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Tiny Tubular Hotel Built in Three Months

This place was inspired by Dasparkhotel, an innovative hotel in Austria built with recycled concrete tubular rooms.  Pictures of the place have been floating around the internet in the last few weeks.  It’s called TuboHotel, and it’s located 45 minutes south of Mexico City.  Each TuboHotel room includes a queen bed, desk light, fan, and under-bed storage.

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Musician’s Dwelling is Practically Modern

There’s some great green homes in Portland, including this one, the Musician’s Dwelling, which was included on the Build It Green! Home Tour in 2010.  Musician’s Dwelling was built through a collaboration between Departure Design and Hammer & Hand — like this ultra-efficient ADU — although the architect-owner assisted with this home.  Owners Connie and Morgan Curtis envisioned this as a place to make music and share art.

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Modern FSC Pieces by JH2 OneTreeHome

There’s a beautiful collection of sustainable furniture called JH2 OneTreeHome that launched at ICFF earlier this year. Founded by John Houshmand and Jack Donenfeld, New York-based JH2 OneTreeHome offers beds, benches, coffee tables, side tables, consoles, dining tables, and desks — all made with a blend of glass, steel, and wood, FSC-certified Nanciton and Cedro Macho, from Nicaragua.  In fact, some of this wood comes from trees felled during Hurricane Felix in 2007. Prices vary by item.

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Inhabit Offers New Eco-Friendly Wall Flats

Inhabit makes a line of 3D wall flats from bagasse, a fiber that’s left over after juice is removed from sugarcane.  The wall flats are popular and the styles are contemporary.  There’s also a few more designs that were added to the line in June, including Luna, Hive, and Drift flats shown in this article.  Inhabit says the flats are non-toxic and biodegradable.  A box of wall flats [$] costs $86 and includes 10 tiles covering up to 22.5 square feet.

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Efficient Modern Studio in the Woods

This tiny modern studio is sited on a woodsy lot in Slough, UK. It was designed and built by in.it studios and has about 400 square feet (37 square meters) with a lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. The company told us in an email that they prefabricated the studio with a high-performance wall, roof, and floor assembly and an exterior of cedar cladding.

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Solar-Powered Shed for a Colorado Artist

Gail Siegel is a full-time jeweler specializing in precious metals.  She uses fire in her work and needed some extra space to do.  After weighing the various options — renting a space, buying a larger home, building a backyard shed — she decided to install a Studio Shed with solar power from Denver-based SolSource.

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