Digital home by Krista Kim

This week a virtual house sold for over $500,000

This week on Dezeen, the "first NFT digital house in the world" sold for over $500,000 as global interest in virtual design continued.

Named Mars House, the colourful virtual home designed by Krista Kim was sold on NFT marketplace SuperRare for 288 Ether ($512,000), a cryptocurrency similar to Bitcoin.

However, following the sale, a dispute broke out between the artist and visualiser over the ownership of the artwork with 3D-modeller Mateo Sanz Pedemonte claiming the project was "a fraud".

Virtual garage for LeBron James' electric Hummer
Kelly Wearstler imagines virtual garage for LeBron James' electric Hummer

As interest in virtual design continued, American interior designer Kelly Wearstler revealed a virtual garage in the desert that she imagines housing basketball player LeBron James' electric Hummer.

Meanwhile, designer Marc Thorpe visualised a virtual house with vaulted concrete arches for a riverbank in Georgia.

Dezeen Club
Dezeen announces plans for first Dezeen Club event at a virtual rooftop bar

Dezeen announced that we will be hosting a social evening in a virtual rooftop bar to discuss the rise of the metaverse with Space Popular, Andrés Reisinger, Amber Jae Slooten and Charlotte Taylor.

The virtual discussion will be the first Dezeen Club event.

Fogo Natural Park Headquarters,
Architecture highlights in Western Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahel

This week saw the launch of Dom Publishers' Sub-Saharan Africa Architectural Guide, which covers the history and significant buildings of 49 countries in Africa.

As part of a collaboration with Dezeen, the guide's editors picked their architectural highlights from Cabo Verde, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal and Niger.

ER Residence by Studio Hallett Ike
Don't Move, Improve! 2021 shortlist spotlights London's best house renovations

In London, the shortlist for this year's Don't Move, Improve! contest – an annual competition to find the best home renovations in the capital – was revealed.

The 22-project strong shortlist included a minimalist charred-wood extension, a garden studio wrapped in green terrazzo and an origami-inspired annexe.

Wine cave by Clayton Korte
Clayton Korte embeds hidden wine cave into Texas hillside

Popular projects this week included a wine cellar embedded in a hillside in Texas, a Jewellery Box extension to a London home and the refurbishment of a weathered log cabin in Connecticut.

This week's lookbook focused on stylish home-working spaces.

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