Watch as one man builds a makeshift home for a homeless woman

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in News on Monday 4 May 2015

This is a truly inspiring story we’ve come across and we’re so happy to be sharing it. Elvis, who lives in Los Angeles, had formed a friendship with 60-year-old homeless woman Smokie after she knocked on his door asking for recyclables to exchange for a little bit of money. Instead of sending Smokie on her way with a few recyclables, Elvis went above and beyond, building this woman a makeshift home to live in.

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Visit this amazing floating home and learn a thing or two about self-sufficiency

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Wednesday 22 April 2015

Wayne Adams and Catherine King are the proud owners and operators of Freedom Cove, an amazing home that floats on 12 platforms filled with living spaces and greenhouses, all interconnected via a wooden pathway. It’s located in Canada, about half an hour by boat off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia.

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This Russian built a house from 12,000 champagne bottles in memory of his deceased son

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Thursday 9 April 2015

Many love the taste that champagne offers but the bottle that contains it? They would become 52-year-old Russian Hamidullah Ilchibaev most prized possessions. In fact, he cherished them so much he hoarded 12,000 emptied bottles and built a house with them.

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If you buy this house, its female owner may marry you too

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Friday 27 March 2015

Indonesian woman Wina Lia wants to sell her two-bedroom house in Sleman, located near the Javanese city of Yogyakarta. Her property has a small fish pond, a spacious backyard, and if you like, she can come with it too. Her online ad states that it is for sale at US$76,500 and that ‘Buyers who don’t negotiate the price can ask the owner to marry (terms and conditions apply)’.

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Would you like to live on an island with 10,000 kilos of fish swimming around you?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Thursday 26 March 2015

In Hungary, a small house on a small island located right smack in the middle of a 120-square-meter man-made pond is up for grabs. Well, maybe not for you and I who don’t care much for isolation but certainly for fishing lovers eyeing the 10,000 kilos of fish swimming happily in the pond. There are carps, breams and sturgeons galore, swimming happily about with nary a worry in their world till doomsday comes.

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This house was built to be incomplete: it’s the world’s first inside-out house!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Architecture on Wednesday 14 January 2015

A client approached Cut Paw Paw with a unique request. They wanted a house that was ‘ridiculously inside out’. So that is exactly what they got: a house that was deliberately built to be incomplete. Connecting the inside and outside, Cut Paw Paw took the challenge seriously and created a unique concept that blurs the line between internal and external space.

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Dancing horse takes over a living room! Yep, it isn’t a house party until the horse arrives

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Video on Tuesday 9 December 2014

Here is an interesting home video with very little background. What we can gather is that it’s a house party with a mariachi band and music. It’s a lively scene, and definitely an unusual one. To make the party even livelier, these party-goers brought in a talented dancing horse to prance around the living room. Yep, a dancing horse.

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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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Russian woman uses 30,000 bottle caps to make her house pop

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Russian Taiga is a secluded Karmarchaga village with one very special exhibit – a story book house completely covered in colored bottle caps. Its owner has kept herself busy collecting bottle caps assiduously over the years. When she has hit the magical number of 30,000, she hammered them all on the exterior walls of her […]

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This guy converted a retired Boeing 727 into a comfortable home

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Unlike most people, a house is not a home for Bruce Cambell. He would rather live in a Boeing 727 surrounded by woods, thank you very much. So he purchased a retired Boeing 727 for about US$220,000 and install it in a suburban wooded area outside Portland, Oregon of USA.

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Vintage Boeing 727 is given second life as an exclusive hotel suite in Costa Rica

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Thursday 22 May 2014

The aptly named Phoenix Suite at the Costa Verde resort in Costa Rica is certainly the coolest thing I’ve seen all week, and is now right at the top of my list of money-being-no-object holiday destinations! Salvaged from it’s resting place at San Jose airport, the 1965 airframe has taken to the skies once again (albeit only at 30 feet, not 30, 000) as a luxury two-bedroom suite in the trees on the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Review: Grizzly Bear at the Sydney Opera House

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 11 January 2014

I can assure you that Grizzly Bear are not running short on either creativity and originality. As they walked onto the stage at the Sydney Opera House’s beautiful Concert Hall, a hush washed over the crowd.

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A house with interiors that change any way you flip it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Now now, imagine living in a room which lets you flip your furniture about with a quick spin. Students from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe, Christian Zwick and Konstantin Jerabek, designed this pretty cool revolving cylindrical house that offers flexible housing with limited space. In one position, the room is a workspace; in another, it becomes […]

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Stacks of houses over a lake in Christchurch, New Zealand

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 19 March 2013

In New Zealand’s Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, who is based in Sao Paolo, has stacked metallic boxy structures above Kiosk Lake for an installation work called Muegano. He said the idea came from reflecting about the symbolic house shape and seeing how it didn’t look like a natural organic construction.

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The Gue(ho)st House

Bridget Barnett Contributor

By Bridget Barnett in Architecture on Wednesday 28 November 2012

French artists Christophe Berdaguer and Marie Pejus have taken a redundant building in the grounds of their arts centre and turned it into a ghost-like architectural structure. Looks like the perfect venue for next year’s Halloween bash.

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