Home Renovation Completed With the Help of Salvaged Materials

Awhile back, architect Rolf Bruggink from Utrecht, Holland purchased a property on which stood an old, 1950s office building, and a coach house built in 1895. He planned to renovated the latter into a home, so he first demolished the office building. He salvaged a lot of materials from this demolition though, and reused them in the home renovation.
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Rent an Earthship

Ever wonder what living in an Earthship home would be like? Well now you can rent one and find out. Terrasol is a mini-earthship, which was built as part of the eco-community called Terra Perma, and they are now renting it out. The community is located in Harrington, which is about two hours away from Montréal. As you probably already know, the Earthship home was first designed and built by US architect Michael Reynolds and it’s an easy to build home made out of rammed earth, recycled tires, and glass. The home utilizes passive solar heating to create a comfortable living environment. It also doesn’t require any special skills or equipment to built and is very sustainable. […]

Modern House Built Out of Repurposed Materials

Building on a triangle-shaped lot can be tricky, but the firm OOF! Architecture from Australia has found a great way to make it work. The so-called Acute House, which they recently completed in Melbourne is a great piece of modern design. It is wedge shaped and was partially constructed out of repurposed materials, which were left from the demolition of an old cottage that stood on the lot before. […]

Energy Harvesting Clothing No Longer Just a Dream

Soon, our clothing could harvest enough energy from the sun and from motion to power our gadgets. A team of researchers headed by Zhong Lin Wang, a professor at Georgia Tech, has managed to weave a new type of fabric that is created out of photoanodes, i.e. solar cells made from lightweight polymer fibers, and triboelectric nanogenerators, which can generate small amounts of electricity from motion. In other words this so-called “micro-cable power textile” is a fabric which has the ability to produce electricity.

This fabric was woven together with wool strands and has a thickness of only 320 micrometers. It is also highly flexible, breathable, lightweight, and can be adapted to a variety of uses. Needless to say, a fabric such as this would revolutionize charging devices in the field. […]

Garden Shed Office Clad in Cork

Working from home is becoming more and more the norm around the world, but when you actually do so from your house, it can quickly lead to the blurring of the lines between work and leisure time. Solutions such as working at a café or a co-working space are great, but so is building a dedicated shed in the garden, if you have one. The UK design firm Surman Weston came up with a simple, yet modern shed for this very purpose. It is clad in cork, and is used by a seamstress and her musician boyfriend. […]

Clever Transformation of a Small Apartment That Now Includes a Secret Kids’ Playroom

Living in small or even tiny apartments is the reality for many urban dwellers these days, and while such living arrangements can be ideal for singles and couples, having kids does pose a problem. But the Polish design firm Mode:lina Studio came up with a very clever solution to this conundrum in the case of artist and designer Maciej Kawecki. […]

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