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Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes. You too can live like a Smurf While Styrofoam may be most commonly associated with disposable coffee cups, meat trays and packaging, prefab home manufacturer Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. uses it to construct easy-to-assemble modular kit homes.

Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes

(Pics and video) The Aso Farm Land resort village in Kyushu uses about 480 styrofoam domes as lodging, recreational facilities and retail shops. Dubbed the “habitat for the 21st century,” the Dome House is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam). It might seem like an odd choice of material for a house, but the company lists a number of advantages that styrofoam has over traditional materials. Japan Dome House is a company that builds environmentally friendly and energy efficient houses from dense polystyrene. The styrofoam used in the Dome House’s 175-millimeter (7 in) thick walls is significantly denser and stronger than ordinary packing foam.

Second look at Japan Dome House. Architecture. How to build a Hobbit house We’ve seen a lot of people building their own houses made from all sorts of stuff and it’s never boring seeing how creative people can be.


This time we’ll take a look at Simon Dale’s hobbit house. Using only natural materials Simon built this house with his father-in-law and the help of random people who wanted to give a hand. It took 1000-1500 man hours and $5,000 from start to finish. Continue reading → The Wall If all goes according to plan the first open air, underground football stadium will be built in Doha, Qatar’s capital in 2010.

Continue reading → Gateway This is the new project by Norwegian architect Snhetta in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates construction of which is set to begin later this year. The urban master plan for the city is currently being under taken by the Netherlands based architectural practice OMA. The surrounding desert and mountains influenced the design of the Gateway. Continue reading → Architecture.

Strange and unusual buildings

Architecture. Take a walk through it and you might not even realize you’re not in a scenic park but rather a mega skyscraper.


It’s called Re-Silience— living architecture that uses as much (or even more) area for green spaces as the structure’s footprint takes up in land space. Inspired by honeycombs, coral reefs, and ant nests, the design is focused on optimal use of soil and biomass that’s normally lost in urban environments. It’s not only eco-concious, but as beautiful as a stroll through the park! Designers: Diego Espinosa Figueroa, Javiera Valenzuela Gonzalez. 15 Unusual and Creative Bus Stops. Creative and unusual bus stop designs that make the time you spend waiting for the bus a bit more bearable.

15 Unusual and Creative Bus Stops

Curitiba Bus Stop Futuristic public transport bus stop in Curitiba, Brazil. [link] Guarana Antarctica Bus Stop Football goal posts were placed in bus shelters around Sao Paulo, Brazil to promote the World Cup. Strawberry Bus Stop Yummy strawberry bus stop from Japan. Yosemite Falls Bus Stop Beautiful Yosemite Falls trail bus stop is perfectly suited for the setting. Hammock Bus Stop Relax while you wait for the bus to arrive.


Design Idea & Image Galleries on Dornob. What floats your house boat, or would motivate you to live life up in a tree home?

Design Idea & Image Galleries on Dornob

This collection features classic, contemporary, ultra-modern and futuristic houses that are innovative in both form and function – at once visually compelling and technically progressive living spaces. From DIY adaptive reuse to compact green design, simple and portable to prefabricated and offbeat, here are some of the most interesting homes in the world.