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Passive House Worth Noting

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Lansdowne Drive is a passive house that was recently built in London by the firm Tectonics Architects. It’s certainly passive house architecture at its best, and a great example of modern architecture to boot.

The house was built on a very small lot, so they put the lower level half underground to make the most of the available space. Even so, the home only measures 1011 sq ft. The kitchen and living area are located on the upper floor, and this part of the home features large windows that let in plenty of light and offer great views. The lower level houses the entrance, bedrooms and bathrooms. (more…)

By |January 25th, 2017|Passive House|0 Comments

Shipping Container Home Made for Two

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Shipping container architecture is not getting as much press as it once did, but people are still repurposing cargo containers to build inexpensive and often times very cozy homes. While living in a metal box is certainly not everyone’s idea of the ideal home, there are many advantages to this type of architecture, and it’s up to the individual to decide whether it’s right for them. Perhaps this well designed home by the firm Revival Designs will convince someone of the benefits.

It is called the Intellectual Tiny Home and was created using a standard recycled 40 ft (12 m)-long shipping container. It has a total floorspace of 320 sq ft (29.7 sq m), which is divided up between the living area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The exterior was left in pretty much the original condition, but they did add a few rows of cedar shelving, which the occupants can use to grow their own green wall which will further aid in insulation. (more…)

By |January 24th, 2017|Container Design|0 Comments

Iconic British Phone Booths Turned into Office Pods

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The red telephone booths are as much a staple of Great Britain as anything else is. They were first designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott back in 1935, and of the 60,000 that were built in the span of nearly a century, about 11,000 are still standing. The need for them has declined dramatically due to the rise in popularity of cell phones. However, the New York-based firm Bar Works is now planning on converting them into co-working offices.

Bar Works has already seen success with this so-called Pod Works program elsewhere, which is why they decided to bring it to London, Leeds and Edinburgh now. The project will involve the converting of the 3-square-foot phone booths into tiny offices, which will all be equipped with a desk and chair, as well as a printer/scanner, a 25-inch monitor, a powerbank of plugs, WiFi, and even a hot drinks machine. (more…)

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

All-In-One Bed

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Transformer, multifunctional furniture is truly a wonderful invention, especially when it aids the effort of trying to downsize or making the most out of living in small spaces. It’s also great when it comes to furnishing children’s bedroom’s since it adapts to their ever-changing needs as they grow. The so-called Nook Bed, created by Spanish designer Carlos Tiscar is a great example of such a transformer piece of furniture. (more…)

By |January 21st, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

An Interesting Example of Shipping Container Architecture

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The so-called RDP House, recently completed in Quito, Ecuador, is a great example of unique and interesting ways in which shipping containers can be used to build modern, sustainable homes. It was designed by architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero. (more…)

By |January 19th, 2017|Container Design|0 Comments

Quaint Tiny Home Built in a Gooseneck Trailer

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Gooseneck trailers are something of a favorite when building mobile tiny homes, since they have extra space above the truck bed, which comes in quite handy when designing a cozy and comfortable home. They’re also safer to tow, which makes them a better choice for anyone hauling their home from place to place. A great example of how all these advantages can be used to create a unique and comfortable home is this lovely tiny house, which was built by Ken, an employee at MitchCraft, a tiny home builder in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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The home measures 32 ft in length and has a curved roof, a sizable living area, and a bedroom with plenty of headroom, which is accessible by a set of three steps that can also be used as storage space. One of the best features of this tiny home has got to be the sitting area, which features a cozy futon, a recliner and a table, and looks a lot like the living room of a much larger house.

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The kitchen is located across from the main entrance, along one of the longer sides of the trailer. It’s fitted with am RV-style propane powered oven and stove, a small fridge and even a washing machine. The counter space is rudimentary, but still large enough to make food preparation an enjoyable experience.

The bathroom is fitted with a sink, shower and a composting toilet. The sleeping area is big enough for a twin bed, with a clothes storage area to the side. If the latter was moved somewhere else, a larger bed could easily fit into this space.

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All in all, the home looks a lot like a cozy studio, and not so much like a tiny home. Though a few skylights, or perhaps larger windows would make this an even cooler home. It is currently for sale for $80,000.

By |January 18th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments