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

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

Super Affordable Tiny House

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Even though downsizing to a tiny house is all about cutting costs and saving, a lot of custom made, or prefab tiny home offerings have hefty price tags. Which kind of defeats the purpose, and even though there’s always the fun choice of going the DIY route and building your own home, it’s also very nice when companies offer affordable premade solutions. Such as the so-called France tiny home made by Pin Up Homes, a Check Republic-based company.

The France home measures just 74 sq ft (6.9 sq m), so it truly is tiny. They’ve recently completed the prototype of it, which has no bathroom. The home is made out of 21 insulated panels, which are held together by threaded rods. According to the company, three people can assemble the home in just three hours. Disassembly is equally fast and efficient. (more…)

By |January 30th, 2017|Prefab|4 Comments

Modern Canadian Tiny Home

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The tiny home movement is taking over the world, it would seem, as we are seeing more and more awesome builds across the world lately. One such is certainly this recently completed home called Novio, which was designed and built by the Quebec-based firm Ma Maison Logique. It’s modern and minimalist, and quite well arranged for a tiny house. (more…)

By |January 27th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Passive House Worth Noting

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Lansdowne Drive is a passive house that was recently built in London by the firm Tectonics Architects. It’s certainly passive house architecture at its best, and a great example of modern architecture to boot.

The house was built on a very small lot, so they put the lower level half underground to make the most of the available space. Even so, the home only measures 1011 sq ft. The kitchen and living area are located on the upper floor, and this part of the home features large windows that let in plenty of light and offer great views. The lower level houses the entrance, bedrooms and bathrooms. (more…)

By |January 25th, 2017|Passive House|0 Comments

Iconic British Phone Booths Turned into Office Pods

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The red telephone booths are as much a staple of Great Britain as anything else is. They were first designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott back in 1935, and of the 60,000 that were built in the span of nearly a century, about 11,000 are still standing. The need for them has declined dramatically due to the rise in popularity of cell phones. However, the New York-based firm Bar Works is now planning on converting them into co-working offices.

Bar Works has already seen success with this so-called Pod Works program elsewhere, which is why they decided to bring it to London, Leeds and Edinburgh now. The project will involve the converting of the 3-square-foot phone booths into tiny offices, which will all be equipped with a desk and chair, as well as a printer/scanner, a 25-inch monitor, a powerbank of plugs, WiFi, and even a hot drinks machine. (more…)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments