Off-Grid Mountain Lodge Completed in Norway

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About three years ago, Norway’s Tourism Association held a competition for designing the best self-catering mountain lodges, which they could place on hiking trails across the country. The winning lodges were the so-called Skåpet Mountain Lodges designed by Koko Architects. These lodges are made up of a group of off-grid cabins, which require very little maintenance and can house up to 35 hikers. They also operate completely off-the-grid, and provide a secure and comfortably warm shelter even in the harshest conditions, which in Norway can get pretty harsh. The first of these Skåpet Mountain Lodges was recently built on a hiking trail in Rogaland. (more…)

By |December 20th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Nano Student Housing is Cozy and Affordable

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Finding adequate and affordable housing is a problem faced by hoards of students at the beginning of each school year. To help solve this problem, University of British Columbia (UBC) has come up with a plan to begin constructing several very small student-housing units, which will be cozy and private, judging by the pictures. (more…)

By |December 16th, 2016|Modern design|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

Glass Tower That Might Actually be Energy Efficient

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The recently completed Beijing Greenland Center, built by Chicago’s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) may not look like a very energy efficient building at first glance, given it’s glazed façade. However, the trapezoidal shape of the windows is said to actually improve the building’s energy performance. The Beijing Greenland Center is 853 ft (260 m) high and has 55 floors. It’s located in the city’s Dawangjing business district and contains offices and 178 of apartments. There is also a multi-story retail zone attached to it. (more…)

By |December 8th, 2016|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Prefab Micro Home That Can be Moved Around Easily

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Kodasema, a firm from Estonia, is busy designing a tiny prefab home, which according to them can be assemble on-site in only seven hours. The home will be made of concrete, and is expected to cost around $110,000. It will also be made in a way that allows it to easily be disassembled and moved to a new location if needed.

They’re calling this home Koda, and it will measure only 326 sq ft (30.3 sq m). It’s built out of prefabricated sections made of concrete. However, only 317 cubic feet of concrete are needed to build the entire home, so despite using this material instead of a more sustainable alternative, the construction of this home still won’t leave a huge carbon footprint. No foundation is necessary on-site, and the home can be placed on a wide variety of surfaces, including asphalt and gravel, so long as it can provide a level footing. Once it’s assembled it can’t exactly be towed around, but they do claim disassembling the home with a view towards relocating it, only takes about seven hours, though a truck and crane are needed in the process. (more…)

By |December 7th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Icehotel That Will Stay Open all Year

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The famous Icehotel, which they build every year in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, will get built for the 27th year in a row this year, since it melts into nothing each year. But this year another Icehotel was also built, and this one is built to last. The so-called Icehotel 365 is designed to remain standing and open all year, and not just during the coldest months. (more…)

By |December 6th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments