The Manta Resort’s new room on Pemba Island in Zanzibar is a tropical island hotel room like any other – except that it floats anchored above a shallow coastal coral reef. The bedroom, which was opened just this month, is located in a room below deck that has large viewing glasses offering guests a view of the colorful aquatic world outside. By day, tropical fish and other sea organisms float and swim by the window. At night, lights illuminate the water outside the windows, attracting squids and other otherwise shy sea creatures.
These copper pipes, gears and steel railings are not from the interior of an ironclad battleship or WWI factory – they‘re part of the brilliant interior steampunk design of Truth Coffee‘s cafe in Cape Town. The cafe features authentic elements and accents like old bookcases, candlestick telephones, vintage typewriters, gas-masks and other gizmos and gadgets.
We’ve all got some sort of idea of how our dream home might look. No matter what it is that makes your dream home unique, here are a few examples of homes where people have been able to realize some of their greatest home design fantasies. Warning – viewing some of these images may make you feel dissatisfied with your current home!
While some monuments are well taken care of and protected, those that are partially or even completely run-down often are the most interesting. Here’s are some of the most ghostly abandoned places around the world. Beneath all the dust, rust and cracks, there are the stories of people who used to live there.
If you decide to live in a tree house, prepare yourself that the idea will also have some downsides to it as well. Ethan Schlussler from Sandpoint, Idaho eventually got tired of “climbing a ladder six and a half million times a day” just to get up to his house, and that led him to a great solution. Ethan constructed an amazing bicycle-powered elevator to get him to his house that’s 30 feet above the ground!
As a graduate architecture student, Hank was tired of seeing architecture projects that never left the drawing board. So when it came time to come up with a final project, Hank did what was obviously the only logical solution – he bought an old school bus and, together with his brother and a friend, spent 14 weeks converting it into a modern, well-designed mobile home that can host up to 12 people complete with beds, a kitchen, a bathroom and two skylights.
One Chinese man – Zhang Biqing – let nothing stop him from building his idyllic mountain retreat, not even government safety regulations or the concerns of his neighbors. Biqing, a successful practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, spent six years piling rocks and plants into and around his penthouse on the 1000-square-meter roof of a 26-story apartment building in Beijing.
Cats often like a stroll outside, but that can cause some stress for their owners. To keep his feline friend safe, close to home and happy, one Japanese cat owner built this awesome fenced outdoor catwalk around the walls of his house. The creation makes sure that the cat can get some fresh air, but stay where you could always find it. Gotta admit, in a country with a shortage of space for people and pets alike, this structure is a really great idea!
As kids, most of us have dreamed of having a tree house as a safe haven – a secret place where we could establish a top-secret club house away from our pesky parents. Some of us still do. Here is a list of 17 of the most amazing treehouses from around the world – hopefully they will inspire to build one yourself!
Atop One Main Street in Brooklyn, New York, an iconic clock tower was transformed into a stunning triplex penthouse, located in the trendy DUMBO (down under the Manhattan bridge overpass) neighborhood. The penthouse entered the market in 2009 as the most expensive condo in Brooklyn, listed for $25 million – till then, the most expensive apartment on record had cost a mere $11 million. The realtors, however, have been unsuccessful in selling the Clock Tower penthouse, and it’s now down to $18 million. Well, what are you waiting for?
To promote Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, Saatchi & Saatchi Russia created an incredibly beautiful campaign showing what’s below the famous Russian Landmarks: Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lomonosov Moscow State University and Bolshoi Theatre.
In his ‘Architecture of Density’ photo series, German photographer Michael Wolf explores the jaw-dropping urban landscapes of Hong Kong. He rids his pictures of any context, such above or the earth below, and rarely includes people, either. The images are large scale flat captions of buildings which appear to be infinite and haunting in Michael’s photos.