Startup Thinking Huts partnered with architectural and 3D technology firms for the “Building Minds Project,” which will build the world’s first 3D-printed school in the Southeastern Anosy region of Madagascar. Sustainability is key, and that’s why the buildings will feature 3D-printed walls, and locally-sourced construction materials for the roof, doors, as well as windows. This area was chosen for its economic growth potential, political stability, and solar energy possibilities. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Josiah and Steph Photography
IKEA is known for their DIY furniture, so it is no surprise that they have started making pre-built tiny houses. The Swedish company partnered with Vox Creative and RV builder Escape to make this happen, with the Boho XL Wide being their first model, which starts at $47,550 USD. Following in their hygge (cozy) style, the kitchen includes cupboards made from recycled plastic bottles, furniture built into the walls as well as a collapsible desk. Read more for a video additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Park Sang-Gun via YankoDesign
Summer is just months away for those in the northern hemisphere, and that means lots of pesky flies. FOLD may appear to be a standard folding fan, but it’s actually an innovative USB-powered fly swatter. When not in use, it folds into a compact case and can be charged via USB-C. Open it up? The mesh area is electrified and can zap just about any insect with ease or even double as a fan to cool you down on warm days. Read more for additional pictures.
You’ve probably seen pictures of SQ4D’s 3D-printed home in New York, but here’s a first look inside the 1,407-square-foot structure, complete with a 2.5-car detached garage. The footings, foundation, slab, and walls are all printed by a fully custom 3D printer, called the Autonomous Robotic Construction System, that had to be designed from the ground up. However, once things got going, the walls alone took 28-hours to print, while the entire home took 8-days to finish building. Read more for two videos and additional information.
To see Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night in person, you’ll have to visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This oil on canvas painting by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was painted in June 1889 and shows the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise. One fan of this artwork decided to recreate it with LEGO and managed to get 10,000 votes for their set to become a reality. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Amazon’s new $2.5-billion headquarters will be located in Arlington, Virginia, and it’s called “The Helix”. This double helix-inspired workplace aims to offer various alternative work environments for their employees amidst lush gardens and flourishing trees native to the region, or a spiraling vertical forest of sorts. The complex will consist of three 22-story office towers, multiple smaller buildings, a 250-seat outdoor amphitheater, public green space, and the 350-foot Helix. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Forget laces, the Nike GO FlyEase boasts an easy on, easy off hands-free design, thanks to a bi-stable hinge that enables the shoe to be secure in fully open as well as fully closed states. This shoe’s tensioner has the flexibility to supercharge the action of kicking-off a shoe, thus completely re-imagining this movement as basis for accessible and empowering design. There’s no word yet on pricing, but select Nike members will be able to get their hands on them in 2-weeks (Feb. 15). Read more for two videos and additional information.
Within the next few years, we expect many more 3D-printed homes to go up for sale, but according to Zillow, this is “the world’s first 3D printed home for sale.” Built by SQ4D Inc. using their patent-pending ARCS Technology, this innovative home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a 2.5 car detached garage over 1,400-square-feet. It was architecturally designed by nationally renowned engineering firm H2M, and built in such a way to exceed all energy efficiency codes, while also lowering energy costs. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Panagiotis Voumvakis for Mold Architects
Villains in the James Bond movies are known for their lavish homes, and the NCAVED House by Mold Architects falls in that category, or at least for its uniqueness. Nestled in a secluded rocky cove on Greece’s Serifos Island, this modern living space appears to be floating just above sea level. A rectangular grid was applied to the slope to create a three-dimensional “chessboard” that isolate the residence quarters. In other words, if you view it from above, the home resembles a 3D chessboard. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
In factory form, the BMW R 18 cruiser motorcycle comes with a double-loop tubular steel frame, exposed propshaft and spoked wheels. Dirk Oehlerking of Kingston Custom turned this sleek bike into the “Spirit of Passion,” an Art Deco masterpiece. Power comes from a newly developed air / oil-cooled 1,802cc two-cylinder boxer engine generating 91 hp and 116 lb-ft of torque, plenty for cruising down the streets. Aesthetically, the frame has been kept fully intact, but the Kingston fairing is what makes it stand out. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.