Shortly after World War 2 the French architect Jean Prouvé designed the so-called demountable house, which was to be used as temporary housing for all those who lost their homes during the war. Eight hundred of these houses were ordered at the time, and they were so easy to assemble that it took just one day to build the house and make it inhabitable. The original homes did not have a kitchen or bathroom though. […]
Ibuku, a team of designers and builders headed by Elora Hardy in Bali make houses out of bamboo, one of the most sustainable, versatile and strongest materials available. While bamboo is a great building material on all fronts it is challenging to work with, which is why so few builders use it. Ibuku seems to have found the answer though. […]
Shipping container architecture is sweeping the world and capturing the imagination of individuals looking to build their home, business trying to revamp their headquarters, and everyone in between. Below you will find a few great examples of shipping container buildings designed in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, sustainable and functional.
1. Ingenious Shipping Container Office in Tokyo, Japan
The company Dyson has come up with an efficient LED bulb, which they claim can last 37 years. Apparently this innovation comes down to the much better cooling technology that they have developed which greatly extends the lifespan of the bulbs. […]
About two years ago, Canadian couple Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives were stuck in the proverbial rat race, working long hours to make ends meet and be able to support their traditional lifestyle. At one point they asked themselves why they’re doing it though, and their answer involved selling their house, converting a van into a home, and using it to explore the US and Canada in their new house. […]
Isabella Mori of Vancouver, BC recently moved into her brand new tiny home. The move was spurned by the rising rents in Vancouver. Builder John McFarlane of Camera Buildings did a great job designing and constructing this home. All told, the home cost around US$31,000 to build. It’s great how its boxy shape enabled the designer to make the most of the available space.