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Solar-powered home puts an eco-friendly twist on the farmhouse vernacular

When architect Paul O’Reilly of the Australian architectural practice archterra was asked by his mother to design a modern farmhouse, he delivered a handsome dwelling that not only takes inspiration from traditional barn architecture, but also deftly addresses the region’s climatic extremes with its site-specific, energy-efficient build. Aptly named the Farm House, the roughly 2,000-square-foot abode features a gabled roofline, a veranda and timber cladding to mimic traditional barns, while th...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Solar Energy, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Rammed Earth, Bush, Margaret River, Farm House, Energy Efficient

Adobe brick combines with wood in a low-carbon villa in Chiang Mai

Architectural practice Chiangmai Life Architects has completed a striking villa that blends elements of traditional Thai architecture together with environmentally savvy construction practices and modern amenities fit for 21st-century living. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the project, dubbed the ‘Earth & Wood Villa,’ was built primarily of locally sourced natural materials from the self-made adobe bricks to the exposed timber elements throughout. In addition to mountain vistas,...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Chiang Mai, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Earth Walls, Locally Sourced Materials, Natural Materials, Natural Stone, Chiangmai Life Architects, Thai Architecture, Adobe Architecture

Solar-powered Dutch home brings the coastal woods indoors

Dutch design studio Natrufied Architecture has embedded a solar-powered home into the coastal woods in the old artist town of Bergen, the Netherlands. Dubbed Bosvilla, the 4,305-square-foot abode is built with a variety of timbers, inside and out, that combine with floor-to-ceiling triple glazing to create an environment that feels like an extension of the outdoors. For energy efficiency, the architects blanketed the building with a green roof, used highly insulated materials and installed 35 s...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, The Netherlands, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Bergen, Woodstock, Green Roof, Forest Stewardship Council FSC, Bike Storage

Modern timber winery blends Japanese and Viennese influences

Wien-based architecture practice Architects Collective used innovative timber construction for the contemporary Nett Winery in the Pfalz wine region of Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany. Unlike traditional wine cellars that typically feature massive walls or industrial steel, this new winery features comparatively lightweight construction using ecological materials, including a wooden outer shell and an inner structure of pumice-concrete. Inspired by Japanese architecture and Viennese moderni...
Tags: Design, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Wine, British Columbia, Winery, Carousel Showcase, Timber Architecture, Wien, Shou Sugi, Neustadt, Natural Materials, Winemaking, Shou Sugi Ban, Origami-like Architecture

11 ways to be more self-sufficient in the new year

Self-sufficient living is all about providing for your own needs— and the needs of your household— without resources or help from the outside. To become more self-sufficient, you need knowledge and skills, plus motivation and a spirit of independence. The reasons for living a self-sufficient lifestyle can be political, social or personal, but whatever the motivation may be, learning how to become self-sufficient can offer a feeling of security, even in the event of a disaster. There isn’t a han...
Tags: Food, Garden, Gardening, Design, Cook, Food Storage, Debt, Features, Plastic, Sewing, Bright Ideas, Green Living, Natural Cleaners, Emergency Kit, Clean Eating, Natural Materials

An old post office is reborn as a bright and breezy beach house

A former post office has been revived as a bright and breezy beach house in Breamlea, Australia. Designed by St. Kilda-based design firm OOF! Architecture, the modern makeover—dubbed the Green Shutter House—was created for clients who had already adapted the post office into a home but were frustrated with the building’s lack of connection with the outdoors. The renovation process opened the front of the house up to waterfront views while introducing more natural light and ventilation to the in...
Tags: Design, Australia, Post Office, Architecture, Gallery, Copenhagen, Beach, Wetlands, St Kilda, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Salvaged Materials, Green Renovation, Shutter, Plywood, Adaptive Reuse

Eco-friendly guesthouse in Brazil sports a green roof and rammed earth walls

In continuation of its work on the eco-conscious Camburi community center, Sao Paulo-based architecture firm CRU! architects recently completed the Guesthouse Paraty, a sustainable social building project that provided construction jobs and training to the local community. To minimize the environmental impact of the building, the architects used natural materials sourced locally, from red earth excavated on site to the tree trunks and bamboo cut from the surrounding forest. The guesthouse was a...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Bamboo, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Green Architecture, Rammed Earth, Paraty, Locally Sourced Materials, Cru, Black Earth, Granite, Green Wall, Cross-ventilation

A stone barn is transformed into a modern, energy-conscious home in Verona

Milan-based architecture practice Studio Wok has revamped a historic stone barn into a contemporary country home using environmentally friendly materials and design choices. Located in the small parish of Chievo in the west of Verona, Italy, the adaptive reuse project carefully respects the architectural heritage of the site while tastefully bringing the residence up to modern living standards. The result is a charming dwelling filled with natural light, warm timber surfaces and framed views of...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Italy, Verona, Vicenza, Countryside, Chievo, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Adaptive Reuse, Larch, Verona Italy, Stone, Locally Sourced Materials, Stone Barn

Low-budget, bioclimatic home boasts a minimal energy footprint in Costa Rica

When clients Luis and Marce approached design collective YUSO proyectos for their new home in Costa Rica, they already had a very clear idea of what they wanted. First and foremost, the clients wanted the concept of “honesty” to define not only the design and construction process, but also the final appearance and function of the bioclimatic home. As a result, the site-specific project — dubbed the Esparza House — is primarily built from natural materials with minimal and natural finishes. Loc...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Wood, Costa Rica, Carousel Showcase, Passive Design, San Rafael, Luis, Low Carbon Footprint, Bioclimatic, Wastewater Treatment, Bioclimatic Architecture, Elevated Architecture, Natural Materials, Marce

Own a funky, biophilic home by an acclaimed upcycling artist for $1.2M

A truly one-of-a-kind home has surfaced on the Florida market that offers luxury living in a lush, jungle-like environment as well as a wealth of upcycled art. Located just north of Fort Lauderdale in the town of Wilton Manors, the home is a sculptural oasis designed by owner Michael Jude Russo, an internationally renowned multimedia artist. Filled with light and views of the outdoors, the unique two-bedroom, two-bath dwelling is now being sold for $1,200,000, an asking price that includes all ...
Tags: Florida, Real Estate, Design, Interviews, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Reclaimed Materials, Upcycling, Unique Architecture, Fort Lauderdale, Sotheby, Russo, Upcycled Art, Artist Studio

Nature-inspired Teak House welcomes Vietnams lush forests indoors

Architect Pham Thanh Huy of Vietnamese design firm 282 Design recently renovated a villa into the Teak House, a Northern European-inspired getaway in the cool highlands of Ngọc Thanh in northern Vietnam. Inspired by the surrounding pine forest landscape and spurred by sustainable principles, Pham Thanh Huy created the contemporary home mainly with teak wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. In addition to the predominate timber palette indoors, the house embraces the living forest with ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Forests, Mezzanine, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Materials, Contemporary Architecture, Stone, Northern Vietnam, Sustainable Timber, Natural Materials, Floor To Ceiling Glass, Sustainably Managed Forest

Off-grid Glass Cabin is built of recycled materials on reclaimed Iowan prairie

Indianapolis-based architecture and design studio atelierRISTING recently completed the Glass Cabin, a family retreat that operates off the grid with minimal site impact. Designed and built by the architects on land belonging to a sesquicentennial farm in northeastern Iowa, the property is elevated off the ground to minimize disturbance of the grasslands and floodplain. Built in the shape of a wood-framed pole barn, the low-maintenance building is powered with solar energy. Set in a clearing ...
Tags: Texas, Design, Indianapolis, Architecture, Gallery, Iowa, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Green Building, Cabin, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Off-grid, Copper, Low Maintenance, Composting Toilet

Rammed earth walls tie this modern home to the Arizona desert landscape

Architect Brent Kendle of Kendle Design Collaborative married architecture with the desert landscape in Desert Wash, a site-specific home that sweeps the natural environment indoors through walls of glass and rammed earth construction. Designed for an active family of four, the 6,700-square-foot abode in Paradise Valley, Arizona takes its name from the property’s existing desert dry wash, a biome located at a drainage area prone to severe flooding events. To embrace the natural landscape and mi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Arizona, Desert, Carousel Showcase, Modern Architecture, Desert Architecture, Paradise Valley, Kendle Design Collaborative, Rammed Earth, Rammed Earth Walls, Paradise Valley Arizona, Desert Landscape, Glazing, Natural Materials

Unusual Kerplunk House is envisioned as a miniature forest in the desert

Design collective I STIFFEN THEE has completed Kerplunk House, a tiny cabin in the desert with an eye-catching arrangement of exposed wood piercing through its cuboid volumes. Inspired by nature and traditional colonial Spanish architecture, the structure was built with stucco and exposed wood and elevated off the ground for minimal site impact. Conceived as a multipurpose live-work space, the Kerplunk House forms part of a desert propagation center and will be gradually surrounded by desert fl...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Desert, Shelter, Carousel Showcase, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Cactus, Wood Veneer, Cacti, Natural Materials, Tiny Cabin, Stucco, Timber Beams

This weekend home in Mexico blends in with the forest landscape

Mexican architecture firm AM30 Taller de Arquitectura has inserted a site-specific weekend home into a forested location in Atemajac de Brizuela, a small town southwest of Guadalajara, Mexico. Dubbed the EC House, the dwelling is split up into a series of interconnected stone-clad volumes placed around existing pine trees and oriented for the best views of the nearby mountains. In addition to a natural materials palette that blends the home into the landscape, the EC House was designed to minim...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Courtyard, Guadalajara Mexico, Pines, Stone Walls, Local Materials, Site Sensitive, Floor Plan, Minimal Site Impact, Natural Materials, Natural Materials Palette

Eco-conscious Birkenstock HQ in Melbourne targets carbon-neutral status

A two-story heritage building in Melbourne has been remade into Birkenstock Australia’s new headquarters, an eco-conscious development with a modern aesthetic to reflect the classic elegance of the company’s shoe line. Designed by local architecture firm Melbourne Design Studios (MDS), the adaptive reuse project targets carbon neutral status thanks to its solar photovoltaic system, passive solar design, and a sustainably minded material palette that includes recycled timbers and natural materia...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Workshop, Melbourne, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Daylighting, Courtyard, Headquarters, Clifton Hill, Eco-conscious, Sustainably Sourced Timber

Experience bliss at a luxury Indian spa nestled in a former coffee estate

A former coffee estate with 125 acres of pristine forest has been transformed into a luxury resort and spa that embraces nature at every turn. Located a five-hour drive west of Bangalore in the sparsely populated Indian district of Coorg, The Ibnii offers blissful respite to city-weary visitors in need of recharge and relaxation. A highlight at the resort is undoubtedly Manja, a spacious spa complex designed by PLAYGROUP Studio and Architects AHCPL. Manja, which means ‘turmeric’ in the local ...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Resort, Bangalore, Spa, Natural Light, Coorg, Slate, Sauna, South India, Jaisalmer, Himachal, Elevated Walkways, Natural Materials, PLAYGROUP Studio

Massive handmade bamboo-and-rattan "fish trap" springs up in Taipei

A giant handmade pavilion created in the image of an ancient fishing tool has popped up at the entrance of Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Rising to a height of nearly 30 feet, The Trap is a temporary installation designed by Taiwanese artist Cheng Tsung Feng that pays homage to the fishing tools and materials used by various ethnic groups in Taiwan. The movement of people through and under the structure is meant to evoke the crowds of fish caught in a fish trap. Completed this mo...
Tags: Art, Design, Taiwan, Architecture, Gallery, Handmade, Taipei, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Locally Sourced Materials, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fish Trap, Temporary Installation, Cheng Tsung Feng, Installation Art, Natural Materials

This modern vacation home embraces indoor-outdoor living in Ontario

The boundary between indoors and out are blurred to beautiful effect in the Bear Stand Residence, a family retreat located approximately three hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Designed by Bohlin Grauman Miller in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the 3,300-square-foot holiday home is wrapped in glazing and natural materials in order to feel like an airy extension of the surrounding forest. Sitting along the shores of Contau Lake, the Bear Stand serves as an escape from city life f...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Gallery, Shanghai, West Coast, Carousel Showcase, Ontario, Retreat, Sauna, Toronto Ontario, Cedar, Robert Miller, FIR, American Institute of Architects, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Elegant net-zero home wraps around a large pond in Connecticut

Cutler Anderson Architects completed a modern woodland home that fully embraces the outdoors. Built to wrap around a large lake, the Connecticut Residence takes design inspiration from its surroundings with a subdued palette comprised of natural materials. As an “emotionally sustainable” home, the dwelling not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for its homeowners, but also generates all the energy it consumes through renewable sources. Created for a family of five, the Connecticut Residence ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, United States, Gallery, Connecticut, Cypress, Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Pond, Carousel Showcase, Net-zero Energy, Net-zero Architecture, Net Zero, Douglas Fir, Zero energy, Full-height Glazing

The all-natural 'Wellness Kitchen' includes a beautiful living herb wall

Kitchens are often the heart of any home, and now an innovative company is giving our beloved cooking space a healthy and sustainable makeover. Interior design company Finch London recently unveiled its beautiful bespoke rose-colored “Wellness Kitchen” that’s built with various chemical-free and eco-friendly materials and features a stunning herb wall. The London-based company’s Wellness Kitchen — which recently took home the grand prize at the Grand Designs Live event for its spectacular desi...
Tags: Health, Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Cork, Sustainable Design, Herb Garden, Gardening And Plants, Green Walls, Natural Materials, Living Wall, Green Kitchens, Finch London, Living Herb Wall, Wellness Kitchen

Casa Bruma's blackened concrete pavilions create a serene retreat in Mexico

Architects Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodriguez completed a unique weekend home that consists of nine pavilion-like volumes, each carefully positioned for optimal views. Located in a rural site just a few hours outside Mexico City, the 6,500-square-foot holiday retreat — named Casa Bruma — was designed as a series of boxes in order to sidestep the removal of existing trees. To soften the look of the concrete, the architects darkened the facades with a black pigment and topped most of the unit...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Mexico City, Carousel Showcase, Green Materials, Green Roof, Concrete, Art Deco, Courtyard, Weekend Home, Stone, Holiday Home, Natural Materials, Claudia Rodriguez

Off-grid island home in Florida hits the market for $1M

Near the southern tip of Florida, a breezy and 100% self-sufficient island home has hit the market for a cool million. Located along the Intracoastal Waterway just east of Keewaydin Island, the 5.3-acre property on Little Marco Island is an idyllic private getaway with a custom-built cottage and a front-row view of waterfront wildlife, from dolphins to gopher tortoises. Keep reading for an inside look at the off-grid island home currently listed on Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Buil...
Tags: Florida, Real Estate, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Wildlife, Island, Beach, Naples, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Intracoastal Waterway, Island Home, Self-sufficient, Natural Materials, Sotheby’s

This dreamy cluster of cabins houses light-filled live/work spaces in Hokkaido

Japanese architect Makoto Suzuki has carved out a slice of live/work paradise with this cluster of cabins in Hokkaido. While each mono-pitched structure appears to stand independently, the timber-clad buildings are interconnected. The project, called the House in Tokiwa, also achieves harmony with the landscape through the use of natural materials and low-profile structures that embrace nature at every turn. Located near Sapporo, House in Tokiwa comprises a series of structures of varying hei...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Workspace, Cabins, Carousel Showcase, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Timber Architecture, Suzuki, Artist Studio, Full-height Glazing, Natural Materials, Makoto Suzuki, TOKIWA

Soak in views of the Indian Himalayas at this bamboo-clad hotel villa

Perched high on the mountains of Uttarakhand, India sits The Kumaon, a rustic yet elegant hotel with breathtaking Himalayan views. Boasting floor-to-ceiling mountain views, the hotel designed by Zowa Architects seeks to highlight the natural landscape as much as possible with its minimized footprint and use of locally sourced materials. All hotel structures were designed to harvest rainwater that’s stored in a large holding tank at the bottom of the site, while interstitial spaces between build...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Himalayas, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Seasonal Food, Rainwater Harvesting, Northern India, Kumaon, Uttarakhand, Nanda Devi, Almora, Uttarakhand India, Cantilever

Gorgeous site-sensitive home ushers in the outdoors

In Northern California, a spectacular modern home embraces nature in more ways than one. Palo Alto-based Field Architecture designed the spacious residence, named Forty-One Oaks after the property’s oak trees that became the inspirational spark behind the design. The home was envisioned as an extension of the oak-studded landscape, an effect achieved through full-height glazing, a natural materials palette, and preservation of an on-site wildlife corridor through which deer, bobcats, and mountai...
Tags: Design, California, Palo Alto, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Northern California, Steel Roof, Portola Valley, Oaks, Solar Shading, Full-height Glazing, Natural Materials, Field Architecture, Wildlife Corridor, Concrete Walls

Green-roofed house blends beautifully into a Mediterranean landscape

Giuseppe Gurrieri Studio completed a beautiful new home for artists in Sicily complements its Mediterranean environment using natural materials and landscaping. The home, called Casa ECS, was also created with a major focus on sustainability. Powered by renewable energy, the building is topped with a green roof and built with thick earthen walls that ensure effective insulation. . Located in the town of Scicli, the 230-square-meter Casa ECS is set atop a series of terraces that gently cascade...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Mediterranean, Sicily, Tuscany, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Daylighting, Scicli, Retaining Wall, Courtyard, Sustainable Architecture, Terraces, Natural Materials, Solar Studies

Massive eco-resort with a theme park to rise on Vietnams beaches

The Vietnamese government has given the green light to Mui Dinh Ecopark, a massive eco-resort expected to become one of Asia’s largest hospitality and leisure developments. Designed by architecture firm Chapman Taylor’s Bangkok studio, the mega-project will span 1,800 acres and comprise seven hotels for a total of 7,000 rooms in addition to a theme park, 500 villas, casino, beach club, and mountain clubhouse. The project is envisioned as a “sustainable destination.” Set on southern Vietnam’s ...
Tags: Asia, Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Hotel, Vietnam, Resort, Bangkok, Hospitality, Luxury Hotel, Carousel Showcase, Mixed-use, Eco Resort, Ecopark, Natural Materials

Y-shaped German hostel looks at sustainability from all angles

A newly opened youth hostel in Bayreuth, Germany offers much more than just a clean bed and shower—the 180-bed Y-shaped building embraces community, holistic sustainability, and a passion for sports. Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) designed the hostel as an extension of the landscape with natural materials and a curvaceous form that’s organic and contemporary. Commissioned by DJH Bayern, the eye-catching youth hostel takes on a distinctive Y shape chosen “because it cleverly gener...
Tags: Design, Germany, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Lava, Vietnam, Hostel, Carousel Showcase, Modular Architecture, Nha Trang, Atrium, Bayreuth, Amphitheater, Custom Furniture, Local Materials

Dumping ground reborn as a bamboo and rammed-earth community space in Vietnam

H&P Architects dramatically transformed an informal dumping ground in Mao Khe, Vietnam into a beautiful pavilion built mainly of locally sourced bamboo and earth. Named BE (bamboo & earth) friendly space, the structure comprises a zigzagging rammed-earth wall punctuated with multiple openings and topped with bamboo roofing. The project was designed to create a “friendly space in suffocating urban areas” increasingly dominated by concrete. Located in the center of the populous Vietnamese town ...
Tags: Design, Earth, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Community Space, Natural Ventilation, Rammed Earth, Community Project, Local Labor, Natural Materials, H&P Architects, Mao Khe

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