You may have heard about the world's thinnest house, but the Keret House in Poland has finally been completed. Nestled in between two buildings and masterminded by designer Jackub Szczesny, this structure measures just under 5-feet at its widest point, and spans 44-square-feet. Despite its minuscule size, it comes equipped with a functional kitchen, bedroom and even bathroom. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures.
The MirrorCube looks like some sort of optical illusion at first, but it's actually just one of the coolest tree hotels you'll ever come across. Nestled in a beautiful Harads, Sweden forest, this mind-boggling structure was designed by the team at Tham & Videgard architects, consisting of a lightweight aluminum that features walls made of reflective glass, helping the structure blend in with the surrounding nature. Continue reading for two ore videos and additional information.
Looking like something straight from a story book, this house, nicknamed the "Dr. Seuss House," in Willow, Alsaka, appears to have been built by an individual who wanted to have expansive views of Denali. Why is this house so tall? Well, the owner wanted to maintain the beautiful mountain views, so he kept on building vertically as the trees around the house got taller. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
There's been a lot of talk about tiny homes recently, and Barry Jackson's creation definitely deserves a place on the list. Called HiveHaus, this modular, beehive-like home comes flat-packed, and ready to assemble. Want to add more rooms? Simply purchase another module. That's right, the individual hexagon-shaped cells can be customized to your liking, and then connected. Each cell spans 100-square-feet that's enclosed by floor and walls made of 3.93 inch insulated timber frames. The inner / outer panels are strengthened with polyurethane foam, and "powder coated steel facing laminate" for added safety. You can add solar panels, composting toilets, rainwater harvesting and lots more. Continue reading for a time-lapse video and more pictures of the interior.
Forget tiny cubicles, Clive Wilkinson Architecture has come up with the ultimate 175-person desk, called "Superdesk." Built for the Barbarian Group in NYC, this desk spans their entire 4,400-square-foot creative office, complete with twists and turns throughout. There are also areas where the table extends upwards, and these seating areas (for up to 50 people) are used to help promote collaborations within the space. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
The Seagaia Ocean Dome was one of the world's largest Polynesia-themed indoor waterparks, located in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan. The Ocean Dome measured 300-meters in length and 100-meters in width, and featured a retractable roof, fire-spitting volcano, artificial sand, palm trees, and the world's largest indoor wave pool. No matter the season, its sky was always blue, while the air temperature was locked in at 86° F, with the water at 82° F. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
Yes, these over-water bungalows actually exist, and can be found at the Finolhu Villas resort on Kaafu Atoll in The Maldives. They were designed by Yuji Yamazaki to have as little impact as possible on the pristine and breathtaking environment that surrounds it. The 5-star resort is not only set on a 13-acre island, but is entirely solar-powered. The panels generate about a megawatt of energy per day, with excess stored for inclement weather. The island also boasts a desalination tank that yields a self-sufficient water supply. Continue reading for an aerial drone video of the resort, more pictures and additional information.
Real estate broker Jeff White always wanted to transform shipping containers into affordable housing, so he took action. Laughed at by the first architects he approached, work began on his first concept using a 40' long, 9'6" tall and 8' wide container in the driveway of his Salt Lake City home. After two years of work (planning, groundwork and permits), the shipping containers became a modern 672-square-foot house. "I spent 40 thousand dollars for the lot and then the infrastructure underneath it, getting the sewer, water lines, probably an additional 25 thousand dollars. So you can see where I'm at, the house is still coming in at 55 to 60 thousand dollars," said White. Continue reading for a video of another beautiful shipping container home in the Redwoods.
Tiny homes have been a hot topic lately, but just how small can they get while remaining comfortable? The team at Shelter Wise shows us with their latest offering, the "Salsa Box." At just 96-square-feet, they easily attach to any trailer hook, and feature sufficient kitchen with storage, stainless steel counter, sleeping quarters, bath+shower combo, along with a bookcase. The integrate skylight and windows bathe the interior with sunlight during the day. How much? Pricing starts at under $25,000. Continue reading for a more in-depth video tour and additional pictures.
Ballymore developers unveils the world's first transparent "sky pool", which will be suspended 10-stories (115-feet) high between two apartment buildings in the Embassy Gardens development. The 82-foot-long swimming pool will be enclosed with 8-inch-thick glass to give swimmers the feeling of floating above London. Continue reading to see what it looks like from above.