Taking it to the extreme


here are some more really extreme eco homes, maybe a bit too much dedication, but we still love them..

Firstly The Nautilus House. Completed in 2006 by architect Javier Sensonian of Arquitectura Orgánica. Sensonian practices what he calls “bio-architecture,” and has designed buildings shaped like snakes, whales and other living things. The Nautilus was built for a young family that wanted something that felt more integrated with nature, and it is filled with lush vegetation. The front door blends into the colorful mosaic façade.

It took 15 years for the designer Robert Bruno to build The Steel House. The unique home is perched on a bluff near Lubbock, Texas, and minimizes disruption to the area by resting on top of four skinny legs. Steel is long lasting and highly recyclable, so green builders have been giving it a second look in recent years, especially for roofing.

London-based dRRM Architects created the Sliding House in Suffolk, England. This unique dwelling is designed to be flexible, allowing the owners to take advantage of fluctuations in light and temperature, maximizing energy savings through passive heating and cooling. The 20-ton outer shell can be retracted in six minutes, revealing an inner layer that’s mostly glass.

The space age Bubble Dream Castle in southern France, near Cannes, was begun in 1975 by Antti Lovag. Inside the livable sculpture resembles a set from vintage Star Trek, but with more light, since the windows are designed to take advantage of Mediterranean sun. One of the goals of the visionary designer was to unify the home with its natural surrounding, by bringing outdoor elements inside. Today, the complex boasts 10 suites decorated by different artists, a reception hall seating 350, an outdoor auditorium and a massive garden.

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