Friday, November 30, 2012

Steel and Bamboo Houses

Steel and bamboo housing for those of modest income in Viet Nam. And they look great!

Story & unages via dezeen:

Fujimori's Flying Mud Boat Hut

Terunobu Fujimori's "Flying Mud Boat" is an eccentric, suspended hut. Is it art or architecture?

More pix & story at designboom:

Cabin for Rent

Rustic cabin for rent, Upstate N.Y. 

Details and pix via remodelista:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Every Room A Shed

"Draw the Village..." An experimental house with scattered units? What a terrific idea: each room a separate "shed."

More images via blog.leibal:

Chinese Ark

We do not believe that the end is at hand (Dec. 21?); the 
end of the world has already happened. uses life savings to build this ark. 

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Make A Silo Into A House

How to repurpose a silo and make it a house. Diagrams included.

Details and more pix via designboom:

Willem Dafoe's Rubber House

Actor Willem Dafoe's black-rubber house in upstate N.Y. 

Story & pix via remodelista:
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Warming Huts on Ice

Warming huts for world's longest frozen river.

Story and drawings via architizer:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quilted Cube Home

Chinese quilted cube mobile home for tricycle. One wall slides open as door.

Story & pix via

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tree Tents You Need

The only tree tents you will ever need!

Txt & slide show via inhabitat:

My Swedish Summer House

Already dreaming of July and my summer house in Sweden. If only!

Txt & slide show via residentialarchitect:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Swedish Prefab Cabin by Helicopter

Swedish, prefab cabin with sliding glass doors can be delivered by helicopter.

Story and more photos via design-milk>

Neo-Modern Desert House

Blue Sky weekend-house near Joshua Tree is on columns. Every room has a door to outside; steel sprayed with vinegar. 

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On The Flood Plain Of The Danube

House designed for a flood plain of the Danube. Would it work on Long Island? 

Details and more pix via archdaily>

Friday, November 23, 2012

Portable Hotel Room Pods

Portable, free-standing hotel rooms now available. DROP is a pod suitable for "natural locations" since it has minimal ground contact....

Story and images via designboom:

Earthquake-Proof House in Chile

New earthquake-proof house in Chile. Elegant!

Story and pix via>

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Retreat Platform for Living.

Not a residence, but a platform for living. Get it? North Face tent on roof. A refuge in the woods. A camp site. Stretching what a house could be? Check out slide show images.

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San Francisco Goes Micro!

San Francisco joins micro-apartment trend, approving 250 square foot pads. Give those singles a place to sleep! But will SRO hotels and rooming houses return? 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I'll Take The House on The Roof!

French housing project. Although they function as a sign, I want to live in one of the houses on the roof. But, really, hierarchy prevails; must be something about France. 

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Future Pod or Minimalist Sculpture?

"We are the primitive men of the future and this is our future cave." Pod or sculpture?

Story, pix and video via designboom>

The House with No Windows

Three-room, concrete Japanese house with no windows, but with two dramatic light wells on the roof. Entrance is a door at the side. Darkness, starkness, bareness can be cozy. House is a light-trap and the light moves and changes from hour to hour, from day to day, from month to month. A mattress on the floor is all I would need.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tree Houses Built to Order

Baumraum in Bremen, Germany, will build a tree house for you anywhere. Pictured is one of their tree houses in Upstate New York.

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Cabin Porn!

For those Artopians who dream of a cabin away from it all,  two sites I found on tumblr through freecabinporn may prove inspiring: projects in Putnam and Sullivan Counties in Upstate New York:  
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sloping Hut


"Sloping House," on the edge of an extinct volcano in France, is a temporary, one-person     

Txt & more pix via designoom>

House on Narrow Lot in Melbourne

New "Hill House" on Melbourne narrow lot. Solutions: placement in the old backyard; put the kids on the side in their own dorm; build a hill for solar orientation. AND enter through the kitchen. 

Pix, txt, diagrams of process via archdaily>

Tree House Pod

Following up on a link to the plans for a 20 ton tree house (!), I found this suspended pod to be more interesting....We will check back when the 20 ton tree house is actually built.

More pix via dezeen>

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Neo-Modern on a Greek Island

My neo-modern vacation home on the Greek Island of Milos. If only! Of course, it is bit too big for the 21st century, right?

Pix/details via dezeen:

Rice Field "Nest"

Economical, half-buried "Nest" house by a rice field, inspired by burrows.

Txt & pix via DorNob:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Suave and Tidy

Modest, suave and suited to family and site. 

Txt & pix via archdaily:

Nomad Nest, Nomad Pod

"Lost in Translation" pod at the Interior Design Biennial in Belgium probes our nomadic future. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cabin or Villa? Words!

Words! Gorgeous "cabin" in California uses plywood and light. But if this is a cabin than my house is a hut...

Txt & pix at remodelista: