Photovoltaic panels and solar hot water panels both provide useful benefits for the buildings they are attached to, but sometimes there is limited space on the roof, and usually only one or the other is installed. Solimpeks, a solar panel manufacturer based in Turkey, has been producing solar panels for a long time, and has an elegant solution to the problem: a panel that produces both electricity and hot water. It turns out that the Solimpeks Volther dual-use panels increase efficiency more than you might expect.
Speaking of the pros and cons of cargo container construction, web-based design magazine designboom has been working on a DIY-style, live-work container structure on Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy. The “container summer residence” is made with three containers — two live-work units and one bathroom unit with a toilet and shower. Designboom set these directly on the pavement, removed the rust, contracted out the plumbing and electrical, and insulated each ISBU with SuperTherm ceramic paint.
This place was inspired by Dasparkhotel, an innovative hotel in Austria built with recycled concrete tubular rooms. Pictures of the place have been floating around the internet in the last few weeks. It’s called TuboHotel, and it’s located 45 minutes south of Mexico City. Each TuboHotel room includes a queen bed, desk light, fan, and under-bed storage.
This tiny modern studio is sited on a woodsy lot in Slough, UK. It was designed and built by in.it studios and has about 400 square feet (37 square meters) with a lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. The company told us in an email that they prefabricated the studio with a high-performance wall, roof, and floor assembly and an exterior of cedar cladding.
This is The Edge, a factory-built home inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (not to be confused with the E.D.G.E. prefab). UK-based Boutique Caravans designed and built the modern prefab – which measures 22′ x 42′ – with cold-formed steel, SIPs, and triple-glazed windows. It’s a show house in Penmayne Edge Park in Rock, North Cornwall, a community of 10 low-energy holiday homes in the UK.