By Michael van Vliet | May 23, 2013
The Hutten Palast in Berlin Germany lets the less-than-intrepid camper experience the great indoors from the own personal caravan.
This unique concept hotel was started by a group of friends in Berlin as a way to capitalize on the rise of urban camping. They recovered an old factory in Neukolln that had a massive indoor hanger space and got to work transforming it with old caravans and mobile homes.
At the Hutten Palast, which roughly translates to “Caravan Palace”, guests sleep in the privacy of their own mobile-homes while sharing a common area. Furniture and decor were also scavenged by the owners to add to the indoor wilderness. And as you might expect, the hotel comes complete with a indoor “beer garden”.
Check out their website huettenpalast.de/
By Michael van Vliet | May 21, 2013
The Watervilla was designed by Dutch architectural firm +31 Architects and can be found floating in the Amstel river of Amsterdam.
Unlike most floating houses, the Watervilla has a very contemporary design without losing the characteristic appearance of the typical houseboat. Due to property restrictions on newly purchased land, living on the water has grown more and more popular in Holland. However, many individuals are put off by the typical “gypsy caravan” appearance of the existing houseboats, so they have started reaching out to designers to build a boat for their specific needs.
The Watevilla was designed with an open floor plan to maximize usable space. The living area and open kitchen are located on the waterfront, which offers a spectacular panorama of the Amstel river. Sleeping quarters are located below on a split level.
[ via +31 Architects]
By Michael van Vliet | April 29, 2013
On a golden hillside in New South Wales, sits a remote two-story cabin retreat designed by Sydney-based Casey Brown Architecture.
This copper-clad structure was initially conceived as a permanent camp for extended getaway trips and has turned into somewhat of a remote outpost. Its 3×3 meter footprint lends itself to a minimal lifestyle, with a cozy loft and small kitchen with a wood fired stove. Water is collected on the roof and stored in a nearby water tanks during the outbacks occasional rain showers.
To allow for greater airflow, copper panels open on three sides to create overhead verandahs. When not in use, these side-panels are lowered and act as armor against potential wildfires – a common problem in this arid part of the world.
[ Via iGNANT]
By Michael van Vliet | April 18, 2013
Designed by Croatian firm 3LHD architects, the restaurant Vidikovac at Ski Center Radusa is situated in the scenic Uskopaljski Valley.
The low-profile pavilion was inspired by the concept of a lookout. Visitors can take refuge from the icy cold by gathering around large, open fireplaces while enjoy food and beverages. Like many mountain roundhouses, the interior is finished with warm woods to contrasts the stark white outside.
To find out more about Restaurant Vidikovac and the unlikely skiing in Croatia visit the their website pegasus.ba
[ Via Design Boom]
By Michael van Vliet | April 17, 2013
Designed for the sole purpose of rubbing everyone else’s face in it, this Monaco penthouse is the ultimate display of cash-infused hubris.
Nestled atop a 49-story building, the 33,000 square foot multi-leveled apartment features a water slide from the second level balcony that takes you straight into the infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
As of right now the Tour Odeon penthouse is still under construction but it is slated to hit the market in 2014. If everything goes off as planed, it will be the most expensive penthouse ever listed with an asking price of $250 million.
So if you start saving $25,000 dollars a year, it will only take you 10,000 years to be able to afford it.
[ via HiConsumption]
By Michael van Vliet | March 19, 2013
In good company indeed! Recently our good friend Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean stopped by to see our other good friend Davide Berruto of Environment Furniture to check out his new shop Shelter Half. The temporary marketplace is located in the up-and-coming design district along La Brea Avenue and features a wide range of American made goods.
The name Shelter Half is a combination of two symbols of collective action: the canvases tents set up by soldiers and the famous Tacoma coffeehouse of the same name that functioned as a gathering place for lively conversation. In a similar spirit, Shelter Half is part showroom and part salon. A dynamic space that is more a forum on American craftsmanship than a traditional shop.
So if you’re in Los Angeles, stop by the beautifully arranged collection of Made in USA goods over at Shelter Half.
161 S. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
[ via A Continuous Lean via Shelter Half]
By Michael van Vliet | March 18, 2013
The House NA is open living at its very finest. Designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects, the house was made for a couple living in Tokyo and sits in stark contrast with the other concrete homes on the quiet residential block.
Not only is the house largely transparent, but it doesn’t adhere to tradition multiple story floor distinctions. Instead, it feels more like a modern tree house, with 21 individual levels situated at various heights and connected with steps, stairs, and ladders. Described as “a unity of separation and coherence” the House NA acts as both a single room and a collection of rooms. The house provides spaces of intimacy if two individuals choose to be close, while also allowing for a larger group to be distributed across the house.
[ via Design Boom]
By Michael van Vliet | March 11, 2013
The Sunset House in southern West Virginia gives you something to look at whether your inside or out. It was built by Nick and Lilah using reclaimed lumber from a barn that had been cut and milled down by the previous owner. The windows have all been gathered from local junk yards and thrift shops.
We can think of no better way to enjoy a morning cup of coffee, then to watch the sun come up through a wall of 24 windows.
[ via Cabin Porn via Old World Grange]
By Michael van Vliet | March 5, 2013
Built in the 1970′s, this glass yurt is the work of famed Big Sur architect Mickey Muennig. Its earthy foundation seems influenced by ancient cave dwellings while its glass capsule roof seem to have a futuristic inspiration. Hovering between these two aesthetics is a hanging bed that offers stunning views of the surrounding coastline.
Past, present, and future, this scenic retreat along the Pacific coast looks like a place where time could stand still. At least for a little while.
[ via inthralld]
By Michael van Vliet | February 27, 2013