On October 14, 2006, the DME (Dallas Modern Expo) Modern Lecture Series will host Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner + Associates. Marmol is set to speak on the following topic: "From Design-build to […]
The September edition of Scientific American went completely environmental with topics ranging from nuclear power to renewable energy, from hydrogen transportation to sustainable building, from climate repair to carbon emissions, and from coal to […]
To kick off the Natural Energy Awareness Month of October, the American Solar Energy Society (www.ases.org) will be sponsoring the National Tour of Solar Homes on October 7, 2006. A solar home tour will […]
Well…I’ve been blog tagged by the eco-entrepreneur, Shea. Here it goes…
A Book that Changed My Life:The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Honestly, I don’t agree with the concept that one […]
Introducing the miniHome. Technically, it’s an RV, but it’s also designed for year-round living in extreme climates. Ask the company, and they’ll tell you it’s perfect as a ski chalet, vacation retreat, cottage, guest cabin, or simple + luxurious home-away-from-home. The base price is about $107,000 USD (max price $167,000), and if you’re thinking of hauling it around, you’ll need a vehicle that can handle a 14,000 pound haul.
I was skimming through one of my favorite magazines called Architectural Review, and I noticed a really cool article entitled "Tubular Troglodytes." I couldn’t find the article online, but I did some research on the architect and discovered a hotel in Linz, Austria with the name of dasparkhotel. Some of the website is in German, so I found the Google Translator somewhat (not completely) helpful. From what I understand, Dasparkhotel is a concept creation of Andrea Strauss.
As far as accomodations, this place isn’t that bad! You get a double bed, fresh blankets (or sleeping bags–can’t tell from the translation), lighting, moon/day light hole in ceiling, stow-a-way space beneath the bed, 220 V power connection, and an internet connection. Further, the surrounding area has toilets, showers, and a minibar & cafe.
Each tubular hotel room was created with redesigned, standardized sewer pipes, with a diameter large enough for normal people to stand up. Reservations for a "room" can be made online, and you use a code received via email to access the room. Apparently, the pay rate is "pay as you wish." I couldn’t discover whether the surrounding area services (toilet, minibar, shower, & cafeteria) were "pay as you wish"–meaning if you use it, you pay for it–or the actual hotel tube was "pay as you wish"–choose the amount and pay it. Regardless, I think this is a great idea!