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Tiny Storage Space Transformed Into a Comfortable Apartment

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With the apartment shortage in urban areas, coupled with the rising prices, it’s nice to see architectural solutions that make the most of tiny spaces. One such solution is certainly the recently completed renovation of a storage space into a comfortable apartment in Stockholm, Sweden by local architect Karin Matz.
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A Prefab Tiny House Retreat

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Vivood, a Spanish architecture group, designed a tiny prefabricated house of the same name, which can be assembled in only about nine hours. Once assembled, it can be used as a guesthouse, retreat, or even a tiny home. When ordered, the prefabricated Vivood comes in easy to assemble modular parts, which already have all the necessary plumbing and electrics installed.
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A Shipping Container Apartment Complex Soon in DC

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Photo: Travis Price Architects

Washington DC will soon get it’s very own apartment complex made of repurposed shipping containers. The complex will be located at 3305 Seventh Street. NE in Brookland. The firm Equity Group LLC is behind the project, which will involve turning an existing single family home into a three-story, four-unit shipping container apartment complex. Work has already begun, and the architects are confident the whole building will be finished by the end of August.
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Tiny Apartment Big Enough to Fit a Family of Three

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Downsizing is certainly one of the components of living sustainably. However, while living in a tiny house sounds good for a single person, many can’t envision a whole family living in one very small space. The Spanish architecture firm Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos recently renovated a tiny 269 square-foot (25 square-meter) apartment, turning it into a cozy living space for three without the occupants needing to sacrifice the comforts associated with a larger living space.
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Fuel Cells to Heat and Power Homes

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When looking into off-the-grid heating and power sources for the home, those interested might soon be getting a new option. The Dresden, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) has joined forces with the heater manufacturer Vaillant and together they have come up with a domestic fuel cell system, which uses natural gas to produce both heat and electricity.
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More Environmentally Friendly Solar Cells

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Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new solar cell that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as a collector of solar energy. This cheap and environmentally-friendly solar cell can therefore be made without any high-tech equipment or hazardous materials.
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