Construction technology company ICON is currently 3D-printing homes for the homeless in Austin, Texas using its Vulcan II 3D printer. This machine is used to print the frames of these homes and then humans install the windows, doors as well as roofing. Each one takes around 48 hours to fabriate at a cost of just $10,000 USD. They’re also exploring low-cost homes in Latin America for families that live on less than $200 a month. Read more for a video and additional information.
Sure, the Googleplex in Mountain View, California has been featured in its very own movie (The Internship), but Amazon may take the crown for one of the world’s coolest office spaces. Officially called “The Spheres,” this $4-billion project basically consists of three large glass domes that sit amid Amazon’s business center, designed to serve as a space for employees to work and collaborate with their colleagues in a rainforest-like atmosphere. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
Ever hear of the tiny-house movement? If not, it’s essentially an architectural and social movement that promotes minimalist living in small homes. Technically speaking, a residential structure under 400-square-feet is normally considered a tiny home, and the Baobab is one of the latest additions to this movement. Measuring 38-feet long, it can be towed just about anywhere, while still offering all the amenities you’d expect from a modern home. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
If money is no object and you’ve always wanted your own supervillain lair, Aston Martin wants to make your dream a reality. They’ve formed a new Automotive Galleries and Lairs department that can turn ideas, like an underground concrete wall garage with glass supercar showcase, into a real-life supervillain lair. Or, you could opt for something more traditional, such as an art gallery / garage with a water covered skylight. Read more for additional pictures and information.
For $9,990, you can now buy a DIY tiny house kit online that can be assembled in just a few days. It’s called the Allwood Arlanda XL, and once built, you’ll have a total floor area of 227-square-feet and an inside floor area of 193-square-feet. This may not sound like much, but for those living a minimalist lifestyle, this should be more than enough, or you can just use it as a backyard office. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Honglin Li
We have seen the future of recycling, and it includes the FILTRATION skyscraper by Honglin Li. Simply put, it’s a highly modular prefabricated waste-management and waste-to-energy power plant mega-structure that consists of several Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and Water Treatment Plants (WTP) to recycle the ocean’s floating garbage. Plus, it’s capable of filtering seawater in all levels from the different oceans across the world. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio
Istanbul-based Hayri Atak Architecturl Design Studio has proposed a unique hotel that aims precariously off the edge of Norway Preikestolen cliff. We’ve seen other cliff-hanging hotels and homes, but this one adds a pool that extends out even further from the cliff, giving those thrillseekers even more reason to book at least a night’s stay there should it even get built. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Sure, this isn’t the first glass-bottomed pool to extend over the edge of a high-rise building, but it’s definitely one of the latest. Located at the Anaha complex in Honolulu, Hawaii, it was designed by Chicago-based studio Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) in collaboration with local firm Benjamin Woo Architects. It’s cantilevered 75-feet above ground with a transparent base that can be viewed from both the sides as well as bottom. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: AngiesList | NeoMam Studios
If The Simpsons home at 742 Evergreen Terrace ever got an extreme makeover, this is what it might look like, according to NeoMam Studios. Yes, there has already been an animated feature film The Simpsons Movie, but these renders give us a better idea of how the home’s interior should the movie studios opt to create a version with real human actors. You’ll get a glimpse of the living room in a “luxe style”, Marge & Homer’s room in an “industrial style”, the kitchen in a “smart home style”, and more. On a related note, did you know that in 1997, a real world replica of the house was constructed at 712 Red Bark Lane in Henderson, Nevada, and given away as the grand prize in a contest? Read more for a virtual tour of the rooms.
Photo credit: Daria Scagliola & Stijn Brakkee | MVRDV
MVRDV completed this so called “crystal house” in Amsterdam for Chanel back in 2016, complete with a transparent brick facade. Now, the store has reopened for luxury fashion house Hermès. For those who’d like to are in the city and would like to visit, it’s located on the shopping street PC Hooftstraat. Yes, lots of design work went into seamlessly blending the glazed bricks with the traditional brick façade of the apartments above, as required by the city. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.