Toyota Building a Hydrogen Powered Utopia

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Toyota is a carmaker, but they are also one of the top providers of prefab homes in Japan. They have recently created their first hydrogen car called Mirai, and have now announced plans to build a community of hydrogen powered homes. To do so, they have obtained the rights to H2PIA from the Danish team who first came up with the concept of such a sustainable community. (more…)

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

Cabin That Brings You Closer to Nature

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Cabins and vacation homes in general serve the purpose of bringing us closer to nature, something that most of us still yearn for. And this glass cabin, recently completed by the Dutch firm 2by4-architects, offers just that. It is located in built Loosdrechtse Plas, a region of Holland filled with picturesque lakes.

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The cabin measures only 215 square feet, since local regulations mandated it to be the same size as the structure it was built to replace. In an effort to make it appear larger, as well as to bring the inhabitants closer to the nature surrounding it, the cabin’s eastern and western side is completely glazed. The rest of the façade is clad with charred wood siding. The glass walls also let in plenty of natural light and maximize solar heat gain.

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The cabin also features a unique moveable wall that together with the glazing leads to the complete removal of one of the cabin’s walls. This truly blurs the line between the interior and exterior spaces. It is achieved by completely opening one of the glass facades so that the wooden outdoor terrace actually becomes part of the interior space. The wooden façade can also be folded down, which offers wraparound views of the surrounding landscape. This also forms a deck over the lake next to which the cabin was built, forming an easy way for the inhabitants to access the water.

The interior was kept simple and functional. It’s all just one room, and features a small kitchen, toilet and shower, which are integrated into a double wall. There is also a suspended wood stove, which can be rotated to heat both the interior and the deck.

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The cabin has already become quite famous, and with good reason, so the firm is planning to design a cheaper, prefab version that will be easy to construct.

By |February 17th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Oddly Shaped Home Stands on One Leg

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This truly odd home is located in Prague, Czech Republic and was designed by the firm Šépka architekti. It was built on a steep slope among trees and is called House in the Orchard. It’s raised off the ground, supported by a concrete stilt, while the living quarters are shaped a lot like a pear. The unique shape and design were chosen to cut down on building costs. The home also quite possibly has the smallest footprint we’ve seen for a good while. (more…)

By |February 15th, 2017|Modern architecture|0 Comments

Family of Five Lives on a Bus

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The Sullivans are a family of five who live in a bus converted into a home full time. But far from being cramped and uncomfortable, their unique home is quite cozy and functional. Besides, they hardly spend all their time indoors, and they can take their home on wheels anywhere they like. The home gets all the needed energy from a solar power array.

They call their new home Big Bertha and it was created out of a used 40-foot 1996 Blue Bird bus. Dad Brian and mom Starla designed the interior themselves. It took them about one year of weekends to finish the home. And they chose a bus over another form of a tiny home, because it’s much more mobile than most other offerings on the market. Since they registered it as an RV, they don’t even need a special permit to drive it. (more…)

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

Shipping Container Home Made for Two

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Shipping container architecture is not getting as much press as it once did, but people are still repurposing cargo containers to build inexpensive and often times very cozy homes. While living in a metal box is certainly not everyone’s idea of the ideal home, there are many advantages to this type of architecture, and it’s up to the individual to decide whether it’s right for them. Perhaps this well designed home by the firm Revival Designs will convince someone of the benefits.

It is called the Intellectual Tiny Home and was created using a standard recycled 40 ft (12 m)-long shipping container. It has a total floorspace of 320 sq ft (29.7 sq m), which is divided up between the living area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The exterior was left in pretty much the original condition, but they did add a few rows of cedar shelving, which the occupants can use to grow their own green wall which will further aid in insulation. (more…)

By |January 24th, 2017|Container Design|1 Comment

An Interesting Example of Shipping Container Architecture

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The so-called RDP House, recently completed in Quito, Ecuador, is a great example of unique and interesting ways in which shipping containers can be used to build modern, sustainable homes. It was designed by architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero. (more…)

By |January 19th, 2017|Container Design|2 Comments