The recently completed Beijing Greenland Center, built by Chicagoâ€™s Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) may not look like a very energy efficient building at first glance, given itâ€™s glazed faÃ§ade. However, the trapezoidal shape of the windows is said to actually improve the buildingâ€™s energy performance. The Beijing Greenland Center is 853 ft (260 m) high and has 55 floors. Itâ€™s located in the cityâ€™s Dawangjing business district and contains offices and 178 of apartments. There is also a multi-story retail zone attached to it. […]
Kodasema, a firm from Estonia, is busy designing a tiny prefab home, which according to them can be assemble on-site in only seven hours. The home will be made of concrete, and is expected to cost around $110,000. It will also be made in a way that allows it to easily be disassembled and moved to a new location if needed.
Theyâ€™re calling this home Koda, and it will measure only 326 sq ft (30.3 sq m). Itâ€™s built out of prefabricated sections made of concrete. However, only 317 cubic feet of concrete are needed to build the entire home, so despite using this material instead of a more sustainable alternative, the construction of this home still wonâ€™t leave a huge carbon footprint. No foundation is necessary on-site, and the home can be placed on a wide variety of surfaces, including asphalt and gravel, so long as it can provide a level footing. Once itâ€™s assembled it canâ€™t exactly be towed around, but they do claim disassembling the home with a view towards relocating it, only takes about seven hours, though a truck and crane are needed in the process. […]
The famous Icehotel, which they build every year in JukkasjÃ¤rvi, Sweden, will get built for the 27th year in a row this year, since it melts into nothing each year. But this year another Icehotel was also built, and this one is built to last. The so-called Icehotel 365 is designed to remain standing and open all year, and not just during the coldest months. […]
Here is another creation by Custom Container Living, the shipping container architecture firm out of Archie, Missouri. This one has a generous floor plan, and is large enough for a family to live in comfortably. […]
The vacation home in question is located in the Lake of Bays, Muskoka region and is actually a recently renovated house from the 1960s. The renovation was done by Fourth Pig and Stoneâ€™s Throw Design and the end result is a nearly passive home, which boasts of a number of sustainable features and looks amazing inside and out.
As part of the renovation, the home has been wrapped in straw bale for insulation, and it is heated by a wood fired boiler. The latter also provides hot water for both washing and the radiant heating system. There is also a solar hot water heater, which provides hot water and supplements radiant heating. They home also features a high efficiency Energy Recovery Ventilator. […]
The company Leckie Studio Architecture + Design of Vancouver recently unveiled plans to start producing innovative modular cabins, which will arrive in a flatpack package and be as easy to assemble as IKEA furniture. The cabins are currently still in the design stage, but they will function completely off-the-grid and come in many sizes and styles. […]