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The Truffle by Ensamble Studio (Video)

By • Apr 7, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Spanish architectural firm Ensamble Studio has designed “la Trufa” (the Truffle) in collaboration with Ricardo Sanz and Javier Cuesta.

This 270-square-foot one-room dwelling is located in Costa de Morte, in the north of Spain.

to build the Truffle, contractors dug a large hole, compacted the excavated soil around the cavity to form a rough retaining wall, stacked hay bales inside, and poured concrete over them.

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall

By • Apr 7, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Located near near the village of Mevagissey in Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, are one of one of Cornwall’s must-visit gardens.

Originally owned by the Tremayne family for over 400 years, the gardens fell into a state of neglect after the first World War when many of the gardeners sadly lost their lives.

It wasn’t until 1990 that the derelict gardens were discovered by Tim Smit (who went on to create Cornwall’s Eden Project) and John Willis, who was a descendant of the Tremayne family.

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25 Years of Growth in Las Vegas

By • Apr 6, 2011

Found on Nasa’s website, this series of images taken from NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite shows the city’s spread into the adjacent desert landscape.

Check out the video below and click the images to zoom in!

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Retractable Kitchen Island Controlled by iPhone: Yes, Someone Did It!

By • Mar 18, 2011

Have you ever dreamed of a sliding up and down kitchen island?

Well, it looks like geeky do-it-yourselfer Tim Thaler did it, and even better, it’s iPhone Controlled!

Check out the video below!

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Duplex Apartment with a Helical Slide in New York City

By • Mar 9, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Designed by Turett Collaborative Architects, this duplex apartment is located in a new building in the East Village of New York City.

Two identical one-bedroom units, one atop the other were combine together into a 2,400 square-foot duplex two-bedroom penthouse with the option to descend speedily from the top floor with a custom-made sculptural slide!

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Amazing Miniature “Boxes” by French artist Marc Giai-Miniet

By • Feb 28, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Born in 1946 in Trappes, France, French artist Marc Giai-Miniet takes boxes and turns them into incredible miniature apartments and multi-level structures.

Cluttered yet still extremely detailed, the series titled “Les Boites” (The Boxes) includes dark scenes featuring laboratories, dingy basements, factories and offices.

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24 Square-Foot Tiny House Now On Sale For $3,000!

By • Feb 25, 2011

No there is no typo here, Dereck Diedricksen is actually selling Gypsy Junker, a 24 square-foot tiny house he has made out of shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and a neighbor’s discarded kitchen cabinets!

The owner builds tiny houses from scavenged materials in his backyard as a hobby and is currently experiencing his fifteen minutes of fame after the New York Times published some photos of his work.

If you like the house, watch the video below with a tour of the tiny house and read the rest of the story here.

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Streetstew pad by Interror

By • Jan 30, 2011

The Belgian designer Tim Baute from Interror has designed Streetstew, a practical aluminum trivet for one or more pots inspired on city maps.

The design consists of three puzzle pieces.  I especially love “This is Belgium”, but that’s probably because I’m living in Belgium…

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