It’s no secret that climate change is on the rise. Many years down the road, long after the polar ice caps have really started to melt and there’s less viable land available for living purposes, mankind will likely turn to the seas for alternatives. But one design studio nestled in the heart of the Netherlands has already begun its mission to create aquatic urban architecture that utilizes liquid as a solid foundation.
In life, we sometimes come across people who excel at most everything, and Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most incredible examples. Talented artist, ingenious inventor and revolutionary scientist are just some of the titles the great Da Vinci held during his 67-year long life. And while Da Vinci lived a handful of centuries before we were even thought of, it is many of his forward-thinking prototypes that have provided the foundation for the most innovative inventions in recent memory.
Forever fascinated by the possibility of flight, Da Vinci spent much of his time thinking up ways to get mankind in the air–and perhaps more importantly, how to get them back down safely. Eventually, he came up with the first-ever parachute; a wooden pyramid structure draped with a piece of cloth that would slow down a person’s terminal velocity as they fell to earth. As Da Vinci himself wrote, it allowed man to “throw himself down from any great height without suffering any injury.”
When designer Till Koenneker moved into a new apartment with no available storage, he conceived a brilliant solution: the Living Cube. One part living space and one part storage unit, the Living Cube provides ample room for clothes and entertainment storage while featuring space on top for a bedroom. The result is a beautifully constructed multi-functional, space-saving cube:
Located above the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on Columbia Street, the home of renowned author and one-time New York mayoral candidate Norman Mailer is a fourth floor walk up in a 25-foot wide townhouse. Redesigned in the 1970′s with a focus on the nautical, the home has the look and feel of a ship, complete with a hammock, a trapeze swing dangling from the ceiling and a rope ladder.
Traversing the three-story home requires climbing ladders and narrow stairs while access to the writer’s office requires braving a narrow gangplank. With a terrace overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, Mailer’s home is privy to some of the best views in New York City, making the $2.5 million asking price almost reasonable:
A four-walled testament to the peculiarities of hoarding and mania, the “House on the Rock” is a tourist attraction located in Spring Green, Wisconsin. In a moment of explosive creativity–or dejected architectural aggression– Alex Jordan Jr. broke ground on a 60 foot chunk of rock to create a Japanese-style home. Seven years later, Jordan and his crew opened the bizarre building’s doors to paying visitors. Today, the house features 21 bizarre rooms on exhibit.
Despite its deceiving name, Oktoberfest begins in late September and lasts for a whopping 16 days. Celebrating the oh-so fine brews from Bavaria, over six million people are slated to attend this year’s Oktoberfest–marking the 180th anniversary of the event. Despite emptying much of their wallets (a mug will cost you around $13), patrons will likely end up packing on quite a few barley-induced pounds. For those of us who don’t have the means to jet off to Munich, The Atlantic’s photo essay almost makes us feel as if we’ve got foam on our upper lips.