Sunken greenhouse wraps home & feeds suburban antifragile coop

When Richard Weaver inherited 3 acres in the center of a golf-oriented community developed by his father in Bozeman, Montana, he bucked family tradition and tore out the grass to create a self-sufficient urban farm and underground greenhouse home.

He turned his father’s RV garage into an off-grid home relying on photovoltaics, rainwater and composting toilet. Attached to the home, he built a half-buried (6-feet-under) greenhouse (walipini) to use the earth’s heat to grow figs and fruits during the long Montana winters.

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Folding 18-sqm beach-flat sleeps 5, feeds 10 + cocktail terrace

To maximize an 18 square-meter apartment (194 square feet) for a family of 3, Angel Rico designed transforming furniture to accommodate dinner parties for 10, game nights for 7 and sleeping for 5. In the Catalan beach town of Coma-Ruga (70 km south of Barcelona), every square meter counts so Rico created all-in-one walls of furniture that pivot and unfold to change the use of the one-room depending on need: from living room to dining room to bedroom to game room, etc.

Even the bathroom is maximized: the “guest bedroom” (a lofted bed accessed by ladder) is now tucked above it and clothing closets are built into the door so the loo converts into a changing room when the door is closed.

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