The most solar-panelled, sustainable material-using, eco-friendly building can still leave an unnecessary environmental footprint. How? By forgetting to design the structure paperless. Engineers love to use paper, and an average residential structural engineer will use at least a ton of it every month.
The Smoky Park Supper Club, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is a recently built restaurant made of shipping containers. It was built using 19 recycled containers by the construction firm SG Blocks, and is apparently the largest shipping container building in the country.
The architecture firm LGA recently designed a new house in Toronto, Canada called the Bedford Park House. This home was designed and built in a sustainable way from the ground up. The home blends in with the neighborhood, and is spacious enough for a large family, all while being very green.
There is something so whimsical about treehouses and I for one would love to have one. Especially one as beautiful and sustainable as the Nest treehouse. It was recently build by the company ArtisTree for Cypress Valley Canopy Tours out of Texas, and it features the perfect blend of unique design, recycled and reclaimed materials and alternative energy. It also offers wildlife conservation since it will double as a butterfly sanctuary.
(Model: Aster, a tiny round home)
Deltec Homes introduces three new models to their line of high performance and net-zero homes, the Renew Collection. The new models include the Aster, an 861-square-foot tiny round home; the Chestnut, an Arts and Crafts-style home; and the Highland, a modern design.
Architect Leo Qvarsebo from Sweden recently built a family vacation home by mainly using recycled materials. The cabin is a modern reincarnation of the traditional A-frame cabin, and the architect likes to think of it as a “treehouse for adults.” And there’s certainly no denying that it’s a lot of fun.