Real-Life Hobbit Homes To Make Your Inner Nerd Squeal In Delight

August 15, 2014

J.R.R Tolkien, architect of all things fantastical, describes a hobbit home as follows: ”In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” And as these photos show, Tolkien fans have taken his description to heart, recreating their own homes to emulate the simple and cozy digs of one of history’s most beloved set of fictional characters.

One lifelong “Hobbit” fan who wanted to channel that love into physical reality ended up hiring Peter Archer, an architect who constructed his own take on the Hobbit lifestyle for his client in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Archer had no prior knowledge of Tolkien’s works before starting on this project, which his client uses as a museum for his J.R.R. Tolkien collection – one that has taken him over 30 years to amass.

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Amazing Pyramids That Aren’t From Egypt

August 13, 2014
Meroe Pyramids Sunset

The Meroe Pyramids at dusk Source: 500PX

When most people think of pyramids, their minds instantly go to Egypt. After all, all of the most famous pyramids are located there. However, Egypt does not corner the market completely. These ancient structures have been built all over the world and there are some astonishing examples that can be found in Asia, America and even Europe.

Amazing Pyramids: Nubian Pyramids

Amazing Pyramids Sudan Meroe

Pyramids of Meroe Source: World All Details

For starters, we aren’t traveling very far from Egypt. In fact, we are just visiting its southern neighbor, Sudan. Back when this region was known as Nubia, it was ruled over by the Kingdom of Kush. While the Kushite Kingdoms ruled, they centered their capital in three different locations: Kerma, Napata and Meroe. They’ve also built pyramids in each area.

Amazing Pyramids Sudan Kurru

Pyramids at the cemetery of el-Kurru Source: Narmar

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Expert Designers Convert Former Nazi Lookout Into Beautiful Water Tower Home

August 9, 2014
Water Tower Home Outside

Source: Home Dsgn

Looking at the seemingly spacious interior of this unique home located on a flat of land just outside Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, it’s difficult to imagine that in its former life, the cozy abode was a 75 year old water tower. The guy behind the switch is Bham Design Studio’s own Mauro Brigham. What was once a Nazi watchtower has been completely renovated; concrete columns repaired, brick joints removed, and windows enlarged. It is now a picture perfect, high tech modern living space that boasts all the amenities of a typical house, featuring many of the best finishes money can buy.

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Hive-Inn City Farm Revolutionizes Urban Farming

July 26, 2014

If you thought farming was best done in the country, you haven’t seen the Hive-Inn City Farm designs. These proposed designs are for a modular, modern farming structure to be erected in none other than the concrete jungle of New York City. Created by the visionaries at OVA Studio Limited, the Hive-Inn City Farm draws heavily on designs from the Hive-Inn hotel, in which shipping containers are stacked upon one another to create a highly versatile, aesthetically appealing building.


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This Plankton House Is About To Revolutionize Our World

July 12, 2014
Plankton House Cocoon Fs

The cocoon Source: Contemporist

Believe it or not, plankton is about to change your life. Meet Cocoon_FS: the world’s first featherweight, phytoplankton inspired, thunderstorm-proof, floating and prefabricated structure. The game changing invention’s self-supporting shell is composed of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP), and the entire structure weighs just over 1,500 pounds, making it easy to move from place to place.

Plankton House Cocoon Fs From Above

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Plankton House Materials

Materials used in the Cocoon Source: Jan Ruben

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5 Of The World’s Best Modern Home Designs

July 5, 2014
Modern Homes Monterrey

Source: AEC Cafe

Modern Homes: House in Monterrey, Mexico

Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando this Mexican abode clearly highlights Ando’s inspiration, the Buddhist concept of Zen. Ando’s architectural style evokes simplicity and centers itself around internal feelings as opposed to external appearance. This explains, at least in part, Ando’s use of simple lines and vast amounts of water.

Modern Homes Monterrey Deck

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