design
This House Hasn't Been Redecorated Since the '60s and it's for Sale

A 96-year old Toronto woman is finally moving out of her quaint little house. The story isn't anything out of the ordinary—until you realise that she's lived there for 72 years and apparently hasn't redecorated once. Oh, and she has amazing taste. Read More >>

design
Power-Architect Frank Gehry's Battersea Power Station Flats are "Falling Over"

They haven't been built yet, of course, but the "falling over" aesthetic is what famous bizarre building maker Frank Gehry is aiming for with his part in the £8bn redevelopment of London's Battersea Power Station complex. Read More >>

architecture
This Super Energy-Efficient House is Made of Plastic

Tearing down old things to make room for new things is a beloved tradition. It makes sense in some ways. After all, better building materials mean better buildings, right? Not if you like beautiful old buildings. There is, however, a compromise. Read More >>

architecture
I Didn't Know Garage Doors Could be This Cool

San Francisco, as everyone who lives there knows, is a city desperate for more space. But making due with a small lot can sometimes lead to amazing things—like this home designed by Craig Steely. Read More >>

collection
Eight Buildings Designed to Incorporate the Trees Around Them

Architecture has a rich history of unapologetically demanding massive amounts of land to create man's vision over nature's. However, a more conscientious and natural approach to architecture has emerged to quell our territorial imperialism over mother nature. It's about time. Read More >>

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Inside the Homes That 11 Great Architects Designed for Themselves

Building a home for yourself could either be a nightmare or a dream: you have free reign, but you also must live with your mistakes or second-guesses forever. That hasn't stopped many architects from overseeing the designs of their own spaces—and lucky for us, sometimes they let photographers inside. Read More >>

cities
15,000 New Houses Squeezing in the South East via New "Garden City" Plan

The UK's about to get itself a new city, with the government announcing a plan to build an initial 15,000 new homes on various brownfield sites surrounding the Thames Estuary at Ebbsfleet. Thanks to a few daffodils stuck here and there, it will also be a "garden city" themed around welcoming outdoor spaces. Read More >>

architecture
This Cheap, Recyclable Passive House Assembles Like Lego

The Passive house (or Passivhaus to give it the original German title) movement is a wonderful thing. What could be wrong with a voluntary standard that encourages people to make their houses as energy efficient as possible? Well, it's complicated. Read More >>

architecture
I Want to Move Into all of These Houses Immediately

Who wouldn't want to wake up in this tree house? Architizer's A+ Awards have launched for public voting and they include several gorgeous houses tucked into some surprising parts of the globe. Here are a few of my favourites. Read More >>

booze
Cost of a Pint Explodes by 1,948 Per Cent Over 40 years

The price we pay for a pint has risen faster than house prices in the UK, with the cost of an average 0.568 of a litre of beer rising by 1,948 per cent since 1973. If you'd bought a pint back then and kept it in the fridge, you'd be a millionaire by now. Read More >>

architecture
This Cosy Urban Cabin is a Writer's Dream

For most writers, the idea of a retreat is a wistful fantasy. Many writers live in the city, far from that reclusive dream-cabin in the woods. So what's a writer to do? Well, you could just build a cabin in your garden, like this guy. Read More >>

architecture
Who Wouldn't Want This Victorian Mansion With a Spaceship in the Attic?

The owners of this eight-bedroom Victorian property in south London apparently had a knack for juxtaposing classic architecture and high-tech goodies. Case in point: this meticulously detailed cockpit for would-be astronauts in the attic. Read More >>

houses
£90 Million Could Buy You This 21 Bedroom Mayfair Mansion

Now that 95 per cent mortgages are back in fashion again, you'd only need to put down £85m to get yourself in this astonishing house in London's Mayfair, complete with 21 bedrooms, pool, sauna, a garage that can take four limos, a lift and seven reception rooms. For all your receptionists. Read More >>

architecture
Don't Throw Stones (Or Use the Loo) in This House with Glass Ceilings and Floors

Privacy is a big deal in the home. That's why we have walls and curtains and doors and things. Because after all, you don't want even your closest friends and relatives to see what you're up to all the time. Unless you live in Shanghai's Vertical Glass House. With glass ceilings and floors, privacy is not its selling point. Read More >>

architecture
Wouldn't it Be Fun to Live in a Translucent House?

Walls are too restrictive. They put up a barrier between you and the outside world, sometimes that's a good thing, but they also block natural light. So why not make them just a little bit translucent—you know, to brighten things up a bit? Read More >>

art
Don't Come Knocking if the Caravan-in-the-Trees is Rocking

Check out French artist Benedetto Bufalino's recent work "La caravane dans le ciele"—literally, "the caravan in the sky." A small camper sits on top of a hydraulic lift, providing enough room for a person to live in the clouds. It's kind of like The Jetsons, only with limited storage options. [designboom] Read More >>

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