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5 Futuristic, Luxurious Bathtubs that Will Spice Up Bathtime

Posted by on Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Luxury Bathtub

Custom aquariums aren’t the only way to bring luxurious aquatic art into your home. Have you ever thought about giving your bathroom a major makeover by installing a state-of-the-art bathtub? These bizarre bathtubs are sure to add some sexiness, excitement, and fun to your daily bathing routine! Continue reading…

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The 5 Weirdest Boats Ever Made

Posted by on Monday, November 4th, 2013

Hot Dog Boat

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A boat is a boat, right? Well, not exactly. You’d be amazed by how weird they can get! This list takes a look at 5 of the weirdest boat ideas ever imagined. Continue reading…

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Is This Floating Spherical Home a Glimpse of the Future?

Posted by on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Floating house

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I’ve seen (and written about) virtually every floating house design imaginable, from the humble Exbury Egg to the massive Project Venus. There’s one pervasive trend that I’ve noticed in just about every design: aquatic architects tend to care about form more than function. Continue reading…

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Eggcelent Craftsmanship and Aquascaping Inspiration with the Beautiful Exbury Egg

Posted by on Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Exbury Egg

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I’m the type of guy who adores minimalism. I’ll take big open spaces over clutter any day of the week, I usually think that the best type of art object is no art object at all, and I tend to avoid over-complication. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Stephen Turner, the designer of Exbury Egg, shares my love of simplicity and minimalism. Continue reading…

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Live in a Giant Sea Shell with the Breathtaking Nautilus House

Posted by on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Nautilus House

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants!

Yep. That’s pretty weird, but it’s what you’d expect from a children’s cartoon. I always thought it was strange that SpongeBob lived in a pineapple, of all things. Why would he live in something that’s from dry land when he’s at the bottom of the ocean?

Nautilus House Bathroom

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Who knows — maybe he’s onto something. Under that logic, maybe we humans should try building homes out of things from the bottom of the ocean. I can’t attest as to whether or not SpongeBob SquarePants was the inspiration, but that’s exactly what Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica did with his Nautilus House.

The house mimics the flowing shapes of the nautilus, with its inward spiral and white-brown color scheme. The designers created these odd shapes with a technique called ferrocement constructio. The builders used steel-reinforced chicken wire to create the desired shape, and then they covered the wire in a two-inch-thick layer of concrete. Whammo blammo — concrete walls in whatever shape you want. Walls made this technique have the added benefits of being maintenance-free and earthquake-proof — a handy feature considering that the home is built in Mexico City.

Nautilus House Bedroom

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The description on the website reads (after being filtered through Google Translate), “When entering from the outside, go up a staircase and into the Nautilus passed through a large stained glass window. There is generated a spatial experience living a journey sequence, wherein neither the walls or floor or ceiling are parallel. It is a three-dimensional fluid space where you can feel the continuous dynamic of the fourth dimension, spiral walking on the steps, with the sensation of floating on vegetation.”

Grass Carpets

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Floating on vegetation? Is that a terrible mistranslation? Nope — once inside, you’ll find a series of stone pathways flanked by a grass carpet. Skylights dot the home to provide all of the natural light that the inhabitants and the carpet could ever need. Altogether, it gives the home a beautifully organic feel. You’re living inside of a massive shell, the floor itself is alive, and you can eschew electronic lights in favor of natural sunlight. Even the furniture replicates the curving shapes of biological organisms!

Living Room

Image source: Arquitecturaorganica.com

Hopefully, the Nautilus House will show you just how flexible aquatic architecture can truly be. There are many different ways to bring the beauty of an ocean or a lake into your home. You could do it with a waterfall, an aquarium, a pond, or simply by designing a home that replicates the shapes of the deep blue sea.

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High on Stilts, the Hind House Proves that Weird is Beautiful

Posted by on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Hind House

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Some owners have a lot of trouble with basements that flood during rainy seasons. Underground leaks can be a major headache which can lead to dangerous mold, ruined stored items, and expensive repair bills. Continue reading…

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Find Inspiration From These Stunning Backyard Aquascapes

Posted by on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Outside Aquascape

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The greatest thing about aquatic architecture is its versatility. You can add water to literally any living space, in any home on planet Earth. Today we’re going to highlight the beauty and incredible versatility of aquatic art by demonstrating how just a little bit of H2O can completely transform a backyard. Continue reading…

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Could You Live in this Wind Turbine Home?

Posted by on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Morphocode Wind Turbine

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Some people love sleeping with a fan blowing. The white noise drowns out a lot of the other sound from the environment, and the constant wind will help keep the room nice and cool so that you can snuggle up under layers of comfy covers. If you’re a fan-lover, then how would you feel about living your life atop a giant wind turbine out in the middle of the ocean? Continue reading…

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How to Bring Nature Indoors with a Stunning Custom Waterwall

Posted by on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Lobby Waterfall by Okeanos Aquascaping

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I’m heading off to Niagara Falls tomorrow! The three waterfalls that compose Niagara Falls may not be the tallest waterfalls on Earth, but they’re definitely the wettest. Niagara trumps every other waterfall by far when it comes to water flow and volume, boasting a flow rate close to 70,000 cubic feet per second. You’ll find people gathered around Niagara Falls every day of the year because, to put it fsimply, people adore waterfalls. It’s really hard to capture mankind’s adoration for waterfalls and translate it into words. Waterfalls create beautiful movement, calming sounds, and they give us feelings of health and vitality. We try to replicate these features as best we can in fountains and manmade waterfalls, but unfortunately it’s not very practical to install a 100-foot waterfall in your living room. Continue reading…

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When Flat is Hip: Slender Geometry from Tokyo’s House K

Posted by on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

House K in Tokyo

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One of my primary goals is to tear down your preconceptions about aquatic architecture and highlight the near-endless possibilities. One of the most difficult traditions to break through is the shape of an aquarium. The vast majority of home aquariums are either TV-sized rectangular boxes, or spherical fish bowls. There isn’t anything wrong with these two aquarium shapes, per say – it’s just that these aren’t one-size-fits-all tanks. If you want a truly beautiful piece of aquatic art, then you should refuse compromise and dream up a truly unique aquarium that fits the aesthetic of your living space and your personality. Continue reading…