Toyota Building a Hydrogen Powered Utopia

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Toyota is a carmaker, but they are also one of the top providers of prefab homes in Japan. They have recently created their first hydrogen car called Mirai, and have now announced plans to build a community of hydrogen powered homes. To do so, they have obtained the rights to H2PIA from the Danish team who first came up with the concept of such a sustainable community. (more…)

By |February 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Cabin That Brings You Closer to Nature

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Cabins and vacation homes in general serve the purpose of bringing us closer to nature, something that most of us still yearn for. And this glass cabin, recently completed by the Dutch firm 2by4-architects, offers just that. It is located in built Loosdrechtse Plas, a region of Holland filled with picturesque lakes.

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The cabin measures only 215 square feet, since local regulations mandated it to be the same size as the structure it was built to replace. In an effort to make it appear larger, as well as to bring the inhabitants closer to the nature surrounding it, the cabin’s eastern and western side is completely glazed. The rest of the façade is clad with charred wood siding. The glass walls also let in plenty of natural light and maximize solar heat gain.

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The cabin also features a unique moveable wall that together with the glazing leads to the complete removal of one of the cabin’s walls. This truly blurs the line between the interior and exterior spaces. It is achieved by completely opening one of the glass facades so that the wooden outdoor terrace actually becomes part of the interior space. The wooden façade can also be folded down, which offers wraparound views of the surrounding landscape. This also forms a deck over the lake next to which the cabin was built, forming an easy way for the inhabitants to access the water.

The interior was kept simple and functional. It’s all just one room, and features a small kitchen, toilet and shower, which are integrated into a double wall. There is also a suspended wood stove, which can be rotated to heat both the interior and the deck.

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The cabin has already become quite famous, and with good reason, so the firm is planning to design a cheaper, prefab version that will be easy to construct.

By |February 17th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Oddly Shaped Home Stands on One Leg

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This truly odd home is located in Prague, Czech Republic and was designed by the firm Šépka architekti. It was built on a steep slope among trees and is called House in the Orchard. It’s raised off the ground, supported by a concrete stilt, while the living quarters are shaped a lot like a pear. The unique shape and design were chosen to cut down on building costs. The home also quite possibly has the smallest footprint we’ve seen for a good while. (more…)

By |February 15th, 2017|Modern architecture|0 Comments

A Tiny Home for a Family of Four

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Most people with a family would not even consider moving into a tiny home, but it might not be such a far-fetched idea, as the so-called Brown Bear tiny house, proves. The home was designed and built by Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah. Despite it’s diminutive size, it is still large and spacious enough to comfortably house a family of four. And best of all, it’s also easily towable and can function completely independent of the grid.

The Brown Bear tiny home measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m). The ground floor features a spacious kitchen and dining area, which takes up most of the space here. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, propane-powered cooker, and even a full-size refrigerator and freezer. There is also a breakfast bar that can sit all four family members at once, as well as lots of custom-built cabinet space. All the countertops are made of quartz. There is also a small lounge in this area that features a sofa and a TV. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the ground floor by a door, and features a full-size shower, sink, and a composting toilet. (more…)

By |February 13th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

A-Frame Cottages for Eco-Friendly Glamping

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A-frame cottages have always been popular, mainly due the ease and affordability of their construction. This was the idea behind the Lushna cottage, a modern, green and affordable alternative to a tent created by the Slovenian company of the same name. These lovely wooden cottages are great for year-round camping, and enjoying the great outdoors in style. (more…)

By |February 10th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Tiny Home That’s Perfect for the Disabled

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Apart from downsizing and living debt- and mortgage-free, tiny homes are also ideally suited as housing solutions for refugees, the homeless, and even people with mobility issues. People confined to a wheelchair often find themselves in a situation where their own homes become inaccessible to them, or they become a virtual prisoner in their homes, since despite many efforts most cities are still quite difficult to navigate for people in wheelchairs. With this in mind the Vermont-based firm LineSync Architecture designed a tiny home, which is aimed primarily at those who have been confined to the wheelchair whether through injury or by old age. The home is called Wheel Pad, and it is designed to allow such individuals to stay at home and near their families. (more…)

By |February 3rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments