Designed by Lenz Architects, the aptly-named Shell House looks like a squat turtle with its shell-like roof. The house is located on the outskirts of Almaty, Kazakstan, and can be closed-up to the outside to increase security and privacy.
Swiss firm Evolution Design recently completed work on a unique glass house dubbed Flexhouse. Built on a challenging plot on the banks of Lake Zurich, it boasts a stunning design, a focus on energy-efficiency, and great views. All it really lacks is privacy – this is clearly intended as a place both to see and be seen.Read More
Olympia, Washington-based small living specialist Zyl Vardos has just put the finishing touches to its latest tiny house, the Moon Dragon. Featuring impressive workmanship and a whimsical design that looks like it belongs in an old-fashioned fairytale, the off-grid dwelling boasts a roomy layout and plenty of storage space inside.Read More
Dutch firm MVRDV recently completed an unusual project in Hong Kong that involved the gutting of an existing factory interior and its replacement with all-glass office spaces. Featuring glass walls, glass floors, and glass tables, 133 Wai Yip Street is conceived as a new working space for the business with nothing to hide.Read More
Netherlands-based tiny house enthusiast Marjolein Jonker's new home is definitely one of the more attractive examples of small living we've recently come across. The off-grid tiny house eschews the popular cute miniature cottage look in favor of a more clean-lined and contemporary design that also looks a little more roomy inside than your typical home on wheels. Read More
Alyssa Craft and Jesse Read Moreditched the trappings of city life and bought some land in the Pacific Northwest, deciding to live in a trailer while building themselves a homestead. With winter on its way, the couple wanted to make life more comfortable, so next decided to extend their living space with a small cabin. The cost of construction for this hybrid cabin/garage home came in at just US$300.
The complaint that all tiny houses look the same is a common one, but whether or not you like its unusual styling, the Tiny Drop offers a change from the stereotypical shed-on-wheels look that's common to the scene. Resembling a supersized (and perhaps slightly steampunk-like) teardrop trailer that's actually crashed into a shed, the tiny home boasts a water filtration system and solar power so it can run fully off-the-grid.Read More
Drones are being developed to aid everything from the military to conservation groups, but delivering medical supplies to isolated areas seems a particularly good fit for the technology. The Norman Foster Foundation is developing such a scheme, and the first prototype Droneport was recently displayed at this year's Venice Biennale.Read More
The 2016 Shed of the Year competition includes some of the most innovative, wacky, and downright fun micro-architecture you're likely to see in one place. Highlights include a shed that can withstand a nuclear attack, a sustainable shed built using cobs, and a street-legal shed that packs a V6 engine.Read More
3D printing technology promises to revolutionize architecture in the near-future, allowing designers to literally click-and-print complex buildings at a lower cost and faster speed than traditional construction methods allow. Another step forward in the field comes via Dubai, where what's hailed as the world's first 3D-printed office was recently completed.Read More
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