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Inside Muji's Beautiful, Affordable Prefab Houses

The Japanese retailer Muji has built a cult following by offering nearly any object you could want in your home for not much money and proportionately great design. Now, the company is offering one more item to its line of 7500 housewares: actual houses. And there’s a very good economic reason for the ambitious new venture.


These Clever Mud Hut Designs Rethink Cheap Rural Living

Mud huts are normally associated with the most basic level of just-scraping-by living: utilitarian, cheap, but hardly the height of design (or even comfort). The Nka Foundation wondered what would happen if the mud hut was modernised: same basic materials, same low cost, but 21st century techniques.


Argentina Is Using Drones To Hunt Down Tax-Evading Mansions

Officials in Argentina had a sneaking suspicion about property tax evasion, so they sent sent out some camera-equipped drones to look at a mostly vacant part of town. What’d they find? Oh, just 200 luxury houses that hadn’t been registered, according to the Telegraph. That’s pretty flagrant.


If You Own Land, How Far Above And Below Do You Own?

On paper, the concept of land ownership sounds very simple — you pay money and in return you’re given unfettered access to a predetermined amount of land. But how much of that land do you actually own? Do you own the sky above it? How about the land below it? What about all the animals that may live there; do you own those too? All of these questions and more define what exactly it means to “own” a piece of land. Surprisingly, many of the answers aren’t well defined from a legal standpoint as you’ll soon see.


13 European Dream Homes You Can Actually Rent

It’s no secret that Europe is full of magical places. However, you’re probably never going to stay in Windsor Castle or sleep in Rapunzel’s tower. You might, however, enjoy a similar brush with a fairy tale thanks to this architecture-loving travel agency in Germany.


You Don't Need Dreams When You Sleep In This Bedroom

The name of this home perched on the cliffs of Zapallar, Chile, is the Catch the Views House. If it was mine, I would rename it The Dream. Created by LAND Arquitectos, they said it was designed to “catch as many views as possible”. They succeeded.


This Cosy Log Cabin In The Swiss Alps Is Entirely Made Out Of Concrete

If you didn’t know know better, you’d think the Refugi Liepthaus in the Alps was just another quaint log cabin from afar. But if you get close, you’ll realise that those ridges on the walls are not logs but a beautiful brutalist exterior. It’s awesome.


The Faded Glory Of Dilapidated Modernist Homes

Modern architecture is usually grandly depicted in pristine photographs against seductive backdrops. But buildings, like all things, are subject to the decay of time.


One Man's Crazy Quest To Build A Tiny House On The Moon

There’s no end to fantasies about living on the moon. Actually possible moon bases, fictional Nazi moon bases, insane Newt Gingrich moon bases. Swedish artist Mikael Genberg has a more modest goal: one, tiny, uninhabited lunar house by 2015.


Desert House Looks Like Mars Outpost Outside And Game Of Thrones Inside

The Desert House — designed by Ken Kellogg and located in the Joshua Tree National Park — looks like a retro futuristic science fiction set outside. Inside it is the kind of place I imagine as Khaleesi’s holiday home, where she goes to chill out with her dragons. I want to call this style space age medieval futurism.


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