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The Cat-friendly House

The Cat-friendly House

Peter Cohen’s house came with feral cats who got hurt because they stayed outdoors. So he made sure that the cats would want to stay inside. He built cat walkways, tunnels and even ventilated litter boxes. He now has 15 happy rescue cats.

House with Rotating Rooms

House with Rotating Rooms

Designed by Alireza Taghaboni, the Sharifi-ha House in Tehran, Iran has three rotating bedrooms. They can face outwards to give residents a view of the city or inwards for warmth and privacy. More at Arch Daily.

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Japanese Joinery

Japanese Joinery

An immensely satisfying demonstration of craftsmanship as two Japanese carpenters show the kind of precision required to perfectly interlock a pair of wooden beams into an extremely strong unified structure.

Boulder Cabin

Boulder Cabin

Bureau A’s Antoine is a house and a sculpture in one. The wooden cabin blends in the rocky hillside of the Swiss Alps thanks to its irregular concrete exterior. Inside it is a fireplace, bed, table, stool and window. More at designboom.

Architect’s Cubes

Architect’s Cubes
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A set of eight 1.25″ square blocks made from natural and composite building materials including maple, bakelite, cork, granite, EVA, silicone, acrylic, and aluminum. Building a structure out of these could get expensive quick.

The Concrete House

The Concrete House

Designed by architect Keiichi Kiriyama of Airhouse, this incredible home in Jiyugaoka, Japan is almost entirely constructed from concrete – from the walls to the floors to the countertops and ceilings.

Tiny Paris Apartment

Tiny Paris Apartment

Paris, France is renowned for its tiny apartments. The designers at Kitoko Studio came up with a way to cram an entire living space, including bed, storage, dining, bathroom and kitchenette inside what amounts to a closet – just 86 square feet.

Floating Building

Floating Building

Designed by Alex Chinneck, Take My Lightning But Don’t Steal My Thunder appears to be a stone building with its upper half suspended in mid-air. The polystyrene structure is actually supported by a thin steel frame at its corners.

The Disappearing Office

The Disappearing Office

Amsterdam’s Heldergroen looks like your typical boutique design shop during the work day, but at the close of business, all of the work surfaces fly up into the ceiling on steel cables, clearing the space so it can be used for after-work events.

B-And-Bee

B-And-Bee

Designed and produced in Belgium, B-And-Bee are honeycomb-style sleeping cells for festivals and other large outdoor gatherings. The cells are waterproof and have enough room for two people to sleep in.

Car Loft

Car Loft

Located in Berlin, Germany, this innovative apartment building does away with traditional garage spaces – offering drive-in elevators which bring your vehicle directly outside your living space for ease of access. (Thanks Joe!)

One with the Birds

One with the Birds

Designed by Chinese architecture collective, Penda, this temporary dwelling, constructed from bamboo and rope modules, is designed to allow visitors to sleep in the midst of nature without any impact to its surroundings.

Smart Bricks

Smart Bricks

Everything is awesome! Kite Bricks envisions a new approach to building, using interlocking blocks that work like giant LEGO blocks. They bricks would have built-in channels for cables and pipes, and snap-on wall and flooring sections.

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The Abandoned Fish Mall

The Abandoned Fish Mall

Bangkok’s New World shopping mall was abandoned back in 1999. Later, an unknown person started populating its flooded basement with koi and catfish. Jesse Rockwell captured these amazing photos of its unusual residents.

The Glass Yacht

The Glass Yacht

Designed by Lujac Desautel, this yacht is like a section of an upscale skyscraper set afloat. The large glass windows reflect the surrounding waters, and the structure offers dedicated living spaces for passengers and crew.

Sesame Steps

Sesame Steps

The Allgood Trio’s Sesame Steps is a small elevator hidden under staircases, for use by the elderly and the disabled. The elevator can be installed even under existing stairs to preserve a building’s form and appearance.

Transforming Apartment 4

Transforming Apartment 4

While not as impressive as the other transforming apartments we’ve seen, the residences in De Rotterdam show how we can make the most out of our homes through thoughtful planning and space-saving furniture.

ESCAPE Portable Home

ESCAPE Portable Home
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Like the Wheelhaus and the ÁPH80, ESCAPE is a mobile home that is delivered fully assembled and ready to be connected to utilities. It comes with basic furniture and facilities, with an option to have additional amenities pre-installed.

Wheelhaus Rolling Cabins

Wheelhaus Rolling Cabins

Beautiful transportable cabins. Each unit has one bedroom, one bathroom and a kitchen/living room with lighting and cooking appliances included. You can also order multiple units to be connected to create a larger house.

Geometric Sand Sculptures 2

Geometric Sand Sculptures 2

Calvin Seibert recently shared some of the sandcastles he made on the beaches of Hawaii. As with his previous sandcastles, Calvin made structures that blur the line between organic and man-made.

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Walking City

Walking City

Created by Universal Everything, Walking City is an exploration of the design patterns of architecture as they gradually evolve. But rather than a building, the subject is a walking structure. Inspired by the 1960s works of Archigram.

Superdesk

Superdesk

Ad agency The Barbarian Group has 125 employees, and they all use the same desk. Made by Clive Wilkinson Architects, the Superdesk is an 1,100 foot-long, 4,400 sq.ft. surface that provides spaces to work and to hang out.

Baux Träullit Acoustic Panels

Baux Träullit Acoustic Panels

Träullit are modular soundproofing tiles made of wood, cement and water. They come in different shapes and colors and can be installed with magnets or glue. They also provide insulation and modulate humidity. Contact Baux to order.

ÁPH80 Portable Home

ÁPH80 Portable Home
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An easy to transport prefabricated home with a cement wood board exterior. The 290sq.ft. home has a bedroom, a living room/kitchen area and a bathroom, and comes with the necessary wiring and plumbing. Video here.

Park and Climb

Park and Climb

Ok, so you can’t actually climb to or from your parking spot at this garage in Utrecht, but the structure becomes much less of an eyesore with its two attached climbing walls. It also features a nice bike shelter and public transit connection.

Lucid Stead

Lucid Stead

Phillip K. Smith III turned a 70-year old dilapidated cabin into a light-based installation that embodies the word reflection in more ways than one. By day it mirrors the desert, by night it shines with LEDs. More here.

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