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Industrial Design student Kama Jania from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland has created a working prototype of a lightning-proof tent. The Bolt tent is part of a series of three different tents that are each designed to protect users from direct lightning strikes and step voltage (when lightning current or discharge flows between the ground and the feet of a person).
Tiny house enthusiasts Robert and Bettina Johnson from Alkali Lake in British Columbia, Canada, have recently completely their own 280 sq ft (26 sqm) home. Combining a surprisingly large and modern interior with a beautiful curved roofline and references to local art and tradition, this is one tiny home that stands apart. We spoke to the couple about their creation and plans for the future.
Dutch designer and tiny house enthusiast Daniel Venneman, who previously bought us the DIY Hermit House, has recently completed a new tiny home on wheels. Dubbed Porta Palace, the 194 ft2 home was specifically designed for Venneman's building partner, Jelte Glas. Glas was wanting to create his very own home that not only would he be able to afford, but would also bring him closer to nature.
French architectural firm Seine Design is currently working on constructing a floating hotel in Paris, which is set to launch in the first quarter of 2016. Dubbed "OFF Paris Seine", the floating river hotel will feature 58 guests rooms, a scenic guest lounge with open views over the river, a 10 meter (32.8 ft) lap pool, an onboard restaurant and a 400 square meter (4,305 sq ft) outdoor terrace.
Ecuadorian architects Luis Velasco Roldan and Ángel Hevia Antuña have joined forces to develop a 50 sq m (538 sq ft) green-roofed home called the Nelson Homero ESPE Prototype II. The aim was to create an energy-efficient housing prototype that combines natural materials with traditional building methods, which could be dismantled and moved to different locations for energy efficiency testing in different climates.
London-based artist and designer, Daniel Durnin has created a nomadic floating shelter that can also be towed by a bicycle. Dubbed WaterBed, the tiny wooden shelter accommodates one person with Durnin hoping to bring life back to urban waterways by creating a new way to camp on the water.
A research team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) has created a new model for how we can connect the way we power our homes and vehicles. Dubbed AMIE (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy), the platform features special technology that allows a bi-directional flow of energy between a dwelling and a vehicle. In other words, the house can fuel the car and the car can fuel the house. What's more, ORNL used 3D printing technology to build the dwelling and the vehicle, before successfully trialing the new energy system.
London's Bert and May Group recently launched a series of clever prefabricated box homes that take as little as one day to set up. The design firm has created four different versions of its prefabricated Big Box home, ranging from a 46-sq m (495-sq ft), two-bedroom family home, down to a 7.7-sq m (82-sq ft) tiny home. Created in collaboration with local architectural studio Box 9 Design and taking 14 weeks to manufacture, the fully-functional tiny dwellings boast a rustic appeal, eco-friendly materials, structural insulation and a green roof.
Lithuanian designer Vytautas Puzeras has found a way to bring glampers that little bit closer to nature ... all year round. Dubbed Oasis, the dramatic dome tent features a tall curved framework with a clear exterior shell, delivering 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape.
Ukrainian architectural firm One Studio has recently accomplished a surprisingly functional apartment in a surprisingly small amount of space. The micro apartment squeezes into a mere 18 square meter (194 sq ft) footprint and stretches over two levels.