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Tiny home is filled with light

The team over at Shelter Wise has revealed its latest tiny house build, which boasts a feeling of added space and lots of natural light. The "Hikari Box" home features a 184-sq ft (17-sqm) open floorplan, a 79-sq ft (705-sqm) main sleeping loft and an additional 23-sq ft (2-sqm) small loft. The overall design is a culmination of several shed roof designs that Shelter Wise has used in the past, combining the best features of all of them into one single home.Read More

Journey to the Shire: The very best hobbit holes

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit" wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit. The Lord Of The Rings that followed – and the later movie adaptations of both – helped inspire a thriving community of architects and hobbyists hoping to create their own little slice of Middle Earth. Join us as we highlight the best hobbit holes we've seen so far.Read More

UFO home concept floats off-grid ocean living

While you can always head for the hills to wait out the apocalypse, a more stylish option could be a fully sustainable floating home from Italian mini yacht-maker Jet Capsule. The company has drawn up a concept for a saucer-shaped UFO, or Unidentified Floating Object, which offers a completely off-grid existence floating on the ocean.Read More

ZED Pod would turn parking lots into sustainable communities

Parking lots take up a lot of space in our towns and cities – could they be put to better use while still remaining functional? That's the thinking behind a new project by British architecture firm ZED Factory. Its ZED Pod is a small solar-powered home raised on stilts that would be installed in parking lots to create new sustainable communities.Read More

Norwegian cabin doubles-up as a ski jump

Norwegian architecture studio Vardehaugen recently completed a charming off-grid cabin that riffs on the motif of a snowbound home with only its roof protruding through the snow. The cabin's sloping form also serves as a ski jump and toboggan/sledding run.Read More

Elevated park to create Tokyo enclave

A new enclave in Tokyo, Japan, will soon offer places to live, work and relax, as well as act as a gateway to the rest of the city. Added to the existing tower at Toranomon Hills will be three more towers and integrated transported facilities, all linked by an elevated park.Read More

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