Our toys have always lived far more lavish lifestyles than we could ever dream of. Barbie has owned everything from motorhomes to planes, G.I. Joe was better equipped than the U.S. Military, and now your child's Playmobil figures have a gorgeous ultra-modern mansion to call home.
The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7,500 housewares: Actual houses. And there's a very good economic reason for the ambitious new…
On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple- you pay money and in return you're given unfettered access to a predetermined amount of land. But how much of that land do you actually own? Do you own the sky above it? How about the land below it? What about all the animals that may live there; do you own…
Sometimes you want a room with a view. Sometimes you want a bunker that's walled-off to the world. Why not have both? The Sharifi-ha House can shape-shift based on the amount of sun or level of privacy that its residents need at that particular moment.
This house looks normal. Lovely, even. But get up close and you'll realize that it's far from conventional—because it's made from trash. Real, actual trash.
Architecture has a rich history of unapologetically demanding massive amounts of land to create man's vision over nature's. However, a more conscientious and natural approach to architecture has emerged to quell our territorial imperialism over mother nature. It's about time.
Building a home for yourself could either be a nightmare or a dream: You have free reign, but you also must live with your mistakes or second-guesses forever. That hasn't stopped many architects from overseeing the designs of their own spaces—and lucky for us, sometimes they let photographers inside.Shigeru Ban,…
I mean, who wouldn't want to wake up in this tree house? Architizer's A+ Awards have launched for public voting and they include several gorgeous houses tucked into some surprising parts of the globe. Here are a few of my favorites.
If you fancy yourself a designer of sorts, you're going to love Blu Homes. This California-based company makes beautiful, incredibly customizable prefab houses that also happen to be environmentally friendly. You can design your own without leaving the comfort of your couch.
Somewhere hiding on a hillside northwest of Oslo, there's a magical little lodge. Well, at 1,400 square feet, this house designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter is actually a pretty decent-sized lodge. And, boy, is it pretty.
Connect Homes wants to change the world of prefab. Since the it's run by architects with pedigrees that include time spent at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, the company's in a good position to make an impact, too. But it needs your help.
Walls are too restrictive. They put up a barrier between you and the outside world—sometimes that's a good thing—but they also block natural light. So why not make them just a little bit translucent—you know, to brighten things up a bit?
Houses like the Cloudy Bay Shack in Marlborough, New Zealand, make you wonder why anyone would ever choose to live in an apartment (besides, you know, money). This house has everything: lovely rural scenery, a brilliant layout and a bold modern aesthetic. And though those two things might not normally jibe, they…
If play is the opposite of work, then every home should have a mandatory slide. It’s significantly faster than taking the stairs, greener than an elevator, and more compact than either. Plus, you will never have to go to the playground again. In fact, as an adult in New York state at least, you aren’t even allowed to…
In New York City, buildings are changing hands all the time—and nothing really lasts forever. The legendary music venue CBGB? Well, it's now a John Varvatos store. And this grimy mechanic's shop at the northern end of Manhattan? It was once the entryway to a beautiful 19th century estate.
Start saving yesterday, because as soon as these Orsos luxury island yacht estates become available in 2013, you're not going to want to wait to sail off on your own private paradise.
If you've ever seen the movie Alive, you know how uncomfortable it can be living in the fuselage of a passenger jet. But one man seems to have made it work with his very own Boeing 727 that he calls home.