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Sliding Wall Makes This Tiny NYC Apartment Feel Much Larger

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A couple of weeks ago a tiny NYC apartment was transformed to make the most of the available space and provide very comfortable living for the owners. A sliding wall was used to make it possible to separate the living space from the sleeping space, making it easy to change the apartment’s functionality from daytime to nighttime activities.

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By |April 23rd, 2015|Modern design|1 Comment

Tent-Like Home in the Woods

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Tents are one of the oldest forms of shelter in the world, and architect Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP studio of Japan were inspired to recreate it in a more permanent way. The finished product is a weekend home for an eco-conscious couple and resembles a set of tipis erected under the canopies in a wooded area of the Nasu district of the Tochigi prefecture in Japan.

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By |April 22nd, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Tiny House Inspired by Japanese Minimalism

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Architect Todd Miller of Oregon Cottage Company recently designed this awesome Japanese architecture inspired tiny home. The client it was built for had grown up in Japan and wanted a home that resembled a traditional Japanese tearoom.

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By |April 21st, 2015|Modern design|7 Comments

Newark Soon to Get Shipping Container Apartment Complex

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The Newark, NJ-based Cor-10 Concepts LLC and the nonprofit organization Community Asset Preservation Corp. have partnered up to construct a three-unit apartment complex in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark ,which will be made out of recycled shipping containers.

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By |April 20th, 2015|Container Design|1 Comment

Shipping Container Farms

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Decommissioned shipping containers are proving very useful in architecture, as I’m sure everyone is aware of by now. But they have other uses as well, and one of them is using them as self-contained farms. It’s not entirely a new concept, but the firms Cropbox and Freight Farms have now both unveiled a shipping container farm which is a great way of solving the lack of space for organic and locally produced crops in densely populated areas, where available arable land is scarce. The shipping container farms they offer are actually completely self-contained farms.

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By |April 17th, 2015|Container Design|0 Comments

Passive Home Built Solely From Regenerative Materials

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Designer and builder Andrew Michler recently built a passive home for himself near Fort Collins, Colorado, which is made from either naturally regenerative or recyclable materials, and by using the Cradle to Cradle methodology. Despite the fact that this home is located in a very cold region, he also wanted to find a substitute for the plastic foam insulation, which is typically used in these cases. Foam plastic insulation has high embodied energy, is made with hazardous chemicals and is full of toxic flame retardants.

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By |April 16th, 2015|Passive House|1 Comment