This is the VertiWalk by ROMBOUT Frieling lab, a vertical walking system that helps those with disabilities, such as progressive MS, to “vertically walk” up the stairs, but it’s not automatic. This allows individuals to maintain their independence at home by being able to safely maneuver between floors while still getting exercise, having a sense of gratification, and keeping one’s quality of life intact.
This is an octagonal house in Northern Italy that rotates 360 degrees –in both directions and it chases the sun with its solar panels while offering amazing sunrises and sunsets as well as stunning views. The structure is balanced on a central pillar and has a steel frame, with walls made of wooden strips, and insulation panels of hemp and wood fiber.
This is the next-gen floating house by Miami-based Arkup that promotes “avant-garde life on the water.” Equipped with electric propulsion and four hydraulic spuds, Arkup’s houseboat can actually lift itself out of the water – thanks to its customized self-lifting barge and it’s totally stable at anchor.
Brooklyn SolarWorks is a leading urban-residential solar system design and installation provider in New York with over 800 systems installed. The pioneering company is most known for its celebrated innovation, the patented, award-winning Brooklyn Solar Canopy that has raised solar panels to accommodate the most challenging townhome roofs and make them “solar viable and livable.”
These are the Wessex Lifts, stairlift alternatives that smoothly operate through the floor. They’re designed and manufactured by UK-based Wessex Lift Co. These life-changing lifts are easy to install and they are in the same price range as some stairlifts.
This is the Bloomframe, a modern, multi-purpose window that transforms into a balcony within just 55 seconds. From Amsterdam to Paris and New York, you can give an urban apartment in a beautiful high-rise building a stunning outdoor space and potentially add value to your property and square-footage – well sort of!
These are custom-made “container homes” that can also be used as a business or a pop-up shop. With an emphasis on off-grid and eco-sustainability in its construction, these containers also have opulent interior and exterior offerings. They are designed, built, customized, and installed by Australia’s leading Container Build Group.
This is a Wikkelhouse by Amsterdam-based Fiction Factory, a sustainable, eco-friendly mini-house with a contemporary design made out of 24 layers of cardboard that’s securely glued together. Considered a “flexible concept,” the Wikkelhouse is customizable and can be built in just one day – and can include glass facades or just be a closed design.
This is the Eclettica, a folding spiral staircase that merges modernity with efficiency designed by Italian furniture company B PIÙ s.r.l. It looks like a vertical, towering chest drawer or a bookcase, but it’s really a hidden spiral staircase. It’s the new concept of a spiral staircase that takes traditional architecture to new heights – literally.
Polish architecture firm, KWK Promes developed a modern, airy and unassuming home on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland that actually transforms into a maximum-security concrete fortress – with just a push of a button. Complete with a drawbridge, sliding exterior walls, and an aluminum gate that rolls down (and doubles as a movie screen), this is a state-of-the-art “safe house” in the sleepy countryside.