Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road.
We've already witnessed Australian firm Andrew Maynard Architects' flair for the unusual with the Cut Paw Paw house
. Tower House sees the practice up the ante by turning a typical weatherboard home in Alphington, Victoria, into a delightful "village" comprising a number of tower-like buildings.
Printing a castle
or jet engine
is quite an achievement, but inventor Miguel Valenzuela has a bigger dream – a dream in which any man, woman, or child can simply print pancakes in whatever novelty two-dimensional shape they can think of. He's now turned to Kickstarter in the hope of turning that dream into reality.
The cutting edge of pet architecture shouldn't just be for cats
, so it's only right that man's best friend enjoys some plush digs too. With this in mind, Samsung has unveiled a concept kennel that features luxury amenities like a treadmill, hydrotherapy pool, and an automated feeder. It's a dog's life, eh?
A house made from straw didn't work out so well in The Three Little Pigs
, but maybe it's not such a bad idea after all. Sustainable building firm BaleHaus recently unveiled a number of new energy-efficient homes that feature a prefabricated straw insulation system, and promise a heating bill 90 percent lower than that of an average home.
Google has released renders and preliminary information regarding its planned new headquarters in Mountain View, California. Finer details are unavailable at this stage, but the firm has commissioned top-tier architects Bjarke Ingels (of BIG
) and Thomas Heatherwick
to handle the design, and what information we do
have points toward a sustainable, flexible, and future-proof headquarters for the company.
The Nomadic Shelter is a temporary modular shelter recently built during the Salt Siida Workshop, an architectural workshop that's part of a traveling arts festival currently located on the the beach of the Norwegian island of Sandhornøy, in the Arctic Circle. Despite measuring just 12 sq m (130 sq ft), the shelter sleeps up to 12 people.
The result of a design-build workshop at Bergen's School of Architecture that was headed by OPA Form's Espen Folgerø, the Tubakuba (or Tuba Cube) Mountain Hub is available to anyone to use for one night, for free, but is particularly aimed at families with young kids, in a bid to instill a sense of appreciation for nature in the little ones. It's accessed by a small tunnel that brings to mind something from a fairytale.
Last year we reported on the ongoing sustainable makeover of the Eiffel Tower's first-floor. Work continues on turning the tower green, and as part of this process, New York's Urban Green Energy (UGE) recently installed two wind turbines that should reduce the carbon footprint of the iconic landmark.
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has begun work on a luxury residence in Denmark that's almost equal parts home and private car showroom. Commissioned by a client with an enviable car collection, Villa Gug comprises a novel looping form that integrates the cars into the main body of the house.
We recently reported on the Custom 30 Foot House
by Colorado's Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses, a towable dwelling that's on the larger side for such homes, at 9.1 m (30 ft) long. For those who like their tiny homes supersized, the firm recently followed-up with an even bigger model, dubbed Rio Grande.