Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings “In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the beloved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, has inspired hundreds of copycat underground hobbit homes around the world – and is itself inspired by ancient Viking hill houses. These 15 green-roofed dwellings that take a page right out of Tolkien’s books come in all sizes for all kinds of functions, from hotels in New Zealand to backyard playhouses and vintage underground hill-dug duplexes.
Modular Motorhome: Hybrid Camper Car + Caravan Combo Campervans are great for the wide-open road, but what happens when you reach your destination and want to travel in something a bit less clunky? This variant concept RV comes with a detachable car to let you cruise city streets once you exit the high-speed freeway. This design challenge was tackled by Christian Susana with great attention to detail, from how each portable portion (car and camper form) looks separately to how they appear as whole when plugged back together. Glass door with a surprise Posted on November 23, 2010 in Bizarre Rate this Post (1 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5) Loading ... So... What do you think?
Tangga House by Guz Architects By Eric • Mar 23, 2011 • Selected Work The Tangga House is another Singapore’s dream home designed by Guz Architects. Completed in 2009, the 7,663 square foot residence is located in Holland Village, an elite district of Singapore that is famous amongst the expatriate community. The luxury single-family home gives the owners the opportunity to live in harmony and comfort with nature, in Singapore’s hot tropical climate. Tangga House by Guz Architects:
A Low Impact Woodland Home - Hobbit Style Credit to Simon Dale published under a creative commons license Taking care of the environment has always been an interest of mine, especially when it comes to the different options we have with the housing of the future. To put it bluntly humans are very wasteful when it comes to buildings and we often use materials wastefully and the buildings are often designed for looks and not functionality. Before you jump on me here, im not saying houses dont have to look cool - but they must do it while being as self sufficient and with maximum regard for the environment. Build a Gutterless Rain Barrel Maybe for an apartment balcony. Otherwise, yeah, put up at least a stretch of gutter with a downspout. Other than being up on a ladder, it'll be easier (just hammer into soffit with gutter nails and spacers) and probably will be cheaper than cedar boards. If you put a rain barrel at the bottom of the downspout, you'll also have the option of going through one small barrel, then the overflow of that barrel going to your big rain barrel(s) so the first few gallons, that's normally pretty dirty (first rinse of the roof) are kept separate. Not sure how you'd do that with this setup. Gutters also have the advantage (primary purpose, actually) of being able to route water that falls on your roof *away* from your foundation.
Architectural Form is the most basic of architectural features: it is set by structure and defines a building's character. More and more design professionals are discovering and specifying a structural system that provides exciting forms for landmark buildings. This system, Geometrica®, is a true new medium for architectural expression and a platform for technology to meet elegance and modern design.
10 Unique Hotels Around The World What makes you want to stay in a particular hotel? Location, interior, services or architecture and facade? Today we will list 10 most unique hotels around the world that will caught your eye. Today hotels are not only about the spacious rooms and delicious canteens but they’re also about mind-boggling exteriors and quirky services that make you want to shower money for unique experience. Let’s start with more ‘traditional’ one:
Kona Residence I can't speak for all architects, but I find myself drawn to the more impractical architecture in the world. Buildings designed less to fill a utilitarian need and more for the sake of self-actualization. I would almost say that this project by Belzberg Architects is more of a resort than a residence, yet the design elements and spatial order of the project are quite compelling. Despite its extravagance it remains elegant and inviting.
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Solar Wind Bridge - Efficient reuse of highways - eVolo Italian designers Francesco Colarossi, Luisa Saracino and Giovanna Saracino created a Solar Wind bridge project for a Solar Park Works – a competition in Italy. The aim of the competition was to get designers to imagine new ways to reuse an elevated highway between Bagnera and Scilla in Italy, incorporating new energy efficient solutions. The designers won second place for this project. The proposed design has 26 wind turbines incorporated in structure of the bridge.
Bunk Bed Rooms Whether you have a large family or a busy summer house, a bunk room is an ideal solution for accommodating lots of guests. Here are some of our favorites. This nautical-inspired bunk room in a Hamptons home by Steven Gambrel features lots of room for storage with built-ins and under-bed drawers. Custom netting provides safety for the top bunks. An absolutely gorgeous bunk room from the Lerer House in Park City, Utah.