Photographer Thomas Jorion has visited and recorded abandoned buildings around the world, including these astonishing villas in Northern Italy. The crumbling frescoes, elaborate tilework, grand staircases and peeling wallpaper give a glimpse into a decadent past.
Clearly, this is a picture of your dream bathroom (provided it has a really good radiant floor heating system). But look more closely and you'll notice something else: where's the roof? When I first saw this photo in my pinterest feed, I was very confused. Why would you built a space with opening and closing windows, but no roof? The answer is that the roof itself opens and closes, just like the windows, and this bathhouse is part of a entire home that is fascinatingly and endlessly adaptable. Let's take a closer look.
Get your design fix before Super Bowl Sunday by checking out the 6th Annual Austin Modern Home Tour on Saturday. Fifteen inspiring homes will be on the tour, with a special focus on sustainable design. It's also your chance to see (in person!) a couple of homes we've featured right here on Apartment Therapy.
Have you seen the inspiring structure that dutch architect Winy Maas has created for the town square in the center of Schijndel, a small town in the Netherlands? The glass facade of the mixed-use retail and office building presents an image of a traditional dutch farmhouse, printed using fritting technology, which allows huge amounts of natural light to flood the space.
"We're starting a family, so we had to move out of the city." You hear this all the time, and for one good reason: high housing prices mean there most often simply isn't space to raise a family in an affordable apartment in the city. That's decidedly not the case, though, for this family of four in 540 square feet (with a dining room hidden in the photo above — can you see it?).
As the January Cure progresses and organization and decluttering have taken center stage, I've begun dreaming of teeny, tiny homes! I'd love the challenge of doing an extreme edit of my belongings — but with a husband and three (soon to be four) boys, I won't be living in less than 200 square feet anytime soon. Still, I love small homes and their high level of efficiency — here are some of my favorites!
Last year, I had the huge honor of being a member of an Advisory Board to the Mayor for Bloomberg's adAPT micro unit project. Back in November, I met with my fellow board members and reviewed the finalists in the competition to help determine the design the city would move forward with. (Talk about a day to remember - it was all a bit of a dream come true for this design-obsessed editor.) Today, the Mayor announced the winning submission and the choice is a very interesting one. Super small and modular in construction, the 55 units will range from 250 to 370 square feet. Jump below for a look at one of the floor plans and a rendering of the interior...