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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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Home That Blends Into Its Environment

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The architecture studio Reform from Poland is planning to build a very unique home in the woods. They’re calling the project Izabelin House, and a large portion of its exterior façade will be covered by mirrors, which sort of makes it look as though the upper floor of the home is just floating in midair in the forest.

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Innovative Off-The-Grid Mobile Home

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Gerhard Feldbacher, a designer from Austria, has just launched a small home, which can easily be moved around on a whim, though it is not a true mobile home. He’s calling his invention Simple Home, and it is designed to rest atop four legs which allows the home to be easily installed in the desired location without the need for hoists, cranes or other heavy machinery. And perhaps, best of all, the Simple Home can be taken off-the-grid.

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Energy Efficient Reclaimed Modern House

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A home that comes close to being Net Zero is highly sustainable just based on that alone, but Reclaimed Modern house designed by architecture firm Dwell Developments goes a step further, as it is also constructed from reclaimed wood, concrete and metal. It is located in the Columbia City area of Seattle, Washington.

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Modern House with a Very Small Footprint

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It’s getting harder and harder to find good-sized plots in popular areas around the globe, so it’s logical that savvy contractors and developers are finding solutions which take advantage of less-than-desirable plots of land. The architecture firm L3P Architekten recently completed House Vineyard in Dieseldorf, Switzerland, which has a tiny footprint, yet is still a cozy and modern dwelling.

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Unique Low Impact Treehouse

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The so-called Dom’Up is an innovative treehouse, which is easy to install, and has virtually no impact on the trees used to support it. It was created by Holland-based arborculturist Bruno de Grunne and architect Nicolas d’Ursel from the organization Trees and People. The treehouse can be used as an alternative to the classic treehouse, for glamping, or even as a treetop office, resort or even a cool restaurant.

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