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This may become a growing trend, a way to survive the breakdown of society.  This is a link to an actual real estate site that is selling properties consisting of missile silos.   This are “hardened” facilities that would offer considerable protection from attack, as well as function as a fallout shelter.  Where does the jacuzzi go?




Forget the house – I want the CAR.


This jacuzzi seems somewhat exposed to the neighbors, but, after all, its in Belgium, the owners are EUROPEAN.

This house has a very clear organization.  Each of the 4 floors is devoted to one and only one specific function.



This house addition is completely underground to avoid needing the permission of neighbors.  The underground addition has 3 bedrooms for the kids plus a movie theatre.   A cool feature is a large slide that allows the kids to access their rooms without using stairs or going through the main part of the house.


The skin is “fiber-reinforced polymer sheet”.   The structural ribs are laser-cut steel. 

This house is in the Shibuya District in Tokyo.  The architects felt they needed a strong form in this particular location to prevent the house from being “swallowed up” by its surroundings over time.

One wonders what the interior space would be like with furniture ….  the interior does seem to be compromised.

Also, how is the physical security?  How difficult is it to cut into the exterior skin?   How is the insulation value?


 A residential design in Japan – 3 stories on a very small lot.  The architects achieve innovation within a simple rectangular box form.   As the linked site says, there is no need for the formal gymnastics of a Hadid, Koolhaas, or Libeskind here.


The author of the linked blog post makes some interesting observations about this house in Japan.  First, the house is so precise you can’t tell if the images are actual photos or renderings.  This is the hyperreality we are living in – one cannot tell if an image is real or simulation any longer.  I’ve had clients think photos are renderings!   The house takes on the character therefore of a “non-place”.

It is impossible to tell how the fencing is detailed.  It is reduced to simple vertical lines.  Both the exterior and interior make use of “folding” planes.

Design by Kubota Architects.



Here are 10 ways to change the home:

  1. Create large white spaces with accents of strong, positive colors.
  2. Knock down walls that aren’t structural and open up spaces.
  3. Buy less but better furniture.
  4. Use materials that are easy to clean and that age well. Plastic floors (laminates, vinyl sheeting, or artificial rubber) are lightweight, inexpensive, and wear well.
  5. Don’t be a pack rat: Recycle newspapers and magazines as soon as you’re done reading them. Better yet, read them online.
  6. Use color to express yourself. Don’t be afraid of that bright orange chair. Paint your wall lime green. Be brave when it comes to carpets, countertops, and tables. Color is beautiful.
  7. Use biodegradable and natural cleaning products.
  8. When you buy something for your home, get rid of something else. Seek balance.
  9. Make your space reconfigurable.
  10. Embrace technology.”


—Karim Rashid, Karim Rashid Inc., New York City