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Starchitect-Designed Off-Grid Private Island Paradise

If you've ever dreamed of owning a private island paradise, now could be your chance. The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has joined forces with high-end clothing firm Vollebak to design a self-sufficient off-the-grid island getaway near Nova Scotia, Canada, that will shortly be going up for auction to the highest bidder.

The so-called Vollebak Island measures 11 acres and is designed as a remarkable, private wilderness retreat. It will be centered around the 4 bedroom Earth House that will be partially built into the landscape. It will all be designed to function off-grid and be built from eco-friendly sustainable materials. It's all another classic example of BIG's 'Hedonistic Sustainability' concept.

All images credit: MIR/Vollebak

The Earth House will be complemented by the Wood House, a standalone two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence made from locally sourced wood and offering superb views with its generous glazing.

The buildings will all be powered by a combination of offshore wind, geothermal energy and solar power. Any surplus energy will be stored in Tesla Powerwalls, ensuring that the lights stay on even in poor weather.

Vollebak Island is due to be auctioned via Sotheby's Concierge Auctions. Bidding will open on June 8 and close on June 14. The winner will own the island and will be granted exclusive rights to the design, including planning permission, though will still need to pay for it all to be built. Robb Report estimates that the island, before any work commences, will sell for between $5m to $10m.


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