Category Archives: Homes and Apartments

The 5 Weirdest Boats Ever Made

Hot Dog Boat

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A boat is a boat, right? Well, not exactly. You’d be amazed by how weird they can get! This list takes a look at 5 of the weirdest boat ideas ever imagined. Continue reading

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Is This Floating Spherical Home a Glimpse of the Future?

Floating house

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I’ve seen (and written about) virtually every floating house design imaginable, from the humble Exbury Egg to the massive Project Venus. There’s one pervasive trend that I’ve noticed in just about every design: aquatic architects tend to care about form more than function. Continue reading

Eggcelent Craftsmanship and Aquascaping Inspiration with the Beautiful Exbury Egg

Exbury Egg

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I’m the type of guy who adores minimalism. I’ll take big open spaces over clutter any day of the week, I usually think that the best type of art object is no art object at all, and I tend to avoid over-complication. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Stephen Turner, the designer of Exbury Egg, shares my love of simplicity and minimalism. Continue reading

Live in a Giant Sea Shell with the Breathtaking Nautilus House

Nautilus House

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants!

Yep. That’s pretty weird, but it’s what you’d expect from a children’s cartoon. I always thought it was strange that SpongeBob lived in a pineapple, of all things. Why would he live in something that’s from dry land when he’s at the bottom of the ocean?

Nautilus House Bathroom

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Who knows — maybe he’s onto something. Under that logic, maybe we humans should try building homes out of things from the bottom of the ocean. I can’t attest as to whether or not SpongeBob SquarePants was the inspiration, but that’s exactly what Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica did with his Nautilus House.

The house mimics the flowing shapes of the nautilus, with its inward spiral and white-brown color scheme. The designers created these odd shapes with a technique called ferrocement constructio. The builders used steel-reinforced chicken wire to create the desired shape, and then they covered the wire in a two-inch-thick layer of concrete. Whammo blammo — concrete walls in whatever shape you want. Walls made this technique have the added benefits of being maintenance-free and earthquake-proof — a handy feature considering that the home is built in Mexico City.

Nautilus House Bedroom

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The description on the website reads (after being filtered through Google Translate), “When entering from the outside, go up a staircase and into the Nautilus passed through a large stained glass window. There is generated a spatial experience living a journey sequence, wherein neither the walls or floor or ceiling are parallel. It is a three-dimensional fluid space where you can feel the continuous dynamic of the fourth dimension, spiral walking on the steps, with the sensation of floating on vegetation.”

Grass Carpets

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Floating on vegetation? Is that a terrible mistranslation? Nope — once inside, you’ll find a series of stone pathways flanked by a grass carpet. Skylights dot the home to provide all of the natural light that the inhabitants and the carpet could ever need. Altogether, it gives the home a beautifully organic feel. You’re living inside of a massive shell, the floor itself is alive, and you can eschew electronic lights in favor of natural sunlight. Even the furniture replicates the curving shapes of biological organisms!

Living Room

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Hopefully, the Nautilus House will show you just how flexible aquatic architecture can truly be. There are many different ways to bring the beauty of an ocean or a lake into your home. You could do it with a waterfall, an aquarium, a pond, or simply by designing a home that replicates the shapes of the deep blue sea.

Find Inspiration From These Stunning Backyard Aquascapes

Outside Aquascape

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The greatest thing about aquatic architecture is its versatility. You can add water to literally any living space, in any home on planet Earth. Today we’re going to highlight the beauty and incredible versatility of aquatic art by demonstrating how just a little bit of H2O can completely transform a backyard. Continue reading

Could You Live in this Wind Turbine Home?

Morphocode Wind Turbine

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Some people love sleeping with a fan blowing. The white noise drowns out a lot of the other sound from the environment, and the constant wind will help keep the room nice and cool so that you can snuggle up under layers of comfy covers. If you’re a fan-lover, then how would you feel about living your life atop a giant wind turbine out in the middle of the ocean? Continue reading