Tag Archive for Curiosities

Life unplugged – zero impact retreat

© Photo by Hermithouses.nl

Spending your holidays with a zero impact is a growing need and grows in popularity nowadays. This also counts for the wish for using mobile holiday cabins that can be moved, armed and disarmed easily. Two Dutch designers Daniël Venneman and Mark van der Net created the so called ‘Hermit houses’ providing a romantic and…

Compose your own nondisposable phone

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Nowadays many articles are being made with the idea that they are all disposable. When one part of your device is broken you can better throw it away entirely instead of replacing the broken part. Repair often is much more expensive than buying a complete new device. The result is an increasing and necessary amount…

Dutch transformer bridge

© Photo by Erik Tjallinks

The Slauerhoffbrug or ‘flying’ drawbridge, an automated bascule bridge in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, is part infrastructure, part Transformer. Built in 2000 to more speedily accommodate the intermix of road and water traffic, the drawbridge is equipped with a structural arm powered by hydraulic cylinders that whisks a 15mX15m square of asphalt road up…

Futuristic water jet capsule

© Photo by Jet Capsule S.r.l.

Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini developed in collaboration with Luca Solla an egg-shaped boat that features a powerboat hull constructed entirely from fiberglass and also stainless steel handrails. The fun water craft measures 7.5 meters and is powered by a 325-hp Yanmar diesel with a Hamilton water jet – allowing propulsion speeds of up to 25…

Cabin on wheels – the ultimate road trip vehicle

© photo by Justin Evidon

“Sometimes the best plan is not to have one” Architect Hank Butitta had planned for many years to make his own kind of impact on the tiny housing movement. Where permit and cost restrictions created boundaries, Butitta broke through with a bit of old fashioned American ingenuity. Hank bought a bus– and he gutted and…

Medicine man on Wheels

© Photo by Iyeza Express

For the elderly in the poor and remote South African villages, it is often very difficult to obtain medications. But often from difficulties creative initiatives are being born and luckily in this case too. A boy from Cape Town - Sizwe Nzima - decided to do something about the lack of medicines and founded a transport company.…

Powerful electronic tuk tuk

© photo by TukTukFactory.com

Many enthusiast entrepreneurs are hitting the road with their own small mobile (food or drink) shop and many of them use practical small vehicles and an even small number use electric cars. One of the most well known tiny vehicles for street vending or low profile transportation is definitely the tuk tuk. When most people…

Dream Big – Portrait made from Rubik’s Cubes

© Photo by Pete Fecteau

American designer Pete Fecteau constructed a huge portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. called “Dream Big“. This isn’t an ordinary portrait but a very unusual one because has been created using 4,242 officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes. Measuring 5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm and weighing 454kg, this artistic endeavor was possible due to Kickstarter.com, where the…

Camp inside an art piece

Dream of a Closet is an upscaled closet that one can sleep in. Based on an 17th century, Dutch ‘kuif-kast’ the shape is reinterpreted and enlarged to form an entire room.

All over the globe there are many intriguing and special camp sites and hotels to spend your holiday and now another very special one can be added to your wish list: The Urban Campsite. This camp site offers more than just an accommodation, it offers the unique possibility to sleep in a art piece. Visitors can…