We can’t believe how far humans have come since their architecturally naive Nethanderal ancestors. Once upon a time, we used to just dwell in caves. Now we’ve making waves in architecture in ways we’ve never thought possible. From shipping crate houses to apartments shaped like toilet bowls, we’ve got contemporary architecture owned. We think.

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This man scoured the beach for one million seashells to stick onto his house

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 7 October 2014

When we were very young, we recited ‘She sells seashells by the seashore’ in its entirety to see who would get their tongue twisted. Well, Xiao Yongsheng from Lingshan Island of China’s Shandong province has put those seashells to better use instead. He spent two years building a shell house by decorating the outer walls and the roof with more than one million colorful shells he collected on his own private beach.

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In China, a school maximized its limited space by turning its roof into a running oval

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 7 October 2014

What this school lacks in space, it more than makes up for it in ingenuity! Located in the heart of a sprawling high-density area, the Tiantai No.2 Primary School didn’t have the luxury of having wide grassy areas to put their running oval and basketball court. The solution? Put it on the roof!

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Concept house harnesses the power of tidal waves for electricity

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Wednesday 1 October 2014

This is more than just a house. This feat of architectural engineering is also a power station that harnesses the power of waves. Designed by Margot Krasojević, the Hydroelectric Tidal House is simple awesome. The building is structured around two shells, an inner and an outer.

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This office disappears to prevent employees from working overtime

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 26 September 2014

The Heldergroen office in Amsterdam looks just like any office during working hours, but once the clock strikes 6, a key is turned and steel cables lift the desks up into the air, effectively stopping anyone who wants to do overtime.

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This is not a real cabin: it’s a basement man cave and it only cost $107!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 19 September 2014

Now THAT is a man cave! Reddit user ‘kelhans’ turned his ordinary basement into a 1950s era hunting cabin man cave. What’s more impressive? He spent only $107 on materials! Using mostly found or reclaimed materials (like the fireplace bricks, which he scavenged on the side of the road), he spent 6 months transforming every nick and cranny to have that rustic feel.

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Check out this awesome futuristic house hidden away in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Thursday 18 September 2014

Talk about inaccessibility! Not only is this concept house located deep in the Scottish Highlands, but it’s mounted high above the ground on stilts. Roost House, created by French designer Benoit Challand, was inspired by the modernist architecture of Le Corbusier as well as the sculptural forms of Santiago Calatrava. Set several stories above the ground on an angular scaffold, the concept was created around the idea of a futuristic self-sustaining house.

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The smallest house in the world can be yours for a crazy $443,920

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Thursday 11 September 2014

If you think you’re paying too much for your cramped apartment, wait ‘til you see the ‘world’s smallest house’ that’s priced at a whopping $443,920! A one-bedroom house located in Barnsbury, North London is currently for sale on UK property website, Zoopla.

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London’s council commission a floating village to ease demand for housing

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Friday 29 August 2014

Floating villages are by no means a new phenomenon, having been established in Vietnam and Cambodia for hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years. In more recent years developed countries have begun investigating floating settlements as a way to cope with flooding and rising sea levels, most noticeably in China and The Netherlands.

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Loving parents gave their son a secret treasure room for his birthday

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Some kids have all the luck. While most of us grew up sharing a room with a sibling – or if you’re lucky, you had your own room – this kid has his own room AND a secret treasure room! A few years ago, Sarah Goer and her husband discovered a hidden storage space when they moved into their home. They decided to turn it into a secret room, or as their son likes to call it, a Secret Treasure Room. But the timing wasn’t right, seeing how no 2-year-old could have any use for an extra room.

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Small things that are actually surprisingly big: From hidden hammocks to sliding walls, this tiny attic apartment has it all

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By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Friday 22 August 2014

Introducing Didomestic, an tiny residence in the centre of Madrid, jam-packed with hidden gems of awesomeness. Decorated sparsely with plain wood and neutral colours, Didomestic was designed with flexibility in mind. Almost every section of wall, ceiling and floor can be opened, turned or rotated to reveal endless living accessories and layout options. In various […]

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This might look like a lake, but it’s actually a $2 million swimming pool

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 20 August 2014

What’s a good way to spend $2 million? THIS. Called ‘The Mountain’, this extravagant pool located in Springville, Utah is the stuff dreams are made of. As you can see, it’s not like your ordinary backyard pool, it actually blends in with the scenic background through its man-made cliffs and waterfalls. This 360,000 gallon pool […]

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The world’s most luxurious (and over the top) bedrooms

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 1 August 2014

When it comes to bedroom decorating, many of us just head to the local Ikea to pick up a cheap bed or chest of drawers. But for the 1% who live lives of luxury, bedrooms are more like palaces, with every detail gone into their designs. HGTV takes us on a journey with their incredible list of the world’s most luxurious bedrooms, and you may just be surprised what some people are treated to.

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Howl’s Moving Castle stand aside, this house in Tehran takes the cake

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Architects at the Iranian firm NextOffice have built an incredible new residence, complete with moving parts. The Sharifi-Ha house in Tehran comes with instructions that show the inhabitants how they can rotate whole sections of the three-story building at the push of a button. The original concept was developed in order to create a structure […]

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Set up this spherical pod as your office, why not?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 30 July 2014

The Archipod, we’ve got to say, must be the coolest garden office out there. The sphere-like design literally puts you in the centre of your immediate universe, the 2.9m-diameter space reaches up to a comfortable height of 2.5m, and it comes with a curved desk. The walls are double-insulated, the roof dome is made of […]

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Architecture of new Remarkables ski base

Ben Urquhart Contributor

By Ben Urquhart in Architecture on Monday 21 July 2014

We recently visited the The Remarkables, a mountain range and skifield just out side of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The mountains were named by the Queenstown settlers, upon seeing it during sunset one evening and named them the Remarkables to describe the sight.

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