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Suburban Nomad: Hybrid Igloo, Yurt, Tent + Tipi Home Idea

Suburban Nomad: Hybrid Igloo, Yurt, Tent + Tipi Home Idea
The juxtaposition of such lifestyle extremes – fixed-space suburban living and nomadic world-travel dwelling – makes for a fascinating conceptual challenge. It was, in fact, similarly neighboring opposites that gave rise to the idea in the mid of design student living on a lovely nature-filled campus but surrounded by suburbia on all sides. John Paananen took it upon himself to discover what would happen if he were to make over one of the most mobile kinds of traditional buildings – the tipi, with inspiration from its yurt, tent and igloo cousins – turning it into a stationary home with all of the creature comforts to be found in contemporary suburbs. Instead of a portable and organically-evolved design, he chose to force-fit the general shape and style of a conventional nomadic dwelling into the space and settings. The results? Related:  small and portable housesideasIdeas/Inspirations

Stealth Bathroom: Wood Shelves Hide Secret Toilets & Sinks Sure, a bathroom is a sometimes-unsightly necessity for any home – but its interior can at least be made modestly more minimalist by hiding the essential fixtures when not in use, and more modern and comfortable through the use of linear and repetitive wooden design objects. Clean and contemporary, a series of fold-up solid-wood shelves hide a concealed sink and disguise the toilet. Even when opened and in operation, the entire aesthetic – designed from start to smooth finish by Rapsel – is a convincingly pleasant balance of coziness, usefulness and cleanliness. A slide-out shelving unit adjacent to the toilet adds a reading-material surface as well as additional storage space while a visually-matched third element completes the set, like the last in a sequence of conceptual steps.

$1000 Egg House on Wheels for a Working Urban Architect The newly-graduated architect rarely has the luxury of living in an owned home, and may even find their starting salary insufficient to afford a decent apartment within walking (or riding) distance of the office. For a three-figure sum, this designer has solved both problems at once via a unique DIY dwelling project. Dai Haifei needed to save money and spent so much time at work anyway, the solution was strange but simple: construct a livable abode that can be wheeled and parked in the empty space right outside of the workplace. It isn’t much – just a bed, a lamp and a water tank inside – but it is sufficient for someone trying to save and scrape together a living. These burlap bags, layered over a waterproof membrane, provide essential rain protection – particularly as the root systems expand and help soak up and redirect water during more significant downfalls (while a small skylight-plus-solar-panel brings in light and power).

Modern Nomadic DIY: Wild & Woolly Crochet-a-Yurt Project Crocheting brings to mind simple craft projects – a hat, scarf or some woolly winter mittens. Kate Pokorny has something much much bigger planned: a whole mobile mini-home, hand-crocheted from500 pounds of local New Hampshire lambswool. Yurts are traditional living structures for nomads in many countries and historical cultures, but this design proposes using a unique approach: an igloo-like structure made via crochet from a single continuous strand of felted wool. Like the idea of a yurt, crocheting sounds at first like a conventional activity for creating simple and repetitive woven forms – but as Kate points out it can also “be used to represent hyperbolic space and coral reefs” and is definitely innovative in this kind of architectural application. Aside from the urge to create something new and different, there are subtle functional and sustainable reasons for this approach.

Green to Go: 5 Mobile Gardens & Portable Garden Projects Ever see a shopping cart piled high with plants? How about a greenhouse on the back of a pickup truck? No, then perhaps a flatbed garden on wheels? Growing on the go, these gardening concepts are all works in progress – some have been realized while others are still (in some cases far-fetched) ideas for a greener future. Spotted on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, these strange green machines are (pardon the pun) sprouting up left and right – miniature, self-contained and street-safe greenhouses fitted to the backs of a typical truck. Taking it a step further, Joseph Baldwin has proposed to plant wildflowers and prairie grasses on flat train-car platforms to be towed behind urban mass transit vehicles for the benefit of a broader public audience. A more eco-friendly option presented by Annechien Meier involves an energy-free community garden made up of a wooden platform on rubber wheels that can be towed manually and parked anywhere.

Steel Hide-a-House: Secret Storage Container Home Plans Hidden inside a steel cargo container, rusted from a life of shipping at sea, lies a secret luxury home layout that unfolds at the push of a button – opening like an ocean clam to reveal a fully-furnished set of floor plans – as precious and surprising as a perfect pearl. The flip-open mini-house designed by Adam Kalkin is illuminated from a suspended chandelier and set of built-in table lamps. These lights turn on remotely as the project is opened up (via hidden hydraulics) to reveal a series of semi-divided spaces unlike any residential plan you have ever seen – an open layout that amounts to a combined set of living, lounging, library, dining, sitting and sleeping areas. One of the containers’ side panels becomes a platform for a kind of floating bedroom-and-bathroom combination complete with a bed, headboard, bench, sink and toilet.

Small Cabin - Plan, Build and Enjoy your Small Cabin Dream-Like Desert Home Design for Wide Open-Air Spaces Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud to see this future student of his school, experimenting with architecture that responds to the landscape but is expressive, unique and livable as well. Simon de Aguero created this project for the FLW School of Architecture and almost entirely from found scrap, waste and local materials including discarded steel, desert earth and forgotten concrete-shaping forms. The core structure is built out of rammed earth, rising jagged like natural rocks from the ground. Liberated from some of the weather-related constrictions of a normal site, the entire project was executed without the need for full walls, windows or doors – it looks like a hybrid of natural outcroppings, architectural interventions and camping-inspired inventions.

Amazing Home Atrium & Multi-Level Interior Garden Design In dense urban settings – such as packed Japanese cities – getting a to a patch of sunlight and bit of greenery can be a great relief but a difficult prospect at times. This interior design by Suppose brings the best of simple modern minimalism together with a light and spacious atmosphere and plenty of plant-life climbing all the way up and down the inside walls. There is an otherworldly quality to these spaces that seem to shift impossibly between indoor and outdoor, all within the confines of these entirely interior rock-filled and tree-planted areas – almost how one might imagine a greenhouse within a space ship, designed to keep the passengers healthy, happy and sane. Deep within the structure are the functional kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room and other core programmatic spaces.

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