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The Wall of Nishihara, by Sabaoarch (Photo: Yuji Nishijima)

As our cities grow increasingly crowded and house prices rise, plots that would have once been considered unsuitable for building upon are becoming more attractive and profitable. With this in mind, Tokyo's 3 m (9.8 ft) wide Wall of Nishihara is located on a plot shoehorned between two roads.  Read More

The Maintenance-Free House (Photo: Jesper Ray)

Danish developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects, working with the Danish Technological Institute, have designed and constructed an experimental prefabricated home that's made primarily from plywood. Despite this, the Maintenance-Free House shouldn't need any significant maintenance for at least 50 years, thanks to a glass "shield" that keeps it safe from the elements. The overall lifetime of the home is also expected to be at least 150 years.  Read More

The ZEB Pilot House was completed earlier this month (Image: EVE)

International architecture firm Snøhetta has partnered with Norway's Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB), to design and build a remarkable experimental house that helps move the development of very efficient buildings forward. The ZEB Pilot House is claimed to generate almost three times the amount of electricity it requires, with the significant surplus available to help run an electric car, for example.  Read More

The Starwars House, by South Korean architecture firm Moon Hoon (Photo: Namgoong Sun)

The force is strong in South Korea. Local architecture firm Moon Hoon has built a Star Wars-inspired home that would look at home on a George Lucas movie set. The Starwars House was constructed for a family of four on a relatively low budget and shows a sense of fun while remaining a practical family home.  Read More

The S House, by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (Photo: Hiroyuki Oki)

Vietnam-based firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects recently revealed an affordable prefabricated prototype house that could potentially offer Vietnamese people on a very low income somewhere safe and durable to live. While still a work-in-progress and thus subject to change, the S House currently costs just US$4,000 to build.  Read More

Artist's impression of ground floor master bedroom with panoramic ocean view (Image: US Su...

Living on the bottom of the ocean is not a new concept. It's a theme that has been visited in literature, cinema, games, and even a few hotels have capitalized by offering underwater rooms. However, US Submarine Structures is going one step further, offering the super rich a commercially-available underwater home with the luxuries of a 5-star hotel.  Read More

The Taku-Tanku is a tiny house made from two water tanks

The tiny house movement is as much about lifestyle as it is size of dwelling. Simplicity and efficiency are key characteristics of such a house. Not only is Stereotank's Taku-Tanku very small, it has few components, can be easily assembled, and even towed by a bicycle.  Read More

The Transustainable House, by Japanese architecture firm Sugawaradaisuke (Photo: Jérémie S...

Japanese homes are often designed to last a relatively short time before being demolished and rebuilt, so it's little wonder that the country produces a disproportionately high number of quirky residences. The Transustainable House reflects this trend, and sports a facade that rusts over time. In addition, despite measuring just 38 sq m (409 sq ft), it can house up to three groups of people at once.  Read More

Jerry House was designed with playground elements built into it

Keeping kids occupied can be a job in itself. That is, unless your house is one big adventure playground. Jerry House, designed by Thai architecture firm Onion, has nets, ladders and tunnels that provide both an environment in which kids can play and a means of moving around the house.  Read More

The Yura concept proposes autonomous drink-flying robots

The annual Electrolux Design Lab competition for 2014 has reached stage three of the judging, and 35 semi-finalists remain. Many of the entries are innovative, some are quirky, and others are downright strange. But in the spirit of originality, they are all very individual, unique takes on various types of household devices that we may be using in the not-too-distant future. We have a look at ten of the entries that caught our eye to give you an idea of the competition so far.  Read More

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