityHome project solves typical spatial issues with hidden amenities controlled by han...

For many residents today, the idea of fitting furniture into a 600 sq ft (56 sq m) condo or apartment has become a compact reality. Now a team from MIT’s architectural program have come up with the CityHome project; a versatile appliance-like solution, designed to increase usable space by two or three times.  Read More

The home is located in Denmark Hill, South-East London (Photo: Foxtons)

Some of the most interesting homes we've covered were conceived due to constraints in size, budget, or location. That said, there's generally more to work with than 2.5 meters (8 ft, or 99 inches) in width, as was the case with what's thought to be London's narrowest house. It recently hit the market and is expected to fetch at least £450,000 (US$757,000).  Read More

The Salsa Box tiny house, by Portland, Oregon-based Shelter Wise (Photo: Shelter Wise)

The Salsa Box, by Portland, Oregon-based Shelter Wise, offers yet another take on very small-scale living. Completed earlier this year, and available to purchase from US$22,500, this particular tiny house stands out from the growing crowd with a build quality and interior layout that makes living in a 9 sq m (96 sq ft) space seem not only technically possible, but perhaps even appealing.  Read More

Italian architectural firm, Nemesi & Partners has revealed its plans to clad Palazzo Itali...

Italian architectural firm, Nemesi & Partners, has revealed its award winning plans to clad Palazzo Italia in Milan with a smog-filtering facade as part of the Milan Expo 2015. The unique pavilion will be made from a special air-purifying cement created by Italcementi and will stretch over 9,000 square meters (96, 875 sq ft), requiring an estimated 2,000 tonnes (2,204 tons) of cement to accomplish the feat.  Read More

Casa 7A, by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia (Photo: David Uribe)

High up in the hills around an hour or two's drive from Bogota, Colombia, is located a country villa that boasts a degree of sustainability – and even more luxury. Designed by Arquitectura en Estudio and Natalia Heredia, Casa 7A also sports a novel facade made up of sliding and pivoting wooden screens that can offer both openness and privacy, as required.  Read More

The Container Bar is based in Austin, Texas (Photo: Chris Perez)

Shipping container-based architecture has produced plenty of innovative structures already, but isn't generally associated with beer ... until now. The recently-opened Austin, Texas-based Container Bar brings sustainable architecture and alcoholic beverages together under one roof, and provides a fine example of recycled architectural design, too.  Read More

Designer Antony Gibbon drew upon the wigwam for inspiration while designing the Nook

Native American tribes long used the wigwam as a semi-permanent shelter, and similar dome-shaped huts consisting of a simple framework covered in material serve as home for some African nomadic peoples even today. It makes sense then, that Antony Gibbon drew upon the enduring wigwam for inspiration while designing the Nook: a modern sustainable retreat that can be installed in difficult terrains, and can even float on water.  Read More

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