Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In view of Frankenstorm, consider this New Zealand storm-proof "cottage." 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Japanese Surfer House

My Japanese beach house designed for surfers....if only.

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Hanging Mushroom Garden House

Hanging mushroom garden illuminated by plastic bottles filled with water. Collaboration between Liter of Light and Touching the Earth Lightly at Shanghai Biennale. 

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Swanky Pre-Fab in Chile

Swanky pre-fab in Chile. Takes 10 days to build and then move in.

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Rotating House

 Concept for "Transformation House." Solar-powered segments can be rotated for light or view. 

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Small Swedish House

Smallest "apartment" in Sweden? Maybe, but it is freestanding which apartments are not. Adorable? Ban that term for smaller, more practical housing. Small is not cute!

Txt & interiors via design-milk:

Pop-Up Housing Pods in London

Pop-Up housing pods proposed in London for empty garages. The future is shrinking. 
Get used to it! 

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Puget Sound Retreat

My new retreat....if only! North of Puget Sound.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ring House, A New Japanese Classic

 "Ring House." Already a Japanese classic? Mini-tower in the woods offers 360 degree views.

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New Japanese Guest House

New Japanese guest house....I think I will stay over, for about a month.
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Roto-Proto "Future Primitive" House

"Future Primitive" rotating house prototype; at 60 sq meters,walls shift to become floors.
Txt, pix, & video talk by designer, via designboom:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Breeze House

 "Breeze House" seems to billow.
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Michigan Match Box House

Michigan "Match Box House" is bigger than it looks in pix. Four bedrooms. But oherwise lovely. I suppose when the children leave, if they ever leave and then find jobs and never come back, you could take in boarders, help out granny, or convert those excess bedrooms into storage or....

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Sky Catcher House

"Sky Catcher House" does just that. A courtyard does the trick.
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Sauna in Geneva on the Roof


Sauna in Geneva. Say it three times.Then add: on the roof.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Barn Becomes Neo-Modern House

 Traditional barn converted to Neo-Modern house, Netherlands. Sleek. Minimal. Black.

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Black Cypress House in Patagonia

ARTOPIATECTURE: Three houses clad in cypress painted black in Patagonia. It's a local tradition but perfectly neo-modern, minimalist.

Basalt House

Canary Island basalt house with green roof, turns its back to the street and steals the view out back....Is it true that black is the new white?

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