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New Shipping Container Hostel Built in Vietnam

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This interesting cargotecture creation was recently completed by the company TAK Architects. It is a hostel located in the Vietnamese ocean resort town of Nha Trang and is comprised of a stack of three recycled shipping containers, which where painted in bright colors and contain family-sized and multi bed dormitory style rooms. (more…)

By |November 18th, 2016|Container Design|0 Comments

A Way to Recycle Non-Recyclable Plastic

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While a large percentage of plastic we use in everyday lives is recyclable, there are still those items that cannot be recycled. These include various potato chip and other quick snack bags, which are needless to say, quite abundant. However the company 3D Brooklyn, which offers 3D printing services, has come up with a great solution to this problem. They have partnered with Terracycle, and together they created a way to use this unrecyclable packaging as raw materials for their printers. (more…)

By |November 15th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Unique Tiny Lodge on Wheels

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Some people don’t want to make the leap to living tiny full-time, but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying the benefits of living small when it comes to vacation homes. Such is the case behind this unique tiny lodge, which was built for a ski-enthusiast couple. It was created by Maximus Extreme Living Solutions, and it’s designed so that it can be used in all types of climates, even very cold ones.

Apart from the interesting exterior, the so-called Tiny Ski Lodge also has a unique interior layout. It features an upstairs lounge and a hobby room that can be used for sewing and crafting. The lodge was built atop a 30 ft (9.1 m)-long triple axle trailer and measures just 240 sq ft (22.2 sq m) all told. The lodge is clad in pine and corrugated metal. It features lots of windows, including a porthole, which let in plenty of natural light. (more…)

By |November 15th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

A Home Made Out of Cardboard

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The Holland-based firm Fiction Factory have recently unveiled a modular home, which is built out of layered cardboard. While the latter is not quite the top choice of building material, the architects claim that the home will last for up to 100 years, which is quite a bold statement. The home is called Wikkelhouse (which translates to “wrapper house”) and due to the modular way of construction, it can be built in virtually any size the owner wants. (more…)

By |November 11th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Glamping in a Treehouse

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Glamping in the forests of Dorset, England just got a lot more comfortable thanks to the recently constructed Woodsman’s Treehouse. It’s available to rent, and has a number of luxury features including a sauna and hot tub. So it offers campers a way to camp out in the woods, without actually having to rough it.

The Woodsman’s Treehouse sits on stilts and is wrapped around an oak tree. It was designed by Guy Mallinson and architect Keith Brownlie of Brownlie, Ernst and Marks. It took them five months to construct it, and they used mostly locally available materials to do so. (more…)

By |November 9th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Van Converted Into a Multifunctional Tiny Home

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New Zealander John McElhiney recently converted a van into a tiny home, which is equipped for full time, off-the-grid living, and can actually be fully submerged underwater with the help of a snorkel-like add-on. He doesn’t live in it full time, but does spend a lot of time in it when he travels and explores.

He purchased the 1998 Mitsubishi Delica Starwagon already fully modified for expeditions and post-apocalyptic living about a year ago. He started his renovation of it by tearing out the rear seats to create a sleeping and living area. Next, he installed a custom-built piece of furniture, which includes a pull-out sink, a compact fridge, and a counter that can be stored inside the unit when not in use. All these utilities are accessible via the van’s rear door, and locked in place with a pin system when not in use. (more…)

By |November 7th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments