All-in-One Home Office and Yoga Studio

When working from home, having a dedicated office space is awesome, and having one that serves more than just a single purpose is even better. The firm Neil Dusheiko Architects from London, UK, recently built this sustainable garden office, which also doubles as a yoga studio and even a playroom for children. This space is used by a psychiatrist who practices from home, and they use it to see patients during the day. The structure is called the Shadow Shed, and they chose this name because it was envisioned as a space with a dark skin, but with light and warmth at its center. I think they did a good job of bringing this image to life. (more…)

By |May 31st, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Village of Sustainable Homes in Norway is Well Underway

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Norway is getting the so-called Bygda 2.0, or Village 2.0, which is a new sustainable development in a rural, seaside area of Norway. The project will focus on developing modern Norwegian houses that will be sustainable, and will form a village of sorts, complete with spaces for doing businesses and research activities. As the people behind it say, “It will be a place to live, work and enjoy.”
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By |May 18th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Home in Japan Scaled to Fit and Irregular Lot

Japan has very stringent building codes and high taxes on land, which means that most of the homes, especially in cities like Tokyo, get built on oddly-shaped lots. These are usually the result of existing plots of land getting further subdivided to accommodate several generations of a family.

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By |May 15th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Water Producing Solar Panel

Zero Mass Water, an Arizona State University startup has created solar panel which produces water as well as electricity. The device is called SOURCE and it is standalone, meaning that it does not need any wiring or water input to harvest solar energy and produce drinking water at the same time. They have been running a pilot program since 2015 to test the system, which is already installed in a number of homes and communities.

One SOURCE unit measures 30 sq ft (2.8 sq m). It is capable of generating electricity via the solar photovoltaic panel, while it also has an integrated lithium-ion for storing the used electricity. The device then uses that electricity to power a cycle of condensation and evaporation, which produces 2 to 5 liters of water a day. (more…)

By |April 17th, 2017|Solar|0 Comments

Photographer Downsizes to a Teardrop Trailer to Travel the Country

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US-based freelance photographer Mandy Lea has been travelling the country in a teardrop trailer for the past two years, capturing amazing shots of nature along the way. She decided on this change in lifestyle after realizing the day job was burning her out, while her true passion—photography—was getting neglected. So she traded in the “normal” life for a nomadic one and has yet to regret it. (more…)

By |April 7th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Vacation Home That Changes Shape According to the Weather

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Architect Michael Jantzen has come up with a concept for a vacation home, which would allow the residents to change it’s shape according to what is best in any type of weather condition. The so-called Malleable Autonomous Retreat House would also function completely independent of the grid, and it certainly embodies a very novel and futuristic idea when it comes to home design. (more…)

By |March 27th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments