Dezeen's review of the year: August 2013

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Man ordered to remove fake mountain villa on top of Chinese tower

Comedy skyscraper stories dominated August, when a Spanish residential tower was reportedly built without a working elevator and a Chinese businessman made himself a home resembling a fake mountain on top of a Beijing housing block (pictured).

Billionaire's Hyperloop supersonic transport system
Billionaire reveals Hyperloop supersonic transport system

Futuristic transport

Billionaire technology tycoon Elon Musk revealed designs for a supersonic Hyperloop transport system to link Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 30 minutes.

Test flights approved for world's first practical jetpack
Test flights approved for world's first practical jetpack

For those not so keen on public transport, test flights were approved for the world's first practical jetpack.

Sydney House by Fearns Studio
Sydney House by Fearns Studio

Most popular

On top in August was a house in Bondi, Sydney, composed of long brick and wood volumes extending down a narrow plot.

Casa Klotz by Mathias Klotz photographed by Roland Halbe
Casa Klotz by Mathias Klotz photographed by Roland Halbe

Roland Halbe's photographs of a rural beach house in Chile featured in our second most popular post.

Live Between Buildings by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann
Live Between Buildings by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann

A concept for narrow apartments that fill tiny gaps between existing buildings was next.

House in Nishimikuni by Arbol Design
House in Nishimikuni by Arbol Design

In fourth place, a home in Osaka with a garden snaking between its cedar-clad walls.

Staithe End by Henry Goss Architects
Staithe End by Henry Goss Architects

Hyper-realistic computer renderings showing a forthcoming concrete and glass house in England also made the top five.

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