Iconic British Phone Booths Turned into Office Pods

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The red telephone booths are as much a staple of Great Britain as anything else is. They were first designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott back in 1935, and of the 60,000 that were built in the span of nearly a century, about 11,000 are still standing. The need for them has declined dramatically due to the rise in popularity of cell phones. However, the New York-based firm Bar Works is now planning on converting them into co-working offices.

Bar Works has already seen success with this so-called Pod Works program elsewhere, which is why they decided to bring it to London, Leeds and Edinburgh now. The project will involve the converting of the 3-square-foot phone booths into tiny offices, which will all be equipped with a desk and chair, as well as a printer/scanner, a 25-inch monitor, a powerbank of plugs, WiFi, and even a hot drinks machine. (more…)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

An Interesting Example of Shipping Container Architecture

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The so-called RDP House, recently completed in Quito, Ecuador, is a great example of unique and interesting ways in which shipping containers can be used to build modern, sustainable homes. It was designed by architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero. (more…)

By |January 19th, 2017|Container Design|0 Comments

Off-Grid Cabin That Doubles as Ski Slope

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This fun cabin was designed by the architecture firm Vardehaugen of Norway. It can function completely off-the-grid and features a sloping roof that the architects claim can serve as a ski/sledding trail and even a ski jumping slope, though I’m not sure how safe the latter is. (more…)

By |January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prefab Houseboat That’s as Comfortable to Live in as Any House

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The UK-based company Bluefield Houseboats was established with the goal of making houseboats that are as comfortable to live in as any nice house or apartment. They also design these houseboats with sustainability in mind, so the boats are prefabricated, feature an energy-efficient design, and are equipped with state of the art home automation technology.

Their first model home is a single story houseboat, which has a total floorspace of 500 sq ft (46.5 sq m). Much of the interior is taken up by the living and dining area and the kitchen, while ample glazing makes it appear larger than it is. The houseboat also has a well-sized master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. There is also a second bedroom and bathroom. The roof is also a terrace and can be reached via a set of stairs attached to the side of the houseboat. (more…)

By |January 11th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Interesting Take on Transformer Units

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Between multipurpose furniture, storage stairs and all-inclusive transformer units we’ve seen a lot of clever solutions on how to make the most of the often very cramped space in small city apartments. And here’s another one to add to the list. It is the brainchild of the Madrid-based design firm Zooco and is made up of several partitions that are set against the wall and can be used as storage, a desk, or a lounge area. (more…)

By |January 9th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Amsterdam Gets First 3D Printed Cabin

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Amsterdam-based firm DUS Architects has recently completed a tiny guesthouse, which was printed rather than built. It is intended to be rented out on a short-term basis, is fully equipped with all modern conveniences and even features a small garden and an outdoor bathtub. The structure is called Urban Cabin, and was created using a special 3D printing technology developed by the firm that built it. (more…)

By |January 4th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments