THE BOND SHELTER

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LIVING LIKE JAMES BOND

The NEXT Living. Unique shelter for the nomads who refuse to be tied down. The next Living-Style : Off-Grid Living.

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Designed by French naval architect Jean-Michel Duacancelle, the Anthénea is a fully autonomous fiberglass pod complete with a rooftop bar, solarium and expansive glass bottom which affords epic underwater views. Equipped with five solar panels, six powerful batteries with the ability to recharge from the pontoon, plus a generating set that takes over if the level of energy gets too low—the ingenious condo promises true off-the-grid bliss. The Anthénea boasts three separate living areas: an expansive lounge room, a bedroom featuring a circular bed and sizeable tub, and a relaxation area on the rooftop which accommodates 12. Moreover, the interior was designed by French fashion mogul Pierre Cardin and built entirely from eco-friendly materials, making it both sustainable and stylish. The pod is also steeped in cinematic history: It’s based off the deep-sea citadel and laboratory “Atlantis” which belonged to James Bond’s aquatic archrival Karl Stomberg in the 1977 classic The Spy Who Loved Me. There’s currently one pod floating off the coast of France, but if you’re keen to live like a supervillain in your very oceanic lair you can purchase the Anthénea for $480,000.


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This brutalist structure on the precipice of Denmark’s coastline is another abode with a blockbuster background: Designed by Studio Viktor Sørless, The Dune House was inspired by Roman Polanski’s thriller The Ghost Writerand just like that 128-minute film expresses a spinetingling potency. The cross-shaped home is touted as a sustainable summer residence that responds to the four cardinal directions—north, south, east and west—utilizing light to create a suitably cinematic atmosphere. The spaces morph and change throughout the day depending on the hour and the degree of sunlight beaming through to the interior. Floor-to-ceiling windows afford uninterrupted views of the Danish seascape and the surrounding undulating hills, while the minimalist interior feels very art-gallery chic. Although the one-off commission is still in construction, it hints to futuristic residences we can expect in the coming years: A Dune House situated on Alaska’s coastline, perhaps?


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These ultra-stylish prefab structures, designed by Estonian architecture firm Kodasema, promise “minimalist luxury in a spaciously sustainable house.” There are four different models available: the Koda Concrete, Koda Light, Koda Light Extended and Koda Light Float which, as its moniker implies, can comfortably dwell on the seven seas. Though they may be small in square footage, the Koda homes are big on design: The cubes are solar-powered, have sleek finishes—concrete or wood paneling depending on the specific type—chic lofted living areas, well-appointed kitchens and bathrooms, comfortable bedrooms and twee terraces that are shaded by a concrete canopy. There’s even an option to create a rooftop garden or second unit atop Koda’s roof. What’s more, the easily transportable structure can be built one day and installed the next—like the IKEA version of a tiny home—all you need is a plot of land (or water) and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, Koda homes are not yet available in North America, but Kodesema is currently looking for distribution partners and say they’ll be Stateside soon.

THE NO FOOTPRINT HOUSE

THE NO FOOTPRINT HOUSE

Designed by A-01, an interdisciplinary bureau for urban and rural development, The No Footprint House is a performative structure that responds to the climate, utilizing natural ventilation and solar shading to create a comfortable and sustainable home. Basically, those expressive wooden panels actually have a purpose: they can move according to the amount of sunlight and regulate the temperature within the dynamic abode. But the eco-friendly touches don’t stop there, the floating structure harvests energy from rooftop solar panels to allow for off-grid nomadic living. The home comes in three different sizes—tiny (100 square feet), mid-size (265 square feet) and family (328 square feet)—and can be transported in one single truck. Everything from the wood used on the façade to the finishes on the walls and floors can be customized for each client. The open-air layout features a combined living and dining area, two bathrooms, two bedrooms and a multifunctional terrace, and each space can be divided either by glass sliders or “curtain walls” to create further flow. The first prototype was developed amid the tropical heat of Costa Rica—where climate control is a necessity—and will now move into serial production.