Stone House in the Swiss Mountains Gets an Energy-Efficient Upgrade

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Located in the Swiss Mountains, this gorgeous 200-year-old home has received a variety of energy-efficient, sustainable upgrades by Savioz Fabrizzi Architects, who sought to maintain the home’s original beauty while achieving Swiss Minergie energy conservation standards.


By |May 21st, 2013|Modern design|0 Comments

Wood Pallet Facade Provides Shade and Ventilation to Parisian Student Housing

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When French architect Stephane Malka decided to provide AME-LOT, a Parisian student residence with additional shade and ventilation, he took an interesting and very ecological approach. The entire street front of the building is covered in hinged shipping pallets hinged together that transform and can be adjusted for changes in light, shade, and ventilation.


By |May 6th, 2013|Modern design|1 Comment

Bamboo Houses Float on Oil Drums to Protect Inhabitants During a Flood

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Every inch of land on the planet has climate factors that present challenges when it comes to building a safe home. H&P Architects hopes to alleviate the displacement of housing due to nature’s course, particularly the extensive loss of homes due to flooding in Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese design firm has created a disaster-resistant housing prototype that actually floats atop a base of oil drums when water levels get too high.


By |April 22nd, 2013|Modern design|3 Comments

Cantilevered Home Provides Extravagant Coastal Views in Nova Scotia


This cantilevered two-hull house by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects was designed for a family of four living in Nova Scotia. The steel-framed structure features a wooden exterior, and a geothermal in-floor hydronic system and extensive, high quality glazing that provides dramatic amounts of natural lighting and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.


By |April 14th, 2013|Modern design|0 Comments

FabCab’s Versatile 550 Square Foot Design

We’ve talked before about some of the stylish designs from FabCab, and today’s post is the first of three that will outline some of the newer, more versatile home designs. All FabCab home packages are pre-cut and ready to ship to most building sites, offering an easy way to get started on the low impact cottage of your dreams.

The first model is only 550 square feet, and one of the most versatile designs available. In most jurisdictions, this size fits within backyard cottage/accessory dwelling unit requirements, making it perfect to use as a small hunting cabin, guest bedroom, or cozy work studio.


By |April 14th, 2013|Modern design, Prefab|0 Comments

Tvzeb Studio Home is Zero-Energy, Insulates Itself Using 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Located in the wooded hills of Vicenza, Italy, this zero-energy studio uses all sorts of creative design strategies to produce its own energy and insulation. Geothermal power, solar power, and a Corten steel shell are some of most prominent factors in energy generation, but it’s the 40,000 recycled plastic bottles making up the wall and roof insulation that really make this Tvzeb studio stand out.


By |March 18th, 2013|Modern design|2 Comments