Simple and Modern Refugee Housing

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Germany, among other EU countries, is currently facing the problem of quickly finding adequate housing for refugees and asylum seekers that it has let across its borders. The modular houses, designed for this purpose by Architect and builder Werner Sobek, are a great example of the fact that refugee housing can be modern, affordable and comfortable. The units are called Aktivhaus, and a whole development of them has recently been completed in Winnenden, which is a town about 20 kilometers northeast of Stuttgart. It can accommodate 200 asylum seekers and functions just like real homes. (more…)

By |March 23rd, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Unique Approach to Increasing the Sustainability of Old Buildings

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Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has recently come up with an interesting and unique solution to turning an old, 1970’s apartment building into a very sustainable complex. His plans call for the transformation of the existing concrete structure into an energy producing building with a green façade.

Callebaut would leave the building as is, but would add 274 planter beds into its ornamental façade. These would hold about 10,000 plants carefully chosen by botanists, to create a sort of vertical garden or green façade, which would increase the building’s thermal performance and clean the air. According to Callebaut’s calculations the plants would capture 50 tons of C02 per year. The windows of the apartments would also have to be exchanged for energy saving ones to further improve the thermal performance of the building. Keeping the green façade flourishing would not be difficult at all, since there would be a drip-feed system that would require maintenance only twice a year. (more…)

By |March 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Car Maker Moves in on Small and Functional Home Market

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The people behind the famous Mini have designed an urban home, which seeks to alleviate the problem of urban overcrowding. It makes perfect sense that the maker of ultra urban cars should make this step, and the only real question is why didn’t they tackle it sooner? They designed this so-called Mini Living apartment with the help of the Japanese architecture firm ON design and the Berlin office of engineering consulting firm Arup. (more…)

By |December 30th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Shipping Container Apartment Complex Goes up in Texas

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Development Strategies, Inc and Alamo Architects, of Austin, TX, are the two firms behind the shipping container apartment complex, which was recently completed in Encinal, TX. The complex will consist of seven apartments made out of shipping containers. The apartments will be highly energy-efficient and also affordable. (more…)

By |April 20th, 2016|Container Design|0 Comments

Modular Housing for the Homeless of Dublin

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Modular housing has a number of advantages, such as speed, affordability and ease of construction, which makes it ideal for use as housing for the homeless. Due to this, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE), has decided to start advocating that modular houses be used to house the city’s homeless, the number of which has been growing. (more…)

By |October 16th, 2015|MODULAR HOMES|0 Comments

New Masonry Building Method Cuts Carbon Emissions

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The Russian design studio Zaarchitects have come up with a concept they call “smart masonry” techniques, which would involve using parametric tools and robot arms in the construction of concrete buildings. This method would require the use of less concrete for the construction of more lightweight, precise, efficient and less bulky buildings. (more…)

By |September 2nd, 2015|Modern architecture|0 Comments