Innovative New Passive House Prefab


Sonya Newenhouse, the founder of the green consulting company, Madison Environmental, is putting theory into practice through building the so-called NewenHouse, which is a prefab sustainable, passive house. The home is also Passivhaus certified. According to her, the house is superinsulated, furnace-free and functions well even in cold climates.

By |December 17th, 2014|Prefab|0 Comments

Paris Apartment Successfully Pushes the Limits of Living Tiny


The recent renovation of a maid’s quarters into a fully-equipped tiny apartment in Paris, France is downright ingenious. The architects of Kitoko Studio were able to equip a tiny 86 square foot (8 square meter) room into a full apartment that doesn’t even feel cramped.

By |December 11th, 2014|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Very Interesting Tiny Home


This unique and very pink tiny home, called Vila Hermina is located in the town of town of Černín in the Czech Republic. It was designed by the firm HSH Architekti, which unfortunately no longer exists. The home was inspired by architect Ludwig Leo’s Versuchsanstalt fur Wasserbau und Schiffbau building.

By |December 9th, 2014|Modern design|0 Comments

A Flood Proof House?


Flooding has gotten worse in recent years, and, if the trend continues, new and improved architecture solutions will soon be needed for homes in flood-prone areas. Baca Architects are in the process of designing a unique home, called Formosa and dubbed the “amphibious house,” which is capable of floating on floodwater before being placed back down once the water recedes.

By |December 3rd, 2014|Modern design|1 Comment

Are Mega-Buildings the Future of Our Cities?


Cities of the future will almost certainly need to be both larger and much more sustainable than they currently are. Due to this assumption, the logical solution is huge mega-skyscrapers, which are capable of producing their own power and handling their own waste. One such design was recently put forth by Urban Future Organization in partnership with CR-Design in the form of the Cloud Citizen building complex which is to be built in Shenzhen, China. Their idea is actually a whole sprawling complex of interconnected buildings, which includes great spaces and comes with a number of sustainable features.

By |November 26th, 2014|Modern design|3 Comments

Who Wants to Live in a Maintenance Free House?


Next to mortgage payments and building costs, maintenance costs are another expensive aspect of owning a home. Even if your home is as sustainable as possible, these costs still apply and get worse with age. Enter the Maintenance-Free House, designed by developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects of Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute.

By |November 15th, 2014|Prefab|1 Comment