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That Tube Life.


There are various iterations of how urban dwellers will live in times to come, and of course, this is edged on by sci-fi films and various other architectural cityscape concepts. Above all, the vision of the future whether it be utopian or dystopian in your eyes is seemingly micro. One example of this is the OPod Tube Housing by Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture.

The OPod Tube Housing is low-cost, stackable micro-homes manufactured from concrete pipes. These pipes would be slotted in between building gaps rather similar to a game of Tetris. These concrete pipes are of course that of water pipes, transformed into a gorgeous 9.29 square meter home.

“OPod Tube Housing is an experimental, low-cost, micro-living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems,” James Law said, envisioning that these adorable homes be aimed at “young people who can’t afford private housing.” Albeit this ‘apartment’ is somewhat of an underground water pipe at heart, it’s hard to knock the fun-loving industrial interior. Compiling everything a young city-dweller needs, the OPod Tubes comes complete with a fold out bed, shower, toilet, fridge, microwave, cooker, microwave, and more neat add-ons.

Creative Ideas That Will Make Your House Cool


1. Wall that becomes a dining table

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2. Drawer-stairs

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3. Lowered living room conversation pit

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4. Cat-hammock table

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5. Drawers hidden unter the stairwell

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6. Basement glass pool

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7. Indoor hammock

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8. Aquarium Shower

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9. Window sill reading nook

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10. Two-level hot tub

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11. Underground spiral wine cellar

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12. Living room pool

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13. Slide beside the stairs

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14. Secret passage bookshelves

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15. Suspended bed with skylight

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16. Aquarium coffee table

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17. Vacuum baseboards

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18. Indoor slide to the pool

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19. Beer light fixtures

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20. Stackable fridge (if you have roommates)

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California’s ‘Oak Pass’ House.


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Build a massive house made of concrete in the middle of a grove of 130 beautiful protected old oak trees and you have an ugly disaster in your hands.  This scenario sounds likely but it was elegantly avoided in the Oak Pass Main House that Walker Workshop designed for a private client in Beverly Hills, California.  The house sits on a 3.5-acre site at the rim of a canyon, which is why the fantastic views were the main consideration of the house plan.

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The ornate oak trees provide a contrast for the hard edges of the low-lying house – a delicate balance not easily achieved.  The use of glass allows for views and vistas over and through the house and makes the mass of the house seem much smaller than it is.  Structural concrete is the main building material as it lets large spans of space to flow into each other without columns or supports.  All of this leads to a calm harmony between the site and the elegant minimalist house.

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The 8,000 square-foot (743 sq.m.) single-family residence includes four bedrooms on the lower level beneath the green grassy roof, two kitchens, a dining room, a living room, an office, a 900-bottle wine room, an exercise room, a media room, four bathrooms and a powder room, a foyer and an art gallery courtyard plus a garage.  This large residence is on the same property with the much written-about Oak Pass Guest House that Walker Workshop completed in 2013.

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Solar-Powered Ecocapsule Allows You to Live Off the Grid Anywhere in the World


Slovakia’s  Architects recently revealed several exciting details about the Ecocapsule that will give you the opportunity to live anywhere in the world. Ecocapsule is a micro-shelter that operates off-grid by using sustainable technology such as solar power, rainwater collection and filtration, and wind power. In addition to this environmentally friendly aspect, the structure allows for worldwide flexibility and portability, since it can be easily transported and used as an independent research station, a tourist lodge, an emergency house, or even as a humanitarian-action unit.

Despite measuring only 14.6 feet in length, 7.9 feet in width, and 8.2 feet in height, the Ecocapsule can comfortably fit two adults and provide the same luxuries as a hotel room. A built-in kitchenette, running water, a flushing toilet, and a hot shower are now comforts that can be taken into the wilderness. For those that want to use this egg-shaped structure for scientific research, there is plenty of storage space for equipment and any necessary technology. When transporting this capsule, no special preparations are needed, since it can be shipped, airlifted, or even pulled by an animal.  

 

On May 28th, the Ecocapsule will be unveiled at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna and more details will be released then. By the end of this year, this innovative structure will be made available for purchase. 

20 Of The Most Amazing Home Designs.


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Humans are social creatures that require a great deal of private space, and when it’s privacy you crave home is where the heart is. No matter what your home looks like it is your sanctuary. Simply stepping through the front door and clicking the door locked behind you brings a feeling of peace and tranquility.  People dump a considerable amount of money into their home, either on monthly mortgage payments or rent. Since you spend so much time in your house and put so much money into it, you might as well make it perfect with surreal interior designs that speak to you.  The amazing interior design ideas on this list offer something for everyone, from grand sweeping installations that cost an arm and a leg, to stunning yet simple designs you can duplicate while still staying on a budget.

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Contemporary House Maza In Mexico


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The contemporary dwelling was completed back in 2012, and features 5,263 square feet of living space. The home is situated in a natural setting surrounding the Lake of Valle de Bravo, and blends nicely thanks to the lush vegetation running all throughout the home’s facade. In fact it’s almost difficult to tell where the outside ends, and the inside begins due largely in part to the massive floor to ceiling windows and doors that open the interior up completely to the outside elements. The residence has been equipped with a multi-car garage in the basement, and a tour through the house reveals individual spaces designed as scenes – providing a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.

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The Warehaus In Perth By Residential Attitudes


 

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Modern Seaside Estate Residence In Malibu


 

Southern California is home to some of the most valuable and beautiful real estate on the planet, and Malibu is among the most sought after destinations along the Pacific coastline. Based out of California, the Burdge & Associates Architects have recently completed their newest project in the Seaside Estate residence during 2011. The massive home is constructed from neutral earth-toned stucco mixed with sections of concrete for a sleek, contemporary finish. To fully capitalize on the ocean views, the home has been equipped with plenty of floor to ceiling windows, and pocket doors that open up to outdoor living spaces. The residence also features a beautiful guest home along with an outdoor kitchen and 50 foot swimming pool.

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X-House in Barcelona


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The Spanish design team at Cadaval & Sola-Morales designed the amazing X-House in Barcelona. The name describes it all with this particular residence. Crowned the ‘X-House,’ this remarkable contemporary dwelling is shaped like a massive letter X. The home features four separate triangular recesses, with one of them offering breathtaking views from where the cliff top home resides. The two story home features a parking area, access to the home, as well as the master suite and studio. The social living spaces are all located on the bottom floor of the property. A roof top patio for entertaining provides the perfect finishing touch.

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Elegant Villa F in Greece


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Check out this stunning private holiday residence Villa F located in Rhodes, Greece. It was completed by HORNUNG AND JACOBI ARCHITECTURE, with a very unique architectural design that sets it apart from its rocky landscape. The site of the holiday home in Rhodes/Greece yet possess characteristics and outstanding qualities, which we only attempted to frame with our design. The site is located three meters above a coastal road, which is bordered by a natural stonewall that has been equally continued for our proposal. On the one hand the continuation of the found wall generates a high level of privacy, while on the other hand it relates to the given situation, which we were tempted to preserve as much as possible. The holiday home was designed for a couple. They wished a separate area for guests, which we mostly embedded in the given topography by integrating the shady tree population and without generating an equally visible volume.

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The challenge in this design lies in construction and the involved climate technology. The construction of the building above ground is planned as a prefabricated timber structure finished with white plaster, which generates an abstract link to traditional old buildings close to that site. The lightweight construction was chosen because it will be mainly used for spontaneous short-term visits. Massive building parts were avoided to reach a quick cool down. Through a mechanically controlled opening in the roof a well-known chimney effect will be activated, which starts at the massive base plate in the garage from where integrated cable ducts lead cooled air through the building. An additional cooling effect will be provided by the evaporation of the pool. The triangle-shaped photovoltaics on the roof provides the building with energy and enables a self-sufficient living.

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Lakehouse Residence Winter Haven, Florida, US


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Florida-based architectural practice, Max Strang Architecture have designed the Lakehouse Residence project.  This eco-friendly contemporary home is located in Winter Haven, Florida, US. Registered with the USGBC, this modern property is anticipated to be Winter Haven’s first LEED-certified residence. The interior design has been conceived as wooden volumes nestled within an outer stucco “shell”. The shell provides generous eight-foot overhangs, which shelter the walls of glass from the Florida sun. A narrow courtyard amplifies the arrival experience and creates a privacy barrier for the private realm of the home.

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The luxury property incorporates important passive environmental design concepts that result in abundant day-lighting and cross-ventilation potential. Glazing on the south elevation is extremely limited and a mature oak tree filters afternoon solar heat gain. Active environmental design features include a solar photovoltaic system, solar hot-water heaters, geothermal HVAC and LED lighting. The luxury Miami home, located on a central Florida lake, contains four bedrooms and a kitchen, dining room, living room and office. A pool and covered terrace are positioned along the lake-side of the home.

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Saint-Tropez Private Estate


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Located amongst the lush shrubs and trees in Saint-Tropez, France, this contemporary private home stands in direct contrast to its natural surroundings, constructed from a combination of glass, raw concrete, and steel. Each level is reminiscent of an open pavilion, with the boundaries to the outdoors broken down by sliding floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Inside, the layout has been kept as open plan as possible, with a large lounge and kitchen/dining area lending itself perfectly to simple Mediterranean meals. Direct access to the large roof terrance is also available from the lounge area, from which you can see an additional shipping container-style guesthouse in the grounds.

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The Fish House


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Guz Architects have created a tropical bungalow perfect for it’s location in Singapore called The Fish House. The modern home is designed to encourage natural ventilation, to do this the team of architects set out to create large open spaces, and glass walls that open up into functional outdoor activity areas. Guz explained that their main goal was to create a home with seamless integration of the surrounding nature. This was accomplished through the pond-like pool and by creating great views of the water and vegetation.

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The Wall House


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Designed by Singapore-based architecture firm FARM, The Wall House is located on a large piece of sprawling land and is made up from two separate blocks which have been brought together into a coherent whole. The main block features two storeys with a main living area and master bedroom. The second is single storey and is essentially the entertainment area of the home. Linking them is a huge central courtyard with an austere granite floor and wall, as well as minimally planted willowy trees. This area, which has been described as similar to a “sparse yet artful Chinese landscape painting”, sets the tone for the rest of the home, which pulls inspiration from classical Chinese garden layouts.

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Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura And NAP


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Weekend Home – San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico


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Guadalajara-based architectural practice, Agraz Arquitectos, have designed the SJC House project.  The luxury family property can be found on the edge of Lake Chapala, San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Contemporary design at the harmonious Brighton Escape, Australia


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Australian interior design practice G.A.B.B.E have completed the renovation of the Brighton Escape project. The expansive, serene and textured luxury family home can be found in Australia. According to the interior designers: “A contemporary design with resounding vibrations to sooth the urban family. Like a seashell carrying the sound of the ocean, or a mirror reflecting sunlight, this space was specifically fashioned to capture and exude the warmth of the environment which surrounds it.”

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The space was treated from its genesis, with the same respect for design as a museum. Carving of ceiling, walls and floor not only creates sculptural partitions throughout the residence, but with the spirit of a rock pool, provides channels to flow through and delineates ample space in which to dwell together. The space also lends opportunity for personalisation to the clients aesthetics and lifestyle through decorative items and furnishings. The result is a harmonious sanctuary that stands as a finished work of art on its own, and is yet constantly evolving with its inhabitants.

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Modern Minimalist Loft in Florence


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With a total of 1,937 square feet of living space, (590 sqm), the Florence-based studio q-bic had a lot to do with this 19th century industrial roof. And yet what has been lead was minimalist design, and all open loft to enjoy warmness. Besides this minimalist style, the whole apartment actually uses old pallets to keep a touch of ecology.

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House Tati with dramatic views, Johannesburg


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Johannesburg-based architectural practice Nico van der Meulen Architects have completed the House Tati project, a contemporary five-storey home that was finished in 2011, and can be found in Bassonia, Johannesburg, South Africa. The luxury South African property was redesigned and ingeniously transformed into a contemporary home. The building is located on a very steep and narrow site with 180° views to the east, which allowed the architectural design to take advantage of the spectacular views, but acted as a challenge when the architects wanted to add habitable space. The contemporary makeover was given to the entire building: from the street to the east façade one can enjoy the modern feel thanks to the use of concrete, steel and glass.

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Sun control became key element of the design and the main architectural feature, since the building is mostly facing east. The northern and western façades are screened by the use of vertical louvres to allow sun control and degrees of privacy from adjacent properties. Northern sunlight enters the interiors through new double-volume glazing in the main staircase shaft, while pipe pendant lights from renowned designer Tom Dixon add a touch of luxury and visually connect the volume with the staircase below. The entertainment area and the children rooms are situated one floor lower, at the 3rd level. Here there is a private TV home theatre, a covered terrace with the pool deck, and the main suite on a mezzanine level. Finally, on the ground floor one finds a gym, home spa, hobby room and the squash court as well as a wine cellar and tasting room. The architectural style is complemented by the contemporary interior design, which was developed taking into account the ambience of a city pad with the main focus turned to the views.

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Contemporary Hopen Place, California, USA


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Hopen Place has been designed by Los Angeles-based design studio Whipple Russell Architects. The contemporary property can be found in the Hollywood Hills of California, USA. The contemporary Californian property comes with clean masculine lines and playfulness that has often been associated with the Friends character. The luxury Californian property boasts a dazzling blue infinity pool, you can even see the lights from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. There is also below-ground movie theater. Images courtesy of Whipple Russell Architects.

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Small Attic Loft Apartment In Prague


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The design of this modern loft conversion located in Prague, Czech Republic uses natural materials such as stone, brick and wood to enhance the flat and angular surfaces. Designed by architect Dalibor Hlavacek, the two-storey attic loft makes good use of limited floor space.

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The living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom are on the lower floor. The upper gallery, accessible via staircase and a steel footbridge, creates an intimate space for the study, which can also be used as a second bedroom.

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Ong and Ong Pte’s Modern House in Singapore


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Designed by architects Ong & Ong Pte, this modern house in Singapore is meant to give you “a spatial experience that excites the senses by promoting light.” The architects sought to create a relationship between the metallic elements and subtle tones within the house by wrapping aluminum cladding in the air well. This air well divided the two sections of the house and became the perfect place for an indoor/outdoor swimming pool. The coolest part, of course, is that you can open up the glazed partitions of the house so that the first floor becomes one large living space. The ground floor, then, is not only a lounge and dinning area, it is an ideal place to relax and sit poolside, a place to sip margaritas and soak in the rays.

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Dark Knight Bookshelves


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The Dark Knight Bookshelves may be a good addition to your home furnishings. It would probably be the most bat-tastic thing in your batman collection.

Contemporary JPGN Residence, Brazil


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Brazilian architectural practice Danilo Matoso Macedo have completed the JPGN project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary property belongs to a young couple in Brasília, Brazil. This contemporary Brazilian property looks onto Lake Paranoá, with the monumental area of the city on the opposite bank. According to the architect: “The contemporary house was almost fully elevated on stilts at the edge of the height permitted by law, allowing the desired view over the roofs of the neighbours. The property belongs to a young couple without children, the basic programme (room, office, bedroom, kitchen and service area) was distributed only at the top level, facilitating rapid paths everyday, more frequent when children are small. The indoors were arranged to prioritise the vision of the landscape, now converted into a central motif of the project – reverence complemented by a ‘panoramic deck’ provisions freely on the cover slab.

Contemporary-Property-Design-Brazil-08 In order to avoid the ceiling topping due to elevation of the main block, the ground floor was treated with staggered landfills. The garage is an intermediate level, along with a service equipped with hoists and installing temporary employee in order to hide the vehicles for users from the balcony above. A small two-bedroom flat was designed for future occupation of stilts, second family life, in which the children would demand more independence – Early prediction of execution by the client in the first moment of the work, providing functional autonomy to the area leisure and allowing its use for any guest. It opens directly to the view the room, the office, and the double bedroom – mediated by a balcony – and indirectly the kitchen connected to the dining room for large sliding panels. The integration between these two environments is enhanced by continuous bench, topped by a set of adjoining cabinets and windows that open yet frontal view of the street.
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The Canopy Tower.


“Boutique Design” has designed “The Canopy” which is a residential tower that aims to take advantage of Hong Kong’s geographic specifications.  The Canopy was created in order to blur the boundary between the modern interior spaces and the dramatic natural landscapes that surround the bustling metropolis.  Each apartment has the feel of a modern-day tree house, with luxurious interior spaces that open out onto a 525 square foot garden balcony.  The tower has an optimized structure with standard units to minimize the construction cost and can be easily reproduced into multiple towers, its green envelope making each tower unique and integrated into its natural surrounding.