Thanks to a wooden foundation covered in mirrors, the Mima Light Floating House appears to levitate above the ground on which it sits. Its modular design keeps environmental impact to a minimum, and allows for installation in a variety of spots where traditional building methods would be difficult. The interior is outfitted with wooden panels on the floor, walls, and ceiling, high-end fixtures, and a minimal bath and kitchen, while the exterior is clad in a combination of aluminum and laminated glass. Available in 9m and 12m varieties, but sadly for those of us in the States, only in the EU.
The Fitzroy is a High Line gem clad in green terra cotta and copper-clad oak with 14 homes that rival any high-end hotel. Designed by Roman & Williams, the same firm behind the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and the Ace Hotel New York, the homes range in size from two to five bedrooms, and each has details like chevron oak floors, 11' ceilings, north and south exposures, custom kitchens with integrated appliances and marble countertops, and bathrooms with copper soaking tubs, steam showers, and slab marble walls and floors. In addition, each has access to its own secure wine locker, storage room, the fitness center, the rooftop lounge, and children's art studio.
Modern architecture on wheels. That's what the Escape Vista Mobile Cabin delivers. Available in 25- or 27-foot versions, it includes all the essentials — a bed, combination refrigerator/freezer, sink, storage, shower, toilet, and even washer and dryer — in a compact 160 sq. ft. space. The exterior is clad in vertical cedar siding and trim with steel accents and protective panels, while the interior has Aspen walls and trim. It sits on a robust steel trailer, uses standard RV hook-ups for utilities, and can be outfitted with options like solar power, obscured glass windows for added privacy, and on-board water tanks.