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Covert House is Sustainable and Gorgeous

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The London-based architecture firm DSDHA recently completed the build of a very unique house. Covert House, as it is called, is a modern family home, which due to the desire to reduce its visual impact, is sunken halfway into the ground. The visible part of the home is covered with mirrors and glass to make it blend into its surroundings even better. The home also boasts a number of sustainable features and was recently shortlisted for a RIBA housing award.

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Innovative Solar Energy System

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An Austrian company Smartflower recently unveiled a unique and innovative solar energy system, which does away with traditional roof-top mounted solar panels. The so-called Smartflower POP system is a 3.2 kW solar power array that is ground-mounted. It gets its name from the folding panels, which close up at night and in strong wind conditions, and automatically unfold again in the morning. The units are available in 8 different colors.

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TetraPaks Turned into LED Lamps

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It’s no secret that TetraPaks are a huge problem when it comes to protecting the environment, and so far, other than disposing of them properly, not much can be done with them once they are empty. That is until now! The Italian design studio Fatello! has come up with a way to upcycle TetraPaks into very nice looking lamps.

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Earth Sheltered Home Fit For Hobbits and Men

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Earth sheltered homes are a prime example of sustainable living and this is one of the best I’ve seen. As seen on Living Big In A Tiny House, the so-called Underhill, is an impressive and unique earth-sheltered home that was constructed by Graham Hannah in Waikato, New Zealand.

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Summer Vacation Home Made from Recycled Materials

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Architect Leo Qvarsebo from Sweden recently built a family vacation home by mainly using recycled materials. The cabin is a modern reincarnation of the traditional A-frame cabin, and the architect likes to think of it as a “treehouse for adults.” And there’s certainly no denying that it’s a lot of fun.

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A City in the Sahara Desert

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The architecture firm OXO Architectes from Paris, working with Nicolas Laisné Associés, has recently presented their vision for a “vertical city” skyscraper, which they would like to build in the Sahara desert. This mixed-use tower would be the perfect solution for sustainable living in the desert, and it would be able to comfortably house a large number of people.

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