How can an airline still make money off a decommissioned plane? Turn it into an apartment of course. This particular aircraft, located at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, crossed the world 3,675 times before retirement, and boasts a large living room, one master bedroom, two children’s beds, two kitchens, seven small bathrooms, along with a small movie theater. There’s approximately 4,000-square-feet of living space. Continue reading for more.
5. Truck House
Not just any old truck to home conversion, the Truck House can be rotated inwards for travel mode, but when parked, it transforms into a fantasy castle of sorts. It’s a sustainable solar-powered compact home that can harvest rainwater on the go and has masterfully crafted living,/ working areas, a kitchen and all the amenities you’d expect to find in a modern home. Yes, there are places to relieve yourself, as the turrets function as bathrooms – the left one houses a composting toilet, and a shower and a small washing machine are in the second.
4. Wheelhaus Cabin
Efficiency is key, even when it comes to housing, and that’s why Wheelhaus specializes in tiny homes. For those who prefer to live small, you can try out a 400-square-feet luxury cabin at the Fireside Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s open year round and the cabins themselves are efficiently designed, sustainably built, can be swiftly transported, and then easily hooked up to your utilities on site, should you decide to buy one straight away for $90,000 – nightly rates start at $225.
3. ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
Previously an abandoned building, the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel combines innovative materials with sustainable features to reflect the natural beauty of the region. It’s situated on active volcano Mount Hengill and surrounded by an abundance of hot springs, all powered by geothermal energy. The hotel was designed to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. MnmMOD, a prefabricated panelized building system that helps reduce the building’s carbon footprint, was used to expand the hotel. That’s not all, the interior is furnished with locally sourced and recycled material.
2. Nest Express
Simply put, Nest Express is essentially a tiny “house in the sky” inside a repurposed lift. Lucky skiers and snowboarders at California’s Squaw Valley mountain resort now have the opportunity to spend a night (or two) inside. It was painted in Nest’s signature light blue and the design team swapped out the icy metal benches with wrapped, Pendleton-designed benches, covered up the walls with cedar wood planking, added framed artwork and even curtains for a homelike touch.
1. Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen
Located in Finland, The Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen consists of 20 thermal glass igloos that allow visitors to enjoy incredible views of the Aurora Borealis from the warmth and comfort of their own little sphere. To keep things cozy, each glass igloo is fitted with thermal glass walls as well as ceilings, and the glass also contains a frost preventative, maintaining crystal clear panoramic views even when temperatures outside drop to -22° F. If the Northern Lights aren’t enough, the main hotel also boasts the world’s largest smoke sauna complete with its own restaurant, and an ice bar and snow chapel that is built fresh every winter.