This crazy car-shaped house in Salzburg, Austria is surprisingly green. Homeowner and architect Markus Voglreiter built the AutoWohnhaus with a “3 liter” energy-efficient heating and insulation building system that drastically reduces energy consumption. Located in a suburban neighborhood, the exterior, which is just for show, is a bit out of place.
People in this glass houses shouldn’t thrown stones or else it will ruin their carefully constructed thermal envelope. This glass geodesic home was built by the Hjertefølger family over a hand-crafted cobb house. The super, low-impact materials are kept warm in the winter under the dome, and natural ventilation keeps things cool even in the summer.
The last ever Ellis Island Ferry boat was built in 1907 and now serves as an amazing home, studio and showroom for a couple in NYC. After a long and industrious career, the Yankee Ferry now sits on New York Harbor enjoying a quiet retirement. The historic renovation of the ferry into the home included an extensive reuse and refurbishment of some of the ferry’s original features. The owners also have their own garden on site and raise chickens there too.