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thread for innovative or strange or difficult or interesting homes

jergins, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 17:55 (sixteen years ago) link

full slide show

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 00:26 (sixteen years ago) link

it will grow things

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 00:28 (sixteen years ago) link

The ornamental masonry...functions as an underlayement for different sorts of climbingplants to grow up the facade....Kiwis, grapes, apples and roses will over time overgrow the house and create a 'natural curtain' around the living spaces and terraces, providing shading and privacy. Altough the living area is situated on the first floor, the inhabitants will herby experience their garden as an integral part of their livingspace.....

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 00:32 (sixteen years ago) link

In the Gulf of Siam Boris Vervoordt and Jef Moons saved two modernistic villa’s built by pupils of Le Corbusier from being ruined by the sun, wind and see. They restored the blue houses with a lot of respect for the modernistic history.

lxy, Friday, 26 October 2007 18:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Architects Nancy Neukermans and Dries Stevens invested in a Unimog, on which they built a mobile home. With their home-machine they travel six months a year around Europe. When they are in Antwerp, their base-camp, they live in a garage. The Unimog then becomes their luxurious bathroom. In the rest of the garage they constructed a temporary cabane with recycled materials.

lxy, Friday, 26 October 2007 18:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Strong but slender, containers can be wedged into small plots and stacked up to 9 units high.

9 high?!?

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 22:02 (sixteen years ago) link

wow ideas @Portfolio of Addis Containers Design Concepts

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 22:33 (sixteen years ago) link

ok MOCOLOCO Spacebox is pretty great at least in theory

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 22:35 (sixteen years ago) link

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 22:36 (sixteen years ago) link

they look like microwaves

jergins, Friday, 26 October 2007 22:44 (sixteen years ago) link

like the le corbusier redo

jergins, Saturday, 27 October 2007 08:18 (sixteen years ago) link


jergins, Saturday, 27 October 2007 08:19 (sixteen years ago) link

jergins, Saturday, 27 October 2007 08:21 (sixteen years ago) link

^another shot of the le corbusier's pupils' place. called Knai Bang Chatt and in Cambodia. the website made me hate it for a second--exclusive, bad flash, pretentious--but then i looked at the prices and it's like 100 bucks a night in the offseason.

jergins, Saturday, 27 October 2007 08:26 (sixteen years ago) link

three by the Belgian firm BARAK (Carl Bourgeois & Tijl Vanmeirhaeghe)

Woning Vandeneynde, Gent

Woning Vandewiele, Vresse-sur-Semois

Woning Casteleyn, Gent

lxy, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 20:42 (sixteen years ago) link

pix make me wanna build a house.

jergins, Wednesday, 31 October 2007 21:32 (sixteen years ago) link

i lived in this house

lxy, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:01 (sixteen years ago) link

and in this house

lxy, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:02 (sixteen years ago) link

no shit. how did you find those?

jergins, Friday, 2 November 2007 00:39 (sixteen years ago) link

on some army assistance site.

lxy, Friday, 2 November 2007 20:43 (sixteen years ago) link

locations, in order of appearance:

fort richardson, alaska
fort lewis, washington
wilmington, north carolina
upper marlboro, maryland

lxy, Friday, 2 November 2007 20:47 (sixteen years ago) link

(do you think living that close to a tobacco farm -- in maryland -- was a formative influence)

lxy, Friday, 2 November 2007 20:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Architect Dieter Van Everbroeck’s own house is a good example of his way of working. Sustainability and thoughtfulness form his credo. Van Everbroeck decided not to demolish the original house, constructed in the seventies. He reconstructed it to a home of today. "I couldn't built a better new building, therefore I focussed on eliminating what wasn't good and adding what we needed. The result is an open plan, flat roof, contemporary home, with a plain interior, based on funky colours.

more pictures here

lxy, Thursday, 8 November 2007 22:50 (sixteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Mr. Toilet's house opens in South Korea

Nov 10, 2007

SEOUL (AFP) — A South Korean lawmaker and public hygiene activist on Sunday opened his 1.6 million dollar toilet-shaped showcase house designed to campaign for cleaner loos worldwide.

The two-storey home, complete with a nameplate reading "Mr. Toilet's House", is now ready to be occupied, according to owner Sim Jae-Duck.

Billed as the world's only toilet house, the 419-square-metre (4,508-sq-foot) concrete and glass structure rose on the site of Sim's former home in Suweon, 40 kilometres (24 miles) south of Seoul.

Sim, 74, who told AFP last month that his mother gave him birth in a bathroom, has actively campaigned for "clean and beautiful" toilets since his service as Suweon mayor from 1995-2002.

His campaign has since turned many of public restrooms nationwide into facilities boasting paintings, fresh flowers or even small gardens.

Sim's house was completed before the Korea Toilet Association, which he funds, holds a forum in Seoul later this month to launch the World Toilet Association to take his campaign worldwide.

Before Sim's family moves in, he plans to rent out the residence for 50,000 dollars a day -- with proceeds going towards providing poor countries with proper sanitary facilities.

In the centre of the house is a glass-walled bathroom which features a device producing mist to make sure users do not feel too exposed. The loo's lid is raised automatically and music is also turned on when people enter.

The house, which has a stream and small garden in front, is nicknamed in Korean "Haewoojae," meaning "a place of sanctuary where one can solve one's worries."

Sim says 2.6 billion people still live without toilets worldwide.

Rick Gibralter, Friday, 7 December 2007 03:04 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...

haha how did i miss toilet house

jergins, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 20:28 (fifteen years ago) link

jergins, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 20:28 (fifteen years ago) link

The unstable hut in the middle of a lake

jergins, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 20:29 (fifteen years ago) link

jergins, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 20:31 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Progetto pubblicato da Kuehn Malvezzi il 17-10-2007. Torna alla scheda

jergins, Thursday, 21 February 2008 00:26 (fifteen years ago) link

^^Haus Droszda Wien

jergins, Thursday, 21 February 2008 00:26 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

lxy, Saturday, 15 March 2008 20:41 (fifteen years ago) link

lxy, Saturday, 15 March 2008 20:48 (fifteen years ago) link
credit for this one goes to tombot

lxy, Sunday, 16 March 2008 23:04 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Each residential unit is retrofitted from a combination of two or three recycled shipping containers to create studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments. The CUA employs a “shelf system” within its superstructure to speed construction time through off-site assembly and crane erection techniques.
The CUA reintroduces 1.35 acres of native habitat, farmland and community gathering space to its urban environment. Birds, insects and native plants would inhabit the 22,000 square feet of planters and upper terraces. The use of native plants increases the variety of insects that support the food chain. For example, maple trees support 18 species of insects while native oaks support 1,800 species of insects. The goal is to increase biodiversity in the city that will begin to support broader species of birds. A 19,000 sq. ft. chicken farm operates on the CUA’s lower terrace.

jergins, Thursday, 8 May 2008 23:10 (fifteen years ago) link

...a proposed mountain house for a site in Smugglers Notch, Vermont, by New York architects axis mundi.
"Entry is via a long and dramatic bridge to a viewing platform from which one ascends a staircase into the house," the architects' website explains. Kitchen, dining room, living room, and master bedroom are encountered in sequence as one moves upward through the structure.
You eventually arrive at an "open air garden... situated on the roof."
The intention is that over time the house will become considerably lush as vines grow down from the roof, in effect making the house into a modern ruin.
The wood cladding you see is teak on a concrete and steel frame.
Give that thing wider corner posts, run the utilities and services down through through them, and you're good to go. Install a portaledge or two, and the house gets even better.

jergins, Saturday, 10 May 2008 22:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Modern American architectural gems set for auction

jergins, Thursday, 15 May 2008 00:01 (fifteen years ago) link

ok bldgblog is kinda great

Deep-water city-states

The stakes for design have gone up, in other words. It's not just a question of producing better loft apartments, for which you can charge an extra $300,000, or of perfecting the art of luxury kitchen space; it's a question of designing architecture for extreme conditions and, should your architecture survive, thus opening up room for a new form of what might be called post-terrestrial sovereignty, i.e. governance freed from landed terrain.
Which is not to be confused with advocacy of the project; I just like discussing its political side-effects: architecture becomes wed with, indeed inseparable from, a political project. It is construction in the service of constitutionality (and vice versa).
Wed with oceanic mobility, the architecture of seasteading doesn't just aesthetically augment a natural landscape; it actually encases, or gives physical shape to, a political community. It is architecture as political space in the most literal sense.

jergins, Monday, 19 May 2008 21:56 (fifteen years ago) link

LED lights on the sides of new condos in downtown LA ala blade runner:

jergins, Wednesday, 21 May 2008 19:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Separation Creek House Australia

v v worthwhile slide show. interesting to see how light enters the house in shots 8 and 10

jergins, Thursday, 22 May 2008 18:52 (fifteen years ago) link

i pretty much just repost every new web urbanist article oh well

jergins, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 21:07 (fifteen years ago) link

i would like to live in blue-red-green-yellow-containers house, please

lxy, Tuesday, 27 May 2008 21:26 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...

styrofoam dome homes

jergins, Thursday, 14 August 2008 18:06 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

i would like it if after ben moved the island he popped out right there

Albertville FRANCE (jergins), Wednesday, 17 September 2008 20:32 (fifteen years ago) link

where is that!?#

amon, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link

i guess it was a little misleading to put it on the homes thread.

lxy, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 22:04 (fifteen years ago) link

a video about it (click on Dan Havel and Dean Ruck)

lxy, Wednesday, 17 September 2008 22:48 (fifteen years ago) link

lxy, Friday, 19 September 2008 02:30 (fifteen years ago) link

lxy, Sunday, 21 September 2008 01:38 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

my friend owns a house in mexico. this is the living room.

lxy, Sunday, 5 October 2008 04:06 (fifteen years ago) link

sup homes

max max max max, Sunday, 5 October 2008 04:32 (fifteen years ago) link


homes, Sunday, 5 October 2008 06:19 (fifteen years ago) link

do you know that when i met ruby we discovered we had both lived in the same cold damp ugly house in wellington, but years apart? the cafe we were in was just down the street, which is why i mentioned it to her. we were going to go and look at it again but we kept talking and ran out of time.

estela, Sunday, 5 October 2008 06:31 (fifteen years ago) link

is it because you spent the rest of the time saying, "OMG WHOA THAT'S SO WEIRD!!!!!!" over and over?

your friend the drunk (jergins), Sunday, 5 October 2008 07:17 (fifteen years ago) link

oops that was me

lxy, Sunday, 5 October 2008 07:18 (fifteen years ago) link

it made us seem like a pair of chocolate brownie eating ghosts.

estela, Sunday, 5 October 2008 07:37 (fifteen years ago) link

that is really neat

your friend the drunk (jergins), Sunday, 5 October 2008 07:41 (fifteen years ago) link

this house i lived in in portland, now some sorta-famous band lives there and they take their promo shots on the front porch

your friend the drunk (jergins), Sunday, 5 October 2008 07:42 (fifteen years ago) link

our couch was better

your friend the drunk (jergins), Sunday, 5 October 2008 07:42 (fifteen years ago) link

is the band called The Shins

gr8090, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 00:47 (fifteen years ago) link

haha no. i can't remember the band name now but at the time i was all "oh hey wow i've heard of them"

i carpeted the shit out of that basement. my drums sounded killer down there.

h.i.m. (jergins), Tuesday, 7 October 2008 00:55 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...
buncha bunch more great images
In the design by Herzog & de Meuron for 560 Leonard Street the load-bearing structure is strategically absent in the façade. The round columns are placed where Le Corbusier put them: just off the wall. The effect is not so much that of weightlessness - the building still has a distinct, ‘heavy’ mass that firmly stands on the ground. No, combined with the hip displacement of the upper floors, the effect is that of the stack. A stack of 56 stories, to be precise.

I am tempted to write that we could consider the design to be an exhibit of the ‘vertical schism’ that Rem Koolhaas recognized in the early twentieth century skyscraper. That is only a small part of the design, I think. More importantly is that the stack as a whole has turned into a sculpture in which each floor in theory could shrink or grow, or even move. The only parameter that is fixed, apart from the floor-to-ceiling height and the inescapable glass facade, is the relation to the elevator core. After the ‘plan libre’, now there is the ‘free perimeter’.

jergins, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:35 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

the shipping container as building block

jergins, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 23:06 (fourteen years ago) link

would defintely live here for sure even in the snow

jergins, Friday, 13 February 2009 22:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Holiday home in Australia equates mathematics to architecure

jergins, Saturday, 14 February 2009 01:08 (fourteen years ago) link

jergins, Saturday, 14 February 2009 19:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Hard times: The trailer park as a 21st-century housing model? Seriously.

jergins, Saturday, 14 February 2009 19:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Frank Lloyd Wright meets modern day prefab in the stunning Mod.Fab home, developed by students at Taliesin West in collaboration with their Dean Victor Sidy and Inhabitat favorite Jennifer Siegal. The goal of the collaboration was to build a prototype prefab conducive to elegant and sustainable living within the heart of the desert landscape. It only took a single picture for us to become instantaneous fans, and from passive solar design to photovoltaic panels and SIPs we’re thoroughly impressed with the project’s sustainable elements.

lxy, Monday, 16 February 2009 21:50 (fourteen years ago) link

the outside slides off

more images here

lxy, Saturday, 21 February 2009 02:34 (fourteen years ago) link

it's a tv story but the concepts presented are fucking awesome

lxy, Saturday, 21 February 2009 18:02 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

neat renovation of a victorian house in melbourne

lxy, Saturday, 7 March 2009 19:10 (fourteen years ago) link

some cutie houses from atelier bow-wow

lxy, Sunday, 8 March 2009 03:28 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

more container fun!!

jergins, Monday, 13 April 2009 22:44 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

did you get in your reader a million times that "cameron's house" is for sale? i think every site i read posted it at least once!

it's funny that it's such a thing, but i guess i understand, because it's a fucking cool house.

if you don't know what i'm talking about, let me know. i'm sure i will be getting another blog post about it soon.

lxy, Sunday, 7 June 2009 19:55 (fourteen years ago) link

cuz it's funny in the end

lxy, Thursday, 11 June 2009 00:38 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...

i need to read this when i can think about it (not at work)

jergins, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 23:34 (fourteen years ago) link

i love those pods

lxy, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 05:22 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...

a kitchen countertop made of legos? righteous!

lxy, Monday, 26 October 2009 19:30 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

jergins, Thursday, 18 August 2011 07:18 (twelve years ago) link

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