What better place to build "The Wave House" than Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California. Architect Mario Romano did just that, and his 2-story masterpiece resembles a majestic ocean swell, wrapped in white aluminum skin and stained cedar. Its free-flowing spaces, tall windows and meticulously sculpted surfaces seamlessly blend with the region's natural surroundings. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Priced from $100K, the Autonomous Tent is essentially a seashell-inspired, pop-up home that can be setup anywhere in the world. It was designed by modernist architect Harry Gesner, is powered by solar energy and comes with on-site waste management systems to minimize impact on the environment. The metal-framed tents are set atop a raised wooden deck, and then covered with a high-tech, translucent fabric shell resistant to mildew, rot, and pests. They are engineered to withstand 90mph hurricane winds and heavy snow loads of up to 30 pounds per square foot. An open-floor plan with soaring ceilings allow for natural light to flood in, while solar panels handle all of the electricity needs, including lighting, water filters, and a composting system. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of seemingly magical water transfer printing.
Michael Bay may be known for his explosive films, but that isn't the case with the stunning "L.A. Villa". This living space is immersed in the hillside and accentuates the distinct views of both Los Angeles and the Santa Monica mountain range. There are two master bedroom modules that hover above and further frame the panoramic views. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
From afar, it appears that one side of this building has been tagged by graffiti artists, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that the design is actually built into the structure itself. Located in Melbourne, Australia, ITN Architects hired an artist to create a design, and then used cement to seamlessly integrate it into the side wall. Continue reading for more pictures.
Take an Apple Store, transform it into a two-story concrete cube, and you have the H3 House, designed by Argentinian architecture firm Luciano Kruk. Located in Mar Azul, the home boasts two social areas, a master bedroom and a smaller 'cabin-like' room that shares a bathroom. The master bedroom opens upward into an indoor/outdoor area for some added outdoor privacy. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Architect Adam Kalkin decided to place a massive airplane hangar over his 1880s New Jersey farmhouse years ago, as he hoped to gain space for his family while preserving the original clapboard cottage, simile to "a ship in a bottle type of thing". Introducing "Bunny Lane". A conventional Butler aircraft hangar was placed around the original small home, while at one end of the 27-foot-high, 33-foot-wide space, there's a grid of nine rooms from concrete block. These all-glass rooms peer down on the original home and a small "piazza". Continue reading for two more video tours and additional images.
Envisioned by award-winning designer Benjamin Garcia Saxe, the suitably named "The Floating House" overlooks the breathtaking Costa Rican jungle. The living complex consists of three pods that can house seven comfortably, complete with walkways and bridges connecting the spaces. Natural teak wood flooring, solar water heating and UV water filtration systems, keep the home sustainable. Continue reading for more pictures.
This began as a stack of shipping containers in a shipyard, but Atelier Riri took it upon himself to create a beautiful home from them. Located in Jakarta, Indonesia, this multi-level, 155-square-meter living space consists of overlapped containers that form sleeping areas, a rooftop deck, living room, and even a play room for the children. Continue reading for more images. Click here to view a few bonus images of more incredible shipping container homes and structures.
The "Bower" home by Kariouk Associates may look like a giant security camera at first glance, but this modern home actually ha sa master bedroom that sits above the first floor, which allows for breathtaking views of Lake Erie. Its white interior is minimalistic, complete with marble floors and an indoor swimming pool. Continue reading for more pictures.
Bridges are so old fashioned, or at least if you're referring to The Embassy Gardens near the River Thames in London. Developed by architectural firm Ballymore, this unbelievable structure is essentially a swimming pool on its top floor, with a glass bottom approximately 10-stories high. It's officially called the "SkyPool," and rightfully so, as it's 90-feet long, 19-feet wide and nearly 10-feet deep. Apparently, the bottom is made from 8-inch-thick glass to prevent any accidents, or so we hope. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an aquarium fanatic who built a 30,000-liter fish tank in his living room.