Jeremiah Johnson had a crazy idea to get back at all the credit card companies that began flooding his mailbox with applications. He’d just finished college, had no money, and no inclination to sign up for a dozen credit cards. Originally, he planned to make a statement against it all by signing up for every […]
Insane, that’s what this is. Thanks to the sharp-eyed folks of My Modern Met, we’ve just discovered the Push-Button House by architect Adam Kalkin. Basically the walls of a shipping crate completely flip open via hydraulic action into a pretty impressive living space. The only bummer is that it’s not an actual house but an installation. Then again, who says we can’t daydream? Already, Kalkin is working on a follow-up to the Push-Button — dubbed Push-Button House 2 — which will be expanded to a five-room room for even more room for greatness.
Taking inspiration from five 19th-century novels (The Yellow Wallpaper, The Awakening, The Lifted Veil, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre) authored by women, Toronto-based photographer Julia Callon presented each novel as dual images of houses, one passive, one mad — not unlike conventional notions of womenhood. Superbly orchestrated.
Ever wanted to REALLY get away from civilization? Well, apparently you’re not the only one. This house is on a tiny cluster of islands south-west of Iceland, and it’s just the place to go when you want to get away from it all. Mowing that lawn might prove a bit difficult, but hey, at least you’ll survive the zombie apocalypse.
Commissioned by Wysing Arts Centre in 2008, Danish art collective N55’s mobile home invention is a ‘modular dwelling system that enables persons to live a peaceful nomadic life, moving slowly through the landscape or cityscape with minimal impact on the environment.’ It can do many nifty things, such as collecting rainwater, heating up water with solar energy, and can be fitted with a greenhouse for food and a wood burning stove for warmth (to be specific, ‘CO2 neutral heating’). Oh, and it has six legs that walk at a leisurely human speed. It’s the kind of caravan that extreme geeks dream about when they want to do some planetary exploration in their own backyard.
I’ve been following the work of William O’Brien Jr, who now teaches at my old architecture school, MIT. This Twins Project is a thoughtful, puzzle-piece of design, but what is most striking is the fact that all the images are renderings by Peter Gutherie, which perfectly capture the dialogue between these two ‘twins’, separated by landscape, snow and fog.
The title is pretty self explanatory. I have realised recently that amongst all the images I pull off blogs and websites over the days, I have been left with a pretty damn good photo collection of Awesome Houses in Awesome Places’. Yes, I agree, it’s always good to be surrounded by nature.
Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel designed and built the smallest house in the world. The wooden house measures one square meter, and its ‘flipping mechanism’ can turn this tiny house into a cozy place for a nap. Le-Mentzel took inspiration from his life as a refugee, and he decided he wanted to create a simple, affordable house that can go anywhere. Le-Mentzel’s architectural design is ‘a house for everybody, a square meter of freedom’.
Building a house on a steep hill can present a surmountable challenge for even the most creative of architects. I say surmountable because there are solutions. And this one by HSH architekti, is a total winner. Rather than fighting the extraordinary terrain they were presented with, they worked with it, creating a lush residence in which the interior surfaces slope as steeply as the ground it rests on. All of which would just make the task of walking up and down the hallways that little more strenuous.