Metheny Modular Green Wedge House

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This is the Wedge House or Metheny Residence, which was designed by Studio B and built by BuildSense.  You wouldn't know it just by looking, but the home gets its prominent wedge roof by resting on top of three, factory-built modules — naturally, one module on one side and two on the other.  The 1,829 square foot house was designed with an efficient envelope using 2×6 wall framing and high performance doors and windows.  But before even getting to that, the architect made sure to properly orient the place and provide shade with friendly overhangs. 

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CitizenM Modern Prefab Pod Hotels

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This is the first citizenM hotel near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.  Designed by Dutch design firm Concrete Architectural Associates, the hotel is made with prefabricated pods (or rooms) built in citizenM's own production facility.  The rooms have been prefabricated not only to reduce construction waste and save time, but they're also built this way to provide a consistent room experience to guests.  So when guests walk into a room, not only do they get a tightly designed and constructed space, but they get one that's full of geeky tech. 

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Biomimicry Inspired Cactus Building

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Just last week, DesignBoom brought us news of this cactus-inspired design for the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture building in Doha, Qatar.  It's a fascinating example of biomimicry — the skin of one of the hardiest plants of the desert is applied to the design of the facade of a desert building — with hundreds of smart shades that open and close depending on the strength of the sun.  

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Wall Flats Eco-friendly 3d Wallpaper

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Once voted Product of the Year by Interior Design Magazine, Wall Flats offer a super modern and green alternative to wallpaper.  This 3D product is made from 100% bamboo pulp, is chemical-free, and 100% biodegradable.

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Earl's Montesilo House on the River

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This smart home is not overtly green — there's no certification or anything like that, but the home has received recognition for it's unique design.  Located in Woodland, Utah, next to the Provo River, Earl's Montesilo House was built with a south orientation to capture solar heat gain during the winter.  During the summer, the second floor balcony acts as a sort of overhand to shade the interior.  The 1800 sf home comprises two, linked, corrugated silos, and features what Gigaplex Architects call "bed-in-a-box;" the box has stereo sound and a flat screen monitor.  I imagine it's peaceful living on the river like this …

[+] Tour Montesilo on Youtube.

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