Mike Thomas bought 9 meter (30ft) concrete Latchingdon Water Tower that was falling apart in 2013 for £197,000. It is located 24 km (15 miles) from Chelmsford and boasts stunning views over the Crouch estuary in Essex. It took the new owner 2 years to transform the industrial structure that was built in the 1930s to luxury three bedroom home with an indoor gym. He spent nearly £250,000 on renovation. The two-year project saw the tower completely refurbished and it is now habitable for the first time since it was last used nearly 30 years ago.
The Bubble House (Le Palais Bulles) is the futuristic residence of fashion designer Pierre Cardin situated just outside of Cannes. The house was designed by famous architect Antti Lovag and built in 1984 and acquired by Pierre Cardin in 1992. This unusual residence of 1200 m2 has a 500-seat amphitheater, a reception room, a panoramic lounge, 10 suites as well as gardens and swimming pools. It is worth $456 million and is Europe's most expensive home.
Today more and more people prefer living in small spaces. This tendency becomes so popular that it is now called ‘the tiny house movement.’ It is the social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. If a typical American house is about 240 square meters (2,600 square feet), then the typical tiny house is between 10 and 40 square meters (100 and 400 square feet).
The stunning tiny cabin of 35 square meters (376 square feet) is located on the edge of the Åkrafjorden fjord in western Norway. It is accessible only on foot or horseback which means that it had to be entirely built with the materials found nearby. The stone and log cabin fits in perfectly causing minimal footprint on its surroundings.
South Harbour School in Copenhagen is a new public school which is also the winner of WAN Education Award 2016. JJW Architects, one of Denmark’s largest architectural firms, designed South Harbour with the understanding that schools are places not only for the learning process but also for social exchange. The idea behind this design is surprise, challenge and stimulate students, teachers and visitors when they move around the place and outdoors. Well, it sure looks good.