15 Unusual Home Designs Created With Architectural Genius

15 Unusual Home Designs Created With Architectural Genius


– [Glen] These days,
leaving civilization behind to reconnect with nature doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the
modern luxuries of technology. I’m Glen and today we’re bringing you 15 of our favorite unusual
home and architectural wonders. (upbeat music) – [Announcer] Number 15. – [Glen] This innovative housing project sees new homes built
inside existing structures which have fallen into disrepair. As the government is not allowed to knock down these
older, traditional homes, a local architectural firm
thought outside the box. Or inside the box depending
on how you look at it to attract homeowners back to the area. The resulting structures feature not only high quality sleek design, but
also an affordable building that consumes 75% less
energy when compared with its neighbors, demonstrating
a thoughtful approach to combining a modern lifestyle with historic preservation. – [Announcer] Number 14. – [Glen] You could interpret Casa G as a love story to Iceland. Each corner of the house reflects the volcanic landscape upon which it sits. The east section has one
sole rectangular window which looks out toward the glacier so when seen from the interior, it doesn’t appear to be a window. But instead, a painting. The interior is designed
using glass, stone and wood to continue this ode to nature but in a way that projects
a warm and cozy feel. There is minimal artwork on the wall but who would need it anyway considering the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. – [Announcer] Number 13. – [Glen] Hidden amongst the woods in Canada’s Eastern Township, you’ll find the Crowhill Cabin. This minimalistic cabin is located right on the edge of a mountain so as to maximize the panoramic views of the landscape below. Although the building
stands out from the forest, there are still subtle
references to its surroundings such as the sloping roof, which makes it a part of the mountain. The burnt wood facade or
the pre woven hemlock planks in its interior. – [Announcer] Number 12. – [Glen] This relocatable
trailer demonstrates how to design using an
architecture of frugality as opposed to an
architecture of minimalism. Because in this case, the designers just took what they had available. As a result of using elements
such as construction waste and locally grown, unseasoned timber, the project was not only
environmentally friendly, but also only cost around $28,000 dollars. The structure was also designed to be easy to transport as it has a removable trailer that slides out from
underneath the structure when not in transport. So it’s perfect for those
with a little wanderlust. – [Announcer] Number 11. – [Glen] The Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin offers an industrial hideaway for those looking to
rejuvenate their spirits. The cabin is part of the Lost Whiskey club so naturally, it features
a mobile whiskey bar. The minimalist interior has a Murphy bed that transforms into a table, yet it’s wood burning fireplace means it still feels decidedly country. The best part, that would
have to be the outside deck featuring a wood fired hot tub and a hammock that
hangs out over the cliff and trees below. – [Announcer] Number 10. – [Glen] The Rimrock House is named after the unique topography of the bluff upon which it sits. The home almost appears to be floating above the volcanic
landscape as a large portion is built over two sides of a natural wash, allowing the space below for
any animals to pass through. While the first floor opens
up to the natural landscape with floor to ceiling
windows providing spectacular views on both sides of the structure, the second floor feels more intimate and offers a sense of privacy. – [Announcer] Number Nine. – [Glen] The Shangri-la cabin is the first of a series of homes to be designed for a secluded patch of Chilean forest. It’s slanted roof reaches up to the sky and allows the structure to have a cozy second floor loft with
a wood burning stove. The wooden interior
provides a welcome relief to visitors looking to shelter
from the unforgiving climate. The entire structure
sits upon concrete stilts minimizing the impact on the ground and reaching simplicity
with a respect for nature. – [Announcer] Number Eight. – [Glen] The Clear Rock
Ranch juts out on stilts over a West Texas cliff face. It blends surprisingly well
into the surrounding landscape with it’s weathered steel
exterior chosen specifically by the owner as an
homage to his early days welding oil tanks. It’s unique position
means visitors must walk first across the roof, across the terrace and then down the stairs to finally reach the front door. This allows both the rooftop terrace and the interior floor to ceiling windows to have a completely unobstructed view. It also provides the home with the ability to act as either a hunting blind or an observation deck. – [Announcer] Number Seven. – [Glen] Combining the
design of Felipe Stark and the high tech expertise of Rico, these pre-fabricated homes blend a modern aesthetic with
energy efficient technology allowing them to be mostly
or completely off-grid. The surprisingly affordable homes are customizable and only
take around six months to create and then three
months to construct on site. The beautiful wooden
ceilings connect each room inside the structure while
most of the technological features are hidden
away neatly on the roof with the only visible trace
coming from the plants cascading down the facade. – [Announcer] Number Six. – [Glen] The Gold Container House breaks down preconceptions about what a container home can be. At first, a metal home
in the deserts of Arizona sounds like the worst imaginable idea. But the home uses aluminum
foil to simply reflect that heat and prevent it
from entering the structure. Although the exterior mostly
keeps the shipping container aesthetic, the interior
is extremely modern and features the latest
technological advances for lightning fast connectivity. A key benefit of the container home is the incredibly spacious interior. Even offering a four car
garage on the main level. – [Announcer] Number Five. – [Glen] Dutch architecture
Studio Ark Shelter has a series of pre-fabricated mobile and zero impact homes. The minimalist design promises to change the way you live life to
bring you closer to nature. This 40 square meter shelter
uses space intelligently allowing homeowners to slide doors to separate between the five
different sections of the home and providing sides that
are able to fold open to truly use nature as
an extension of the home. The shelter might be minimalist, but that does not mean
it is without luxury as it has hidden details,
such as a hot tub incorporated under the pulley bed. – [Announcer] Number Four. – [Glen] This luxury cottage in Sweden has been built on stilts and juts out over a small cliff, having
an open planned kitchen that leads into the living room and then onto the
spacious outdoor terrace. It makes it perfect for entertaining while the wraparound deck could be a perfect place for a
romantic dinner for two. The cottage comes with
its own private stretch of beach and a sauna,
offering stunning views out over the water. – [Announcer] Number Three. – [Glen] The Pan Tree Top cabins were inspired by the Norwegian snow forest in which they stand. The reason the architects designed the structures high up in the trees was to allow the cabins to blend into the environment without disturbing the natural landscape. If you’re worried about being so elevated, you needn’t be, as the
cabins have been built to withstand the force of
more than two hurricanes. Each cabin was strategically placed to maximize the entrance of natural light and allow for ambience and warmth in the winter months. The large triangular glass facades allow for close up but unobtrusive views of the nature below. – [Announcer] Number Two. – [Glen] The Mars Case House developed as a collaboration
between open architecture and the electronics company Xiaomi aims to explore the nature
of our essential needs and simple living. The tiny 26 square foot module creates a place of self circulating energy and zero waste. All the living spaces are inflatable and those can be easily
folded and transported. The space is not only
practical but also high tech, integrating Xiaomi’s product
lines so that the home can be connected wirelessly and controlled using your smartphone. The project aims to
question our living habits and offer insight into how future urban environments can be. – [Announcer] Number One. – [Glen] The Sky Sphere is a DIY project taken to another level, or another planet entirely. This futuristic man cave
shows what hard work can get you. A 33 foot tall solar powered structured offering 360 degree
views of the countryside. Williams did most of the
construction himself, picking up skills like
welding in the process. But all this work meant
the project only cost him around $50,000 dollars
and 3,000 man hours. With a fingerprint scan
to enter the building, abundant voice controled features and the ability to have beers delivered right to the sofa, this man cave is something most can only dream about. (upbeat music) – [Man] This episode of Minds Eye Design is brought to you by HOVR, the under desk leg swing. HOVR promotes active sitting by allowing the user to burn calories through lower body movement while seated. So if you missed your
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