Desert Shelter by Victor Sidy

This is one of the structures designed & built by residents at Taliesin West.

Live/ Work Shelter in the Arizona Desert. New steel and polycarbonate structure is superimposed upon the ‘artifact’ of concrete and stone, creating a dialouge between historic and contemporary forms. A grassy lawn cantilevers over a dry wash, further intensifying the contrast between the Natural and transient human intervention.” – Victor Sidy

See more of this Desert Shelter (1999) on Victor Sidy’s website.

Small Cinder Block Retreat

Without permanent power, the 450 s.f. structure is effectively heated by a wood stove. The cistern is currently filled by a water truck, with plans for a well to be dug in the future.” – Miller Hull

Source: Miller Hull – Marquand Retreat

215 Square Foot Off-Grid Concrete Solar Shelter

We realize this is not a house; but wouldn’t this 215 square foot concrete shell make a cool solar tiny house? See more at LJB.no and ArchDaily.

The main structure has the shape of a tilted cube and this creates a covered entrance for the services and at the same time offers a perfect south exposition for the solar cells integrated in the main window. The toilet is 100 % energy self-sufficient.” – ArchDaily

via Flotane / L J B | ArchDaily

Steve Areen’s $9,000 Thailand Dome Home

Steve Areen, a world traveler who has been visiting remote locations around the world, decided to put down a few roots in northeast Thailand. These roots grew into one of the most beautiful dome homes you may ever see. This work of art (that only cost $9,000 to build) sits in the middle of a mango farm that belongs to Steve’s friend Hajjar Gibran.” – Kent

See more of Steve Areen’s dome home in Thailand. Photos by Steve Areen.

Is This Swiss Alpine Cabin Concrete or Wood?

Unlike most cabins, this one is constructed almost entirely from concrete as opposed to wood. Located in the Swiss Alps near the city Chur, the cabin boasts an usual exterior façade that has been sculpted in such a way so as to mimic the appearance of wood from a distance.The compact retreat has been designed by Georg Nikisch and Selina Walder, is a stark contrast to the more tradition Swiss cabins, which are typically much larger and mainly constructed from wood.” – Niall

See and read more at Humble Homes…

A Potter’s Tiny House

As someone with a background in ceramics it always makes me happy to find another potter building a tiny house. Most people don’t know this but potters tend to be Jack & Jill’s of all trades because of the diverse set of skills needed to be a ceramic artist. This is totally evident in this concrete block dome house build by Alfred University graduate Peter Roberts.

A Potter’s House