Dune House is located on the Terschelling island in Holland and was designed by Marc Koehler Architects. It stands on the beach and blends in perfectly with the surrounding dunes and tufts of grass. The home is also eco-friendly and sustainable.
Pallets are sturdy and abundant, and therefore a great material for upcycling to meet a number of architecture and design needs. A Tokyo based firm Hiroki Tominaga Atelier recently used them in a unique office space renovation. What’s more, they were able to do so without the end result looking like a DIY project.
Canadian couple Wayne Adams and Catherine King built their beautiful no-waste, no-impact floating home back in 1992. They named it Freedom Cove and have been living in it for nearly 25 years, and even raised a family there. The floating home is located near Tofino, British Columbia, on a gorgeous lake.
It’s always nice to see clever ways of turning tiny interiors into functional living spaces that feel much larger than they actually are. The French architect Richard Guilbault recently achieved just that with a renovation of a tiny Paris apartment into a home that looks and feels much larger than its 322 square foot (30 sq m) area would suggest.
Traditional building is time consuming, labor intensive, expensive and can be quite damaging to the environment. Part of living a sustainable lifestyle is certainly finding ways to construct our homes with minimal impact and Maison D, recently built by Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme in Couëron, France is a great example of how that can be done.
The London-based studio ecoLogicStudio has recently showcased a prototype of its so-called urban algae canopy at the “Feeding the Planet” expo in Milan. The urban algae canopy is a bio-digital structure filled with fluid that contains microalgae organisms. These are pumped around the otherwise transparent structure and are capable of producing oxygen, biomass energy and dynamic shade. They also respond to the presence of visitors and can produce very interesting visual effects.