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Phenomenal cosmic powers, itty-bitty living space

Published May 27, 2013

Phenomenal cosmic powers, itty-bitty living space

I’m always intrigued by the desire to live in compact spaces - whether it is seeing how they manage to fit impressive buildings into small pockets of land on Grand Designs, or a great layout on a narrow boat. Today I stumbled across this video from Gizmodo, in which there is some great design thinking on display to make the most of zero space in a New York City apartment.

30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful

Published April 29, 2013

30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful

30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful An incredible look at some former buildings that have been left behind by humans and reclaimed by nature. Some are eerie, some are gorgeous, some fascinating - a great collection to look through.

Keeping out of sight with below ground housing and parks

Published June 17, 2012

Keeping out of sight with below ground housing and parks

Recently, an underground house in the Swiss Alps started doing the rounds on the web. The house has one side facing out to the world, similar to the property in the Grand Designs episode I live-blogged about previously. The rest is buried underground so as not to prove an eye-sore in the beautiful landscape. Apparently, Swiss planning laws say you have to have a timber frame version of the building put up on site before they will grant it.

Underground skyscraper - your pyramid is upside down

Published October 1, 2011

Underground skyscraper - your pyramid is upside down

Why settle for a simple bunker underground when you can have an entire skyscraper delving into the depths of the earth? The BNKR Arquitectura company (great URL, by the way), have come up with a concept for an upside down pyramid for the middle of Mexico City. Starting with a wide opening at the top, the pyramid piles layer upon layer going down into a single point. There’s a great full-length picture here, whilst the top looks something like this.

Live like a Womble 7 - The Zombie house

Published May 15, 2011

Live like a Womble 7 - The Zombie house

I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but the best way to avoid a zombie attack has been doing the rounds on the internet for a while now. A concept house designed to withstand any form of attack but specifically the undead kind, this fortress looks incredible. I call it the Zombie House, but officially, the title is The Safe House, and you can see why. When opened up, it looks like any somewhat regular, if a little fancy, house you might see on Grand Designs.

Live like a womble 4 - Underground living

Published October 6, 2010

Live like a womble 4 - Underground living

You’ve got to love it when randomly browsing the web, you come across a company who have named themselves after the exact thing you are trying to achieve. Step forward¬†Underground Living Ltd. It looks like they do one thing, but they try and do it well. It’s more of an addendum to a house, rather than a complete underground living area, but the gallery and the animation on the site look lovely and clean and tidy.

Live like a womble 2 - The Underground House

Published August 11, 2010

Live like a womble 2 - The Underground House

Channel 4’s fantabulous program Grand Designs featured an Underground House in the third series, so this evening I watched the show via 4OD and took copious notes! Here’s what I found out as I watched. They built their house in a conveniently house-sized gap in a quarry that was already dug. The guy said he wanted a house like that to both “hide away and not impose.” Sounds about right. She was more into the eco effort, which we are less worried about.

Streets in the sky

Published September 15, 2009

Streets in the sky

If you have access to the BBC, and particularly iPlayer, I want to recommend the Saving Britain’s Past series. I have seen the first couple, and was very struck by the second episode in the series, all about the Park Hill Estate in Sheffield. The programme tracks the attempts to save some of the more iconic developments in Britain’s history, with other episodes focusing on country houses and the iconic buildings in Bath.

I know I am biased, but that doesn't mean I am wrong

Published October 17, 2005

I know I am biased, but that doesn't mean I am wrong

Three things I need to admit to before I start this post: I didn’t know there was such a thing as the Stirling Prize before we caught the awards on television. We only watched two and a half out of the six entrants I am biased towards all things F1 So, flicking through the channels, we stumbled across Kevin McLoud. I got all excited, thinking a new series of Grand Designs had started without me knowing, but soon realised it was actually coverage of the Stirling Prize announcement.