Perfect Tents for Off-grid Glamping

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Camping has its charms, but a lot of people do prefer a bit more comfort when vacationing. The latter will be happy to learn that architect Harry Gesner recently designed a very unique alternative to a regular tent for the Denver, Colorado start-up Autonomous Tents. His creation is a comfortable, off-the-grid tent-like structure, which could make anyone fall in love with camping all over again. (more…)

By |February 23rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Expandable Tiny Home

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The main reason why tiny homes are often criticized is because they are so small. Well, the tiny home company Zero Squared from Canada has come up with an interesting solution. Their Aurora model is a mobile tiny home, which can be expanded at the push of a button much like most modern RVs do. This makes it both fully mobile, and more spacious than most other tiny homes on the market.

When folded up, the Aurora measures 8.5 ft (2.6 m) in width, which makes it perfectly road-worthy. But at the push of a button, the two longer sides expand out, giving it a width of 15 ft (4.6 m) and a total living area of 337 sq ft (31 sq m) which is quite roomy. These two extensions are operated with electric motors. (more…)

By |February 22nd, 2017|Modern design|1 Comment

Toyota Building a Hydrogen Powered Utopia

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Toyota is a carmaker, but they are also one of the top providers of prefab homes in Japan. They have recently created their first hydrogen car called Mirai, and have now announced plans to build a community of hydrogen powered homes. To do so, they have obtained the rights to H2PIA from the Danish team who first came up with the concept of such a sustainable community. (more…)

By |February 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Cabin That Brings You Closer to Nature

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Cabins and vacation homes in general serve the purpose of bringing us closer to nature, something that most of us still yearn for. And this glass cabin, recently completed by the Dutch firm 2by4-architects, offers just that. It is located in built Loosdrechtse Plas, a region of Holland filled with picturesque lakes.

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The cabin measures only 215 square feet, since local regulations mandated it to be the same size as the structure it was built to replace. In an effort to make it appear larger, as well as to bring the inhabitants closer to the nature surrounding it, the cabin’s eastern and western side is completely glazed. The rest of the façade is clad with charred wood siding. The glass walls also let in plenty of natural light and maximize solar heat gain.

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The cabin also features a unique moveable wall that together with the glazing leads to the complete removal of one of the cabin’s walls. This truly blurs the line between the interior and exterior spaces. It is achieved by completely opening one of the glass facades so that the wooden outdoor terrace actually becomes part of the interior space. The wooden façade can also be folded down, which offers wraparound views of the surrounding landscape. This also forms a deck over the lake next to which the cabin was built, forming an easy way for the inhabitants to access the water.

The interior was kept simple and functional. It’s all just one room, and features a small kitchen, toilet and shower, which are integrated into a double wall. There is also a suspended wood stove, which can be rotated to heat both the interior and the deck.

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The cabin has already become quite famous, and with good reason, so the firm is planning to design a cheaper, prefab version that will be easy to construct.

By |February 17th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Oddly Shaped Home Stands on One Leg

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This truly odd home is located in Prague, Czech Republic and was designed by the firm Šépka architekti. It was built on a steep slope among trees and is called House in the Orchard. It’s raised off the ground, supported by a concrete stilt, while the living quarters are shaped a lot like a pear. The unique shape and design were chosen to cut down on building costs. The home also quite possibly has the smallest footprint we’ve seen for a good while. (more…)

By |February 15th, 2017|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Accidental Creation of a New Material That can Capture Water from Air

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Some of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries happened by accident and now there’s another one to add to the list. A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has accidently created a material that can capture water from the humidity in the air. They were trying to create magnetic nanowires and failed, but this new material they created is even more promising.

The material is made of carbon-rich nanorods, which they observed began oozing water whenever the humidity in the specimen holder ranged from 50 to 80 percent. They vigorously tested the findings, and discovered that the nanorods absorb water in low humidity and release it as water vapor when the humidity is high. The researches describe this material as behaving much like a sponge, in the sense that it is capable of wringing itself out halfway before it’s fully saturated with water. (more…)

By |February 14th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments