Peacock Station Residence / Donald Reed Chandler

If you’re not quite ready to burrow all the way down into the ground in preparation for whatever may ensue in our volatile world in the coming days, weeks, and months, then consider the appeal of this under-ground but not-underground home in McLean, Virginia.

Designed by architect Donald Reed Chandler in 1977, this concrete-block residence is one of the first modern earth-roof and berm houses to be built in the country. While some earth-sheltered homes are built completely into the ground, bermed buildings are instead largely constructed above ground but are protected by dirt that’s been packed against the outside walls. Roofs can also be topped with soil and vegetation, like this one, for added protection and insulation.

But aside from its security features, the three-bedroom also boasts a wealth of remarkable architectural elements: Floor-to-ceiling windows, a massive beamed skylight, and fireplace in the great room, maple wood panelling, open-plan layout, large deck—all on 2.59 acres of rolling, wooded land. The property also includes plans to add a wing and additional footage. Located at 1001 Galium Court, it’s yours for $1,300,000 — via Curbed

1980 BMW R100 RS / Maria Motorcycles

This 1980-model BMW R100 RS was in need of complete salvation when it landed on Maria Motorcycles‘ workbench. Before they could turn it into the handsome machine you see here, they had to undo some nasty custom work — via Bike EXIF

Chi She / Archi-Union Architect

Chinese firm Archi-Union Architects has created a brick facade that seems to defy dimension, looking like some mysterious sci-fi force is ripping right through it.

Actually, the bricklaying part was done by robots, which were programmed to precisely position the pieces based on a computer-generated design. The result is an undulating, seemingly pixelated entrance that merges into a field of randomly perforated brickwork.

The interior is a bit more tame. The open-plan space under a wood ceiling and suspended lighting will be used for exhibitions, events, and workshops in the hip West Bund district of Shanghai, where a slew of old industrial buildings have been converted into galleries and cultural facilities — via Curbed

Art, Wildlife

Vernie / Moradavaga

Invited by Walk&Talk festival to participate in its 6th edition on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, Moradavaga took inspiration from the rich sea life that exists in and around the Atlantic archipelago to produce a site specific piece of interactive art. Influenced by the stunning landscapes and the mystic aura related to all that concerns whale hunting (in the past) and observation (in the present) our mind wandered through old tales like Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, and 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne, and the presence of sperm-whales along the Azores coasts led us to devise a character, Vernie the giant squid, that came from the depths of the ocean to serve as a communicative playful tool for passers-by of all ages at Portas do Mar in the city of Ponta Delgada — via Vimeo

Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph 3950 / IWC

A brand new entry in the Pilot’s collection, the Timezoner is IWC’s maiden attempt at integrating particularly user-friendly GMT/dual time zone complication into its collections.

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph 3950 is priced at $11,900 and comes on a black calfskin Santoni strap with folding clasp — via Hodinkee

Maison Bulle à Six Coques / Jean Maneval

One of the coolest prefab homes ever conceived, French architect Jean Maneval’s Bubble House comes off as futuristic today as it did when it was first introduced in the ‘60s. Its French name Maison Bulle à Six Coques (literally Six-Shell Bubble House) aptly captures the prefab dwelling’s bulbous appearance, formed by six fibreglass modules that combine into one roughly 32 square metre residence, wherein the living, dining, kitchen, and resting areas are all connected into one open space. When production ceased in 1970, only 30 Bubble Houses had been manufactured, one of which now rests in splendid condition in eastern France.

As detailed in a recent feature on AD España, design collector and dealer Patrice Chevreux acquired the mossy abode (Bubble Houses came in white, brown, and green to match natural surroundings) from Parisian gallery Jousse Entreprise and furnished it in a modernism-on-holiday vibe—in other words, minimal yet fun — via Curbed

El Cerrito Avenue Residence / Bob Steiner

This glass-walled mid century beauty was built by prominent Bay Area architect Bob Steiner in 1958 and has been put on the market for the first time in 58 years by the original owners. Located between Silicon Valley and San Francisco in the town of Hillsborough, the 250 square-metre, single-story, flat-top features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, parquet floors, wood panelling, and extensive full-height glazing.

The home perches on a creek-side setting, with its entire back wall of floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a stilted deck and greenery beyond it, which provides the open-plan living, dining, and family rooms a gorgeous view. The spacious bedrooms also have large windows, and carpeted floors bestow cosiness.

Though the residence appears to have been carefully maintained, the home boasts contemporary finishes such as white-washed walls and steel kitchen appliances, but many period details remain including the kitchen cabinetry and mirrored bathroom storage. The property, located at 739 El Cerrito Avenue, comes with a pool and asks $2,995,000 — via Curbed

Black Rhino Calf / Howletts Wild Animal Park

Keepers and staff at Howletts Wild Animal Park, in the UK, have been celebrating the birth of a delightful female Black Rhino.

The tiny calf, born on 16 October, has been bonding with her mother in their heated stable, whilst the dedicated keeper team monitors her progress — via ZooBorns

Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design

Singapore based Wallflower Architecture + Design were asked by their client to design a luxurious, tropical, contemporary family home. The home owners are also owners of a construction company and by building it themselves, they would use the house to showcase their professional capabilities — via CONTEMPORIST

Martis, Olana Drive / sagemodern

sagemodern have designed this contemporary home nestled between the trees along side a golf course in Truckee, California — via CONTEMPORIST

Orbis Terrarum Special Edition Great Britain / Montblanc

Montblanc has decided to make just five pieces based on the 4810 Orbis Terrarum (not to be confused with the earlier Spirit Orbis Terrarum), with a small twist: a Union Jack flag signaling the daytime hours on the day/night disc indicator.

The Montblanc Orbis Terrarum Special Edition Great Britain will be available for £5,600, which is a $980 premium over the non-limited 4810 Orbis Terrarum — via Hodinkee

Maison Pic / Georges Lacaze

This distinctive raised property (it sits on stilts) was designed between 1956 and 1959 by the architect Georges Lacaze alongside his partner John Paul Pic. It has been a listed historic monument in France since 2008.

The architecture is special, but so is the location too. You will find this house in Bergerac, which is essentially a gateway to the Dordogne for many UK travellers, thanks to budget airlines using the airport there. When you fly in (or out), you can see some wonderful houses on the edge of Bergerac too, presumably this one included.

Something of a modernist dream. If it happens to be your dream, the property is on the market for €722,000 — via WowHaus

Lounge Chair in Twill / Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic Lounge Chair, one of the most ubiquitous and replicated mid century designs, is coming back with a twist. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the design, Vitra will release the armchair — along with its equally famous ottoman sidekick — in a new black twill fabric instead of the traditional black leather. This version will be available for just three months, from this November through January 2017. Vitra’s hope with this upholstery update is to create a cosy softness and inviting warmth — via Curbed

Dust Storm / Dust Custom Motorcycles

The look is more British than Bavarian, thanks to an expert makeover by Stephen Bentley. Stephen builds bikes on commission as Dust Custom Motorcycles, out of a shack at the back in Lancashire. But this particular bike was a personal project — via Bike EXIF

Returning Hut / FM.X Interior Design

FM.X Interior Design designed Returning Hut in Fujian, China — via ArchDaily

Stuart Richardson House / Frank Lloyd Wright

A new Frank Lloyd Wright home has come on the market, this time in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Wright designed the Stuart Richardson House in 1941 for an actuary and his wife following his concept of Usonian architecture. Constructed ten years later under his guidance (and meticulously restored to purists’s standards in 2006), the 167 square-metre three-bedroom features a unique hexagonal floor plan that leaves all but two of the residence’s angles measuring either 60 or 120 degrees. In fact, large, deep red hexagon-shaped tiles make up all the floors in the home.

The brick house also boasts extensive cypress panelling and woodwork, most noticeably on the ceilings, where boards meet at chevron-like angles, drawing the eye toward various points of the house. Triangle skylights and patterned clerestory windows puncture the flat roof line, while floor-to-ceiling windows throughout usher the outdoors in. A pool and original built-in furniture and storage round out this unique property. Located at 63 Chestnut Hill Place, it’s asking $995,000 — via Curbed

Sumatran Tiger Cubs / ZSL London Zoo

Sumatran Tiger cubs were born 27 June to mum, Melati, and dad, Jae Jae at ZSL London Zoo. Keepers note that Achilles is darker in comparison to his sister Karis, and he also has thicker markings. According to the Zoo, Achilles very much takes after dad Jae Jae, with a chilled-out personality and wide face, and young Karis is defined as her mother’s daughter, with narrow features and feisty character — via  ZooBorns

Scottsdale Residence / Bing Hu

This futuristic house in Scottsdale, Arizona is certainly out there, calling to mind, perhaps, the Googie-inspired world of The Jetsons, or the slick, slimy interiors of the Alien movie franchise. Designed by famous local architect Bing Hu in 1998, the six-bedroom, 929 square-metre (launch) pad incorporates an unrestrained combination of textures, materials, and colour in a way that manages to create a cohesive, if eccentric, look. In short, it’s an exuberant home.

From the cinder-block-like exterior trimmed in weathered steel, to gleaming black floor tiles, corrugated metal ceiling panels, dark wooden built-ins, all the way to the mottle-painted walls, each surface is endowed with a little extra. Even the stainless steel kitchen appliances wanted in on the action—their patinas are scribbled and scratched. Still, artwork and bold furniture are able to stand out, despite the cacophony of visuals defining the house.

But it becomes clear that the property is merely trying to keep up with the incredible mountain and desert landscape surrounding it. In fact, the entire dining and kitchen area open up to establish a seamless indoor-outdoor connection with a vast fireplaced veranda, while floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and large windows throughout the residence frame natural vistas. Located 11452 E Salero Drive, it’s asking $3,488,000 — via Curbed

1770 Micromegas Revolution / Manufacture Royale

Manufacture Royale, an independent watchmaker based in Switzerland’s famous Vallée de Joux region, has unveiled a new complicated timepiece that features a double flying tourbillon, with two different rotation speeds.

The 1770 Micromegas Revolution has a regulator dial with a separate hour display located between 1 and 2 o’clock on the dial. The hours are printed in blue and a large blued Sword-shaped hand (similar to the hands on other Manufacture Royale pieces) indicates the current hour. Minutes are indicated by a skeletonized rotating disk, just below and to the left of the hour subdial. The upper left of the dial is dominated by the micro-rotor, which is steel on the titanium case and rose gold for the rose gold case — via Professional Watches

Stone Castle / Rogers, Ohio

As good as any modern castle is, it’s difficult to pretend that you’re really a medieval king when you can look out your window and see all the adjacent definitively non-castle houses. Not so, with this five-bedroom keep in Rogers, Ohio. The concrete-floored residence, which includes custom tile, an antique chandelier, and a Rapunzel Like Window, is just about as secluded as an American castle can be in this day and age.

Usually, when a property isn’t selling, price cuts happen incrementally. Not so with this one, which saw its asking price slashed last week from $1.25 million to $349,500. The sellers appear to be, in the parlance of real estate agents, very motivated here — via Curbed

Lydia C Edmands House / Arthur and Alfred Heineman

It’s time for another Arts and Crafts-era gem from Pasadena, California. This time, the hot new item on the market is an 1917 residence blending the quaint appeal of an English Cotswold cottage with the detailed, creative expression of Craftsman homes. Designed and built by brothers Arthur and Alfred Heineman for a wealthy widow, Lydia C Edmands, the six-bedroom house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

From the rolled-roof edges to the arched storybook front door to the interior’s beautiful wood paneling, staircase, and large Batchelder fireplace, the 587-square-metre home dazzles with architectural details — via Curbed

3132 Hollyridge Drive / Hollywood Hills, California

Millions of tourists descend upon LA every year, many no doubt hoping to catch a glimpse of the glittering Hollywood sign way up in the hills. But at this lovely 1957 home on a semi-private road, you’d get a fantastic view of the landmark right in your backyard.

The house itself is a handsome, compact 1,270 square feet sitting behind a gated entry. The three-bedroom post-and-beam has been restored to dazzling effect, with glass walls wrapping around the main level, which contains the open living and dining areas, two airy en-suite bedrooms, the kitchen, and a small office. Another en-suite guest bedroom is on a lower level. Though the lot is just 0.21 acres, it’s relatively flat and comes complete with a deck and pool — via Curbed

BMW R100RC Mono / Oil Stain Garage

The BMW R100 RS made waves when it first launched. Sports tourers were a new concept, and the RS topped the charts with its wind tunnel-tested fairing.

These days, you’re more likely find an RS fairing in a plastic bin than on the streets. While it had a contemporary — almost futuristic — look back in the day, it’s the first thing that most builders rip off their old boxers.

Unless they’re Luka Cimolini — a graphic designer who knows just how to massage the RS fairing into something more appealing. This is his second R100 RC (Reise Custom) build, and it’s even more intriguing than the first — via Bike EXIF

Penelope / Tatiana Blass

Made from a combination of tangled and woven red wool, Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass‘ installation, Penelope, flows inside and out of the Chapel of Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil.

The installation was inspired by the Greek myth of Penelope, who was Odysseus’ wife in Homer’s Odyssey. In the story, Penelope weaves and destroys a burial shroud for her husband, in a tribute to the power of love and to weaving — via ArchDaily

Nautilus House / Shelter Island, New York

Sitting on 2.3 acres on Shelter Island, an scenic escape east of Long Island, this restored 1972 home was built in the shape of a nautilus shell and makes the most of it with custom interior furnishings. The 135-square-metre home was originally designed for a fashion designer, but in recent years, has been under the careful stewardship of a New York City-based artist.

Inside, beautiful wood ceilings with exposed beams soar over a curved sunken living room with built-in seating, as well as a curved kitchen with custom double-sided cabinets and concrete counters. All of these main living areas, including the elevated dining area, have views out to the verdant lawns and saltwater gunite pool outside. The property also overlooks a pond replete with wildlife — via Curbed


Bush Dog Pups / Chester Zoo

Two litters of bush dog pups, born at Chester Zoo, have begun to venture outside for the first time. The first litter, consisting of five pups, was discovered on 11 August after keepers heard tiny squeals coming from their den. A second set then arrived just over a month later (16 September) but, with a possibility that some pups may still be tucked up in underground burrows, keepers are yet to determine exactly how many make up litter number two — via Youtube

Cafe Racer NR 09 / Wrench Kings

This Honda CMX450 Rebel belongs to Steven, who owns a carpentry company in The Netherlands. Four years ago, he took the bike to a frame-building specialist and asked for a hardtail bobber. The frame was made, but then the builder disappeared. Steven was left with a half-finished bike that started rusting away in his garage. So he took it to the village of Bilthoven, home to Bram, Joost and Guido of the Wrench Kings — via Bike EXIF

Windmill House / Stone, Carpenter and Wilson

Dating back to 1886, this picturesque shingled compound on the southeastern tip of Rhode Island once had a working windmill, which would be the octagonal turret you see on the main house. Designed by Providence architects, Stone, Carpenter, and Wilson, the five-bedroom main house impressively wraps regular living spaces right around the turret, separated only by a series of exposed beams and columns.

On the market for the first time since it was built, the Windmill House is all about flowing spaces that offer idyllic ocean views. This is especially true for the ground floor living and dining areas and the atmospheric bedroom at the top of the tower with 180-degree vistas out to the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the home, you’ll also find a number of Bas-relief sculptures and inscriptions by Rhode Island-born American artist Sydney Burleigh, who was a close friend of the family — via Curbed

Stone House Farm / Mendham, New Jersey

As historic as they come, this rambling colonial in Mendham, New Jersey dates from before the Revolutionary War and was built by the Cooper family in 1736 on 500 acres of farmland. Originally called the Bank House then later known as the Stone House Farm, the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home now resides on over five and a half acres and has been meticulously restored by its current owner.

Featuring an abundance of stunning, original details, the homestead boasts wide-plank oak and pine floors, hand-hewn beams, stone walls and floors, antique reclaimed English oak panelling, multiple fireplaces, crown moulding, antique French boiserie in the breakfast room, and so much more. The property also includes a library, pub room, guest suite, and extensive opportunities for outdoor enjoyment like perennial gardens, patios, two barns, and a pond. Located at 6 Stone House Road, it’s asking $1,295,000 — via Curbed

African Wild Dog Pups / Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo recently announced the arrival of eleven African Wild Dog pups. The pups were born 25 August 2016, and they are the second litter for breeding pair Kimanda (female) and Guban (male), who produced their first litter in late 2014 — via ZooBorns

Tanera Mòr / Scotland

Let’s be real: The whole point of having a few million dollars to spare is to wield them at critical times like this, when a dreamy Scottish island covering 307.6 hectares goes on sale for a reasonable £1.95 million. Besides an incredible cost-per-square-foot figure, you get a bunch of restored stone houses ready for permanent or holiday stays, broadband internet, self-sustaining electricity and freshwater treatment systems, and, of course, breathtaking Summer Isles views — via Curbed

Midcentury Modern Property / Quincy, Illinois

This three-bedroom house measures a generous 196 square metres and features the low profile, post-and-beam construction of midcentury architecture, as well as extensive glazing, wood panelling, use of mixed materials on the exterior, and an open layout. According to the brief listing, though the home has been restored, its wool carpet and cork flooring are original and in pristine condition. The kitchen and its cabinetry appear to be period as well. Located at 3001 Lincoln Hill NE in a city on the Mississippi River in Western Illinois, it’s asking an incredible $179,900 — via Curbed


You want to stop people from turning to divisive figures who peddle hatred? Ensure they have a decent standard of living, writes former treasurer Wayne Swan.

Far from history being over, it seems like the battle of ideas has only just begun. The election of Donald Trump, the UK’s exit from the European Union and the rise of nationalist parties such as the National Front in France, the AFD in Germany and of course, One Nation and their fellow-travellers in the Liberal and National parties in Australia have completely shattered the notion that support for trickle-down economics, particularly labour market deregulation and discriminatory trade agreements, is settled in Western democracy. Indeed, recent events suggest that a majority of voters have been stewing in ominous silence for the past two decades as their countries were transformed without their consent.

But while Brexit and Trump provide a stinging rebuke to major parties that cling to the trickle-down agenda in the US and the UK, the Australian experience has, so far at least, been more inclusive. While Australia can learn a number of lessons from what is happening overseas, our closest allies can learn some important lessons from us as well.

The first lesson is that rising inequality is the major threat to economic growth in developed countries. Unless economic policy is aimed at securing inclusive growth that delivers benefits to those outside the 1% it is now clear that a majority of voters will block that reform. The thing that now scares the working class the most is a bigger dose of free-market capitalism.

The second lesson for all politicians is that voters no longer fear the wrath of the markets if they refuse to swallow the bitter pill of trickle-down tax and trade policies. The idea that the cure for unemployment, poverty and regional decline is another dose of trade agreements and tax cuts is dead. Working-class voters now fear the medicine of neoliberal reform more than they fear the problem of slow growth — via

Obituary: Leonard Cohen

Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has died aged 82.

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.

It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away, the statement said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.

It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen, Mr Trudeau said in a statement.

He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations — via