Offices of the Future Will Have Beds

One of the things I love about being a freelancer is the ability to work virtually anywhere I please, even from the sofa or bed. But regular, 9-to-5 office spaces have been changing too, with cubicles giving way to more open plan setups. Design students at ÉCAL University have come up with this ingenious work space layout as part of a workshop, which they call Workbay Village. It is a flexible, fun workspace, which allows employees to work, nap, and even grow plants. (more…)

By |July 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Eco-Resorts Going up in the Azores

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The Azores, a group of gorgeous islands just off the coast of Portugal, has seen increased tourism in recent years. However fortunate that maybe, it also presents a problem for the environment, so in a bid to retain the unspoiled state of the landscape, the local Tourism and Agribusiness Development Company of the Azores (TADA) has come up with a way to preserve it. (more…)

By |June 23rd, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Luxury Prefab Off-The-Grid Cabin

The recently unveiled Gapahuk cabin was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and the leisure home builder Rindalshytter. It can be equipped to operate completely independently of the grid, and comes in a prefabricated package, meaning it can be built virtually anywhere. (more…)

By |June 18th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

New Easy to Construct Disaster Relief Shelters

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Given the recent refugee crisis, it’s more important than ever to have affordable, practical and easy to construct disaster relief housing solutions available. The recently unveiled Duffy Shelter is all that and more. It was created by the firm Duffy London of London, UK, and they also manufacture them. The shelters are easy to construct and are shipped flatpacked, so 35 of them can be transported in one van.

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By |June 12th, 2017|Prefab|1 Comment

Versatile and Affordable Living Solutions Aimed at Youth Returning to the Nest

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A growing number of 18-34 year olds are nowadays more likely to live at home with their parents than on their own with a partner. The recent global economic crisis and the resulting lessening of job security are the main culprits for this, and design firm Enorme Studio of Spain has come up with a number of ingenious designs aimed at this segment of the population.
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By |May 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Simple and Modern Refugee Housing

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Germany, among other EU countries, is currently facing the problem of quickly finding adequate housing for refugees and asylum seekers that it has let across its borders. The modular houses, designed for this purpose by Architect and builder Werner Sobek, are a great example of the fact that refugee housing can be modern, affordable and comfortable. The units are called Aktivhaus, and a whole development of them has recently been completed in Winnenden, which is a town about 20 kilometers northeast of Stuttgart. It can accommodate 200 asylum seekers and functions just like real homes. (more…)

By |March 23rd, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments