this is amazing. Part houseboat and part private floating island, the so-called WaterPod sits somewhere between visionary green architecture and installation art project. Constructed of recycled wood, metal, plastic and cloth and designed to run on solar, wave and wind power, it is intended to become the ultimate off-the-grid, self-sufficient water-based housing unit.

Canadian studio Cargo Architecture used a restrained materials palette for this woodland vacation cottage, which has a swing seat and a wood store built into its facade.

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