Karl Friedrich Schinkel, scenic designs for Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute); The Hall of Stars in the Palace of the Queen of the Night [Königin der Nacht]; Entwurfzeichnung zum Bühnenbild, Berlin, c. 1816.
Artist Lives in Egg-Shaped, Floating Micro-House for One Year
To explore “the meaning of place at a time of great environmental change”, artist Stephen Turner teamed up with the association of SPUD Group and PAD Studio to build the “Exbury Egg”, an egg-shaped micro-home that floats on water.
Designed to be “tethered” like a boat, this unusual little house is made to “rise and fall with the tide”—containing bare necessities like a shower, a stove and a hammock bed, the Exbury Egg allows its occupant to more directly experience the seasonal cycles and processes of nature.
From 15 July 2013 to 14 July 2014, Turner will be living and working inside and around the house, documenting his unique one-year residency in the micro egg home on his blog.
Man Builds His Dream Mini-Home In Only Six Weeks For $9,000
Have you ever wanted to live in a home where you still felt like you were connected to nature and things were simple and pretty well off-grid? One man has done this in Thailand and it only cost him $9000 to do it.
Steve Areen was offered some land on his friends mango farm to build his dream home. To Steve, it was a home that was simple, inviting, nature oriented and sustainable. As you can see in the images below, Steve adopted a dome like design that has a number of benefits. He was able to put up this home in only 6 weeks from start to finish using cement blocks and clay bricks. While he likes the design, next time Steve intends to build the home using Earthen bricks. It’s important to note that he was able to achieve this for only $9000 because of Thailand’s cheap cost of living. He was able to put up the main structure for only $6000 and then spent $3000 filling it with goodies.
Steve isn’t the only one looking to build these sustainable and unique homes. It seems people all over the world are desiring off-grid and sustainable homes that are more in touch with nature. Is it perhaps that people are growing tired of the cookie cutter homes that are packed into neighbourhoods? Or are people craving more nature? Or maybe people simply want to get off the grid as they grow tired of the overpriced cost of living and governmental reliance being on the grid comes with. Whatever the case, it is clear the future of our world is off-grid sustainable living. It’s just a matter of when. With designs like Earthship’s and technologies like free energy, there is no reason why any of us need to be living on the grid and paying for utilities today.