Beach House Clad in Cork

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Cork is an often overlooked insulating material, even though it is a great choice for the job, since it’s completely renewable. In the renovation of this 1920s beach house in Essex, UK they used it for cladding and it’s a great choice. The beach house itself is a great example of modern architecture and renovation done right. The renovation was completed by UK-based architect Lisa Shell. (more…)

By |August 4th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Tin House Protects Against the Elements

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The aptly named Tinhouse designed by Rural Design Architects and built on the picturesque Isle of Skye is a great example of sustainable architecture done right. The façade is clad in tin to protect against the elements, while most of the other materials used to construct the house were either recycled or repurposed. (more…)

By |July 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dignified Disaster Relief Housing

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There is always need for disaster relief housing, and the recently introduced Hex House is certainly one of the more dignified ones. It was created by a non-profit design practice Architects For Society, which is a joint effort of professionals from the US, Europe and the Middle East. Their aim is provide easy to deploy housing, which is both affordable and provides a dignified way to live to refugees, and those displaced by natural disasters. (more…)

By |July 26th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

San Francisco Restaurant is Sustainable to the Core

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The Perennial, a restaurant that recently opened in San Francisco, truly is sustainable through and through. It’s the brainchild of husband and wife Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz and boast of it’s own aquaponic greenhouse, uses only responsibly-reared meat, and was decorated using recycled materials. The latter is only the tip of the iceberg as far as sustainable design goes though, and the restaurant is currently seeking a LEED Platinum certification. (more…)

By |July 15th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Tiny Paris Apartment Reborn

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It’s getting harder and harder to find adequate and affordable living spaces in big cities across the world, so it’s really nice to see all the ingenious solutions people are coming up with to solve these problems. The latest such solution comes from French architect Jérôme Vinçon who turned a tiny apartment with a 17-foot ceiling into a four-story micro home for a young couple. (more…)

By |July 7th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Shipping Container Recycled Into a Cozy Home

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It’s been awhile since we featured a shipping container home on this site, but this recently completed project by the tiny home company Walker Wilderness Enterprises from Brighton, Colorado deserves a mention. It is called Container Tiny House and can even be taken off-the-grid. It makes for a great vacation home, though it could also easily be used as a full time residence. (more…)

By |June 21st, 2016|Container Design|0 Comments