Living Sustainably in a Dumpster


Dr. Jeff Wilson of the Huston-Tillotson University in Texas has embarked on a very unique and special experiment. He has transformed a dumpster into a home and plans to live in it for a full year, so that he can learn as much as he can about sustainable living. The experiment is called the Dumpster Project and its main aim is a hands-on study of how much space a person actually needs to live.

By |December 18th, 2014|Container Design|0 Comments

Innovative New Passive House Prefab


Sonya Newenhouse, the founder of the green consulting company, Madison Environmental, is putting theory into practice through building the so-called NewenHouse, which is a prefab sustainable, passive house. The home is also Passivhaus certified. According to her, the house is superinsulated, furnace-free and functions well even in cold climates.

By |December 17th, 2014|Prefab|0 Comments

5 Awesome Off-The-Grid Shipping Container Homes

Shipping container architecture is a great way to build a sustainable home, but many architects and homeowners are also going a step further, and using these building blocks to build truly off-the-grid homes. The main advantages of such homes are the ability to place them virtually anywhere, minimizing the footprint and lowering the monthly costs to virtually zero. Below are 5 examples of shipping container homes, which feature a variety of great technologies and methods to make them self-sustaining.

1. Wisconsin Off-The-Grid Home


By |December 16th, 2014|Container Design|4 Comments

Michigan Soon To Get Its First Shipping Container Home


A shipping container home is going up in Royal Oak, Michigan. According to the builder, ModEco Development, this is likely the first home made of recycled shipping containers in Michigan. Passersby are showing great interest in the home, some even taking pictures, and so far the community support for the project seems to be a given.

By |December 15th, 2014|Container Design|6 Comments

Paris Apartment Successfully Pushes the Limits of Living Tiny


The recent renovation of a maid’s quarters into a fully-equipped tiny apartment in Paris, France is downright ingenious. The architects of Kitoko Studio were able to equip a tiny 86 square foot (8 square meter) room into a full apartment that doesn’t even feel cramped.

By |December 11th, 2014|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Very Interesting Tiny Home


This unique and very pink tiny home, called Vila Hermina is located in the town of town of Černín in the Czech Republic. It was designed by the firm HSH Architekti, which unfortunately no longer exists. The home was inspired by architect Ludwig Leo’s Versuchsanstalt fur Wasserbau und Schiffbau building.

By |December 9th, 2014|Modern design|0 Comments