dome home

December 1, 2016 — 1 Comment

Dome for sale in Topanga Canyon.

Shaped like the Hollywood idea of a flying saucer, the Futuro is a prefab, portable, fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic vacation home

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Somewhere between 80 and 96 Futuros were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but at least eight have been demolished. Atlas Obscura has put together a map of every known Futuro House left in the world.

 

The Round House on Bathsheba beach in Barbados is nearly 200 years old. Built as a family home, it’s now an inn –

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villa circuitus

April 26, 2016 — 3 Comments

Villa Circuitus, the first round house in Sweden to meet passive house standards –

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A centuries old round house — once used as a pub, and before that a toll house — now for sale in Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK –

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Russian designers Nasya ​Kopteva ​and Sasha​ Braulov of 52 factory have created a paper clip holder that pays homage to the Melnikov House, an icon of Russian constructivist architecture. The item is part of a 10-piece collection of desk accessories, each corresponding to a landmark of the Russian avant-garde.

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Designed in 1927 by Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov, the double-cylinder house was revolutionary in its form, details and use of materials. It was built as the architect’s private residence, and he lived in the house — one of the few privately owned houses left in Moscow — until his death in 1974.

“The house saved him,” his son Viktor told the New York Times in 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a labour of love

January 24, 2016 — 2 Comments

She practiced alternative medicine; he was a doctor. But despite his conventional facade it was he — and decidedly not she — who dreamed of living in a circular house.

The doctor, property-owner and soon-to-be-round-house-builder explained his thinking on an episode of the British television show Grand Designs. His architect sent him a drawing, he said, that was a perfect circle. “I took one look at it, and thought, that’s great; it’s what nature would do: nature doesn’t grow squares … it just grabbed me.”

The story of how this man took a compelling idea and made a house out of it — and how he somehow managed to convince his reluctant spouse to stick with him during the process — is unexpectedly moving.

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At the end of the episode, narrator Kevin McCloud speaks about the house’s structure, but he could just as easily be describing the couple’s relationship: “the contradiction between the square and the round is completely resolvable. A building can take opposite ideas and synthesize from them something new and exciting.”

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wooden yurt

January 13, 2016 — 1 Comment

This energy-efficient eco-house, in Tulle, France — inspired by a yurt — was designed by architect Virginie Farges

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traditional round houses

January 11, 2016 — 1 Comment

A diverse array of traditional round houses — from Ethiopia to Ireland — via round houses on Pinterest

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jacksonville geodesica

December 28, 2015 — 2 Comments

A showy mid-century round house in Jacksonville, Florida, was just put on the market

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