An Interesting Example of Shipping Container Architecture

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The so-called RDP House, recently completed in Quito, Ecuador, is a great example of unique and interesting ways in which shipping containers can be used to build modern, sustainable homes. It was designed by architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero. (more…)

By |January 19th, 2017|Container Design|0 Comments

Tallest Modular Tower Completed in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn, NY, or more precisely 461 Dean Street, is now the site of the tallest modular tower in the world according to the company that built it. It’s also apparently the only modular tower of its kind in the world. It was designed by the firm SHoP Architects, and envisioned by project developer Forest City Ratner Companies. They also expect the building to be awarded the LEED Silver certification. (more…)

By |January 6th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Innovative Solution to Fight Homelessness in San Francisco

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The problem of homelessness is a real issue across the globe, and providing adequate housing solutions for these poor people is a very demanding task. San Francisco might soon get an innovative solution to the problem though, in the form of modular housing units designed and built by the local company Panoramic Interests. These so-called MicroPADs (Prefabricated Affordable Dwellings) are modular, stackable self-contained units.

Each MicroPAD measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m) and features a kitchenette, a sleeping area, and a bathroom. The units have a steel shell and a good amount of glazing which makes them appear more spacious than they are. They also have 9 ft (2.7 m)-high ceilings, which also prevents them from appearing too cramped. The kitchenette is well-sized, while the bathroom features a shower and toilet. There is also a bed, a good amount of storage space, and a desk. It is also possible to adapt the basic layout so that the units are easily accessible by the disabled. (more…)

By |January 5th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Flood-Proof Home

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The UK (and I’m sure many other countries) is facing the problem of having areas of land that can’t be developed for housing because they are in a flood prone area. However, the proposed Elevating House could solve this problem. It is basically a house that can be raised on stilts when a flood comes. Sounds simple enough.

Elevating House was designed by the company Larkfleet Group. It is a three-bedroom family home and its design is very similar to other homes found across the UK. But what sets it apart drastically is the mechanical jacking system, which allows it to be raised 5 ft (1.5 m) off the ground. The system is comprised of a motor, a gearbox, and drive shafts, and is capable of lifting 72 tons (65 UK tonnes) in just 5 minutes. The home will also feature a modular steel-frame design, making it easy to disassemble and reassemble elsewhere atop a traditional foundation. (more…)

By |December 26th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Clever Small Apartment Transformation

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It’s been awhile since we covered small apartment living, but this one deserves a mention. The apartment is located in Bordeaux, France and the renovation was carried out by architect Elodie Gaschard of Atelier Miel and Michaël Martins Alfonso.

The apartment measures only 484 square feet (45 sq m), and the architects first created a series of storage solutions, and built-in furniture pieces, with the aim of getting rid of the clutter, which so often plagues small spaces. They also designed a clever transformer piece of furniture, which allows for the space to be sub-divided in a meaningful way, while still connecting the separate areas of the apartment. (more…)

By |December 22nd, 2016|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Easy to Build DIY Tiny Home

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Those wishing to downsize to a tiny home can either purchase such a home from a firm specializing in building them, or build one themselves. And the latter just got easier thanks to plans provided by the firm Portland Alternative Dwellings (PAD). The plans are for building a so-called Bunk Box, and they created them in collaboration with Shelter Wise. (more…)

By |December 14th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments