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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


Remote holiday home champions raw materials and minimal environmental impact

Built to embrace the outdoors and radiate a sense of warmth, the Aculco project is an idyllic holiday home set in a pristine and remote landscape in Aculco, Mexico. Mexico City-based architectural firm PPAA designed the dwelling for two outdoors-loving brothers who had discovered the site on a rock climbing trip. Given the property’s isolated location and natural beauty, the project challenged the architects to use locally sourced materials and to minimize the visual and physical impact of the ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Getaway, Carousel Showcase, Minimalist Design, Raw Materials, Locally Sourced Materials, Holiday Home, Minimal Site Impact, Low-maintenance Design, Low Maintenance House, PPAA, Aculco Project, Aculco


A circular home in Germany produces biogas for self-sufficiency

When a German pioneer in the field of biogas technology commissioned Korbach-based Christoph Hesse Architects, he had an unusual request: a round house. Drawn to the shape of a circular room, the client also found that a round form had the optimal proportions for supporting biogas production, which he would use to power his home. Dubbed Villa F, the project was envisioned as the “first link of a local heat grid” powered by biogas to encourage widespread adoption and reduce dependence on fossil ...
Tags: Design, Germany, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Fossil Fuels, Energy Efficiency, Biogas, Biomass, Locally Sourced Materials, Nature Inspired Architecture, Round Home, Circular House, Circular Architecture, Biogas Production, Cylindrical House


Atelier COLE completes eco-friendly bear sanctuary in Vietnam

Phnom Penh-based Atelier COLE recently completed an environmentally friendly bear sanctuary that not only promotes wildlife conservation but also champions affordable prefabricated design. Located in Cát Tiên National Park in the south of Vietnam, the inspiring project was in part influenced by the hard-to-reach location that made the delivery of supplies difficult and time-consuming. As a result, the architects turned to lightweight gabion wall construction that has the added benefit of reduci...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Conservation, Bear, Vietnam, Laos, Green Roof, Gabion Walls, Prefabricated, David Cole, Locally Sourced Materials, Cole, Fruit Trees, Cross-ventilation, Animal Sanctuary


Kengo Kuma suspends a cocoon-like timber dwelling for minimal site impact

Prolific Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates recently worked its magic in the tiny Swiss village of Montricher at the foot of the Jura Mountains. There, the architects designed a contemporary family home that’s partly suspended from an existing concrete canopy and wrapped with timber inside and out. Created for the Jan Michalski Foundation, the cocoon-like dwelling — named Suspended Forest — is meant to further the organization’s mission of fostering literary creation and the p...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Switzerland, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Plywood, Kengo Kuma, Contemporary House, Larch, Locally Sourced Materials, Kengo Kuma and Associates, Jura Mountains, Patina, Suspended Architecture, Writer's Retreat


LEED-seeking winery in Uruguay is built almost entirely of locally sourced materials

Nestled in the bucolic countryside of Garzón, Uruguay, the boutique winery Bodega Garzón produces estate-grown premium wines while keeping sustainability in mind. Designed by Argentina-based architecture firm Bórmida & Yanzón, the winery optimizes energy efficiency with insulating green roofs that total nearly an acre in size, rainwater harvesting and reuse, as well as a high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery. Fitted with state-of-the-art technology, the 205,000-square-foot development is curr...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Argentina, Green Building, Uruguay, Forest Stewardship Council, FSC, British Columbia, Winery, Vineyard, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Green Roof


Locally crafted childrens learning center doubles as an emergency shelter in the Philippines

Scandinavian design studio Native Narrative is raising the bar for after-school facilities in the rural Philippines with their recent completion of the Children’s Learning Center in the Island of Leyte’s Village Mas-in. The facility primarily serves as a child-friendly after-school space during weekdays and weekends, however, it has also been engineered to double as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster. Created in close collaboration with local NGOs and the local government, ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Philippines, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Manila, Plywood, Leyte, Locally Sourced Materials, Pandan, Emergency Shelter, Children Architecture, Local Labor, Native Narrative, Child Car, Child Friendly Space


Reclaimed timber clads a chic pool house near Californian vineyards

California-based architecture and design firm Ro Rockett Design recently added a pool house to a Sonoma County retreat that’s become so alluring, the clients decided to turn it into their full-time residence. Located in the northern California town of Geyserville, the property boasts stunning views of rolling vineyards and the rugged coastal landscape. The Dry Creek Pool House is carefully situated to take advantage of these impressive vistas and features a natural materials palette and minimal...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Pool House, Sonoma County, Stone, Locally Sourced Materials, Geyserville, Californian, Holiday Home, Natural Materials Palette, Indoor Outdoor Living, Saltwater Pool


LEED Gold Gateway Arch Museum sports a 3-acre green roof in St. Louis

Praised for its use of sustainable materials and energy-saving features, the recently renovated Visitor Center and Museum at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis has just been awarded LEED Gold certification. Currently one of only eleven other LEED-certified National Park Service sites, the newly expanded development is the work of Cooper Robertson and James Carpenter Design Associates, in collaboration with Trivers Associates, and marks the centerpiece for the renewal of the 91-acre Gateway Arch Nati...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, National Parks, Recycling, North America, St. Louis, Carousel Showcase, National Park Service, Green Roof, Leed Gold, Locally Sourced Materials, LEED, Eero-saarinen, Gateway Arch, Visitor Center and Museum


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


Climate-responsive H House celebrates the heritage of Kosovo

Recycled materials, energy-saving systems and references to Kosovan culture have been woven throughout the H House, a handsome and contemporary residence in Čaglavica, a village near the Kosovo capital of Pristina. Designed by 4M Group, the home serves as a beacon of optimism and energy-efficiency for the self-declared independent state, which has been defined by a long and troubled history. Sustainability is paramount to the dwelling and is expressed through the adoption of passive deign princ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Energy Efficiency, Kosovo, Recycled Materials, Tirana, Triple Glazed Windows, Passive Solar Principles, Locally Sourced Materials, Pristina, MVRDV, Louvers, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating


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


Floating prefab architecture addresses climate change on Chengdus Jincheng Lake

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi of the firm NLÉ Architects recently unveiled his third iteration on the award-winning Makoko Floating School, a prefabricated building system aimed at addressing “the challenges and opportunities of urbanization and climate change” through sustainable and alternative building typologies. Dubbed the MFS IIIx3, the thought-provoking collection of structures has been set afloat on a lake in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province. The project ...
Tags: Design, China, Nigeria, Architecture, Gallery, Wood, Bamboo, Modular, Sichuan, Chengdu, Lagos, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Floating Architecture, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture


An old warehouse is remade into a stylish hotel with a copper chevron crown

An 80-year-old warehouse has been elegantly remade into the chic Paramount House Hotel, a boutique property that champions sustainable practices in more ways than one. Designed by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture, the adaptive reuse project in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia houses 29 unique rooms as well as a sun-soaked lobby that weaves original architectural features together with contemporary elements. In addition to the sensitive renovation of the historic building, the architects also ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Hotel, Melbourne, Warehouse, Chevron, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse, Copper, Natural Ventilation


This bold, sustainable home will age gracefully near an Indiana wetland

Compact, energy-efficient and built with locally sourced materials, this hillside home takes a low-impact approach to its wetland surroundings in the city of Valparaiso in northern Indiana. Local design firm Bamesberger Architecture completed the home for a client who wanted a relatively small dwelling overlooking a pristine 400,000-square-foot wetland site. Named The Box after its boxy appearance, the home boasts low-energy needs and does not rely on air conditioning, even in the summer Compl...
Tags: Design, Indiana, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Insulation, Wetlands, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Valparaiso, Locally Sourced Materials, Loft, Open-plan, Energy Efficient, Underfloor Heating, Birch-Plywood


Barn-inspired home offers back-to-nature living with a crisp, contemporary twist

Reconnecting with rural roots has never looked better than at Silvernails, a beautiful hillside home fashioned as a rural barn in Rhinebeck, New York. Set on a picturesque 120-acre property near the east side of the Hudson River, the gabled holiday retreat is the first “ground-up” residential work of Manhattan-based Amalgam Studio. In addition to its modern good looks and spectacular outdoor views, Silvernails also boasts an energy-efficient design optimized for cross-ventilation and daylightin...
Tags: New York, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, LEDs, Manhattan, Michigan, Passive House, North America, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Daylighting, Skylight, Hudson River, Hudson Valley


Sculptural Sunset Houses mimic waves with rainwater-collecting roofs

Named after their spectacular sunset views, the Sunset Houses are two seaside homes set into a slope in the idyllic beach town of Tibau do Sul in northeastern Brazil. Architects Mariana Vilela and Daniel F. Florez of the local architecture firm Vilela Florez designed the sculptural pair of homes, which feature bright blue and grounded brown tones to reference the landscape. To reduce the buildings’ environmental footprint, the architects used locally sourced stone and bamboo and engineered the ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Brazil, Bamboo, Lagoon, Carousel Showcase, Swimming Pool, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Collection, Locally Sourced Materials, Pergola, Volcanic Stones, Vilela Florez, Mariana Vilela, Local Stone


LEED Silver museum's shimmering, iridescent facade evokes flames in Kansas

When Boston-based architecture practice Verner Johnson was tapped to design the $17.3 million Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, it saw an opportunity to push back against the area’s new suburban sprawl with a site-specific project. Drawing from the region’s landscape history and their experience with museum design, the architects crafted a building that brings the prairie fires of the American Great Plains to life with a striking flame-inspired facade made with dichroic glass. The...
Tags: Design, Boston, Museum, Architecture, Gallery, Kansas, American Museum of Natural History, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Museum Design, Great Plains, Locally Sourced Materials, Overland Park, Overland Park Kansas, LEED, Limestone


Explore the worlds driest desert at these eco-friendly geodomes

On the coastal edge of northern Chile’s Atacama Desert sits the Piedras Bayas BeachCamp, sustainable lodgings that offer a low-impact stay in the world’s driest desert. Chilean architecture firm MOREAS designed the eco-friendly retreat using local materials, non-contaminant sanitary systems and off-grid energy systems. Billed as a “sustainable tourism station,” the beach camp is oriented toward the water and offers an immersive experience in the virgin landscape. Elevated on stilts, the Piedr...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Chile, Hotel, South America, Desert, Jordan, Carousel Showcase, Atacama Desert, Off-grid, Locally Sourced Materials, Dome, Geodesic Dome, Eco Friendly Hotel


Charming home uses local, natural materials to pay homage to a chestnut tree

Young Czech architecture firm Valarch Studio has completed a modest yet elegant family house built largely of timber to reference the property’s old chestnut tree in the garden. Named the Chestnut House, the home spans a compact footprint of just 840 square feet and comprises two sections: a larger living area and a smaller, green-roofed technical area united via a multifunctional vestibule. All building materials were locally sourced whenever possible with an emphasis on natural materials. W...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Slovenia, Carousel Showcase, Timber Facade, Green Roof, Contemporary Architecture, Loft Bedroom, Locally Sourced Materials, Loft, Double Height Room, Charred Timber, Outdoor Terrace, Jakub Skokan, Chestnut Tree


Breezy Ecuadorian brick home on stilts embraces cool tropical winds

Ecuadorian architecture firm Natura Futura Arquitectura has completed the Stilts House, an elevated brick home that opens up to the outdoors with a perforated facade. Located in General Villamil, a coastal canton of the province of Guayas, the Stilts House celebrates the UNESCO-recognized region’s superb climate and culture of great craftsmanship through its site-specific design. Built of local natural materials and concrete, the home spans 1,722 square feet across two floors. Named after its...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Unesco, Gallery, House, Ecuador, Bricks, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Natural Ventilation, Concrete, Perforated Facade, Locally Sourced Materials, Pillars, Villamil


Stay in a dreamy treehouse inside an ancient English forest

A magical treehouse retreat has opened its doors in the village of Lee in England’s stunning North Devon region. Built largely by hand, this luxurious one-bedroom rental is dressed in a combination of reclaimed and modern materials. Set within remote woodland, the Treehouse Retreat immerses guests in a private paradise in nature without sacrificing modern comforts. Built to sleep two, the two-story Treehouse Retreat is clad in locally sourced cedar charred using Shou Sugi Ban, a Japanese tech...
Tags: England, Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Mayfair, Tripadvisor, Forest, Treehouses, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Treehouse, Reclaimed Materials, Retreat, Lee, Locally Sourced Materials


A net-zero modern farmhouse kicks off a sustainable community in Texas

When a pair of retired ordained ministers set their sights on creating a sustainable community for “spiritual renewal,” the couple turned to Austin-based design practice Miró Rivera Architects to bring their vision to life. Located on a 47-acre meadow property in Texas, the recently completed Hill Country House serves as the community’s first housing prototype and as a private residence for the clients. Affectionately dubbed “The Sanctuary” by its owners, the spacious farmhouse-style abode comb...
Tags: Texas, Design, Austin, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Solar, Green Building, Geothermal Energy, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Farmhouse, Rainwater Collection, Locally Sourced Materials, Sustainable Community, Modern Farmhouse


Escape to paradise in this nature-inspired surf hotel in Costa Rica

A beloved surfer hangout has been transformed into the stunning Gilded Iguana Hotel, a breezy and contemporary getaway that, despite its updated amenities, still exudes its original laid-back atmosphere. Located in the Costa Rican beach town of Nosara, the existing hotel was expanded and redesigned under the direction of Studio Saxe, a San Jose-based architecture firm renowned for its beautiful boutique hotel designs. Together with the owners, the architects sensitively restored and revitalized...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Architecture, Gallery, Hotel, San Jose, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Costa Rica, Historic Preservation, Green Renovation, Boutique Hotel, Eco Travel, Energy Saving, Passive Solar Design, Locally Sourced Materials


An energy-efficient extension in Melbourne captures the owners adventurous spirits

A century-old Edwardian home has been updated with an airy and environmentally-friendly extension in Melbourne, Australia. Commissioned by clients who had recently returned to Melbourne to settle down after years of working and traveling overseas, the renovated dwelling — called the Glide House — was crafted by local architecture firm Ben Callery Architects to serve as a space that would embody the clients’ adventurous spirits. The extension’s butterfly roof adds sculptural flair to the new bui...
Tags: Extension, Design, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Expansion, Energy Efficiency, Insulation, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Melbourne Australia, Eaves, Locally Sourced Materials


Award-winning Palm Springs home embraces the California climate in sustainable style

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Poon Design Inc. has crafted a luxury residence that eschews the mid-century modern style for a more minimalist and contemporary design fitted out with sustainable technologies. Dubbed ‘Museum Modern,’ the Linea Residence G serves as a production home that the architect and developer say can be completed for a “record low construction cost,” totaling one-fourth the cost per square foot of typical high-end residences in Southern California. The all-white house...
Tags: Design, California, Los Angeles, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Panels, Palm Springs, Taco Bell, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Locally Sourced Materials, American Institute of Architects, Passive Cooling, Mid Century Modern, Sustainable Architecture, Production House


Solar-powered Swiss home uses prefabrication to minimize site impact

Ralph Germann architectes has completed the House MW, a contemporary prefabricated home designed to overlook views of the Lac de Joux in Vallee de Joux, Switzerland. Built for a couple and their child on a budget, the dwelling was constructed using prefab systems to reduce waste, costs, and site impact. The home was built with a concrete “skeleton” clad in locally sourced spruce with fiberglass insulation. Created as a modern home with traditional farmhouse influences, the House MW is topped ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Switzerland, Solar Panels, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Gable-roof, Prefab Housing, Locally Sourced Materials, Spruce, Terrace, Vallee de Joux, Prefabricated Architecture, Heat Pump


A 1920 Swiss barn is reborn as a modern home for a family of five

Swiss design studio Ralph Germann architectes has overhauled an old drafty barn into a beautiful contemporary home with a new timber annex. Located in the rural village of Orsières in southeast Switzerland, the barn renovation and expansion project was commissioned by a family of five who sought a modern and light-filled abode. The adaptive reuse project—named the House EKC—was built with locally sourced materials and is equipped with an air-water heat pump, solar thermal panels, and dimmable L...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Switzerland, LEDs, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Thermal Insulation, Adaptive Reuse, Timber, Barn, Locally Sourced Materials, Barn Renovation, Val Ferret, Orsieres


Gorgeous barn is built of reclaimed, century-old oaks from the site itself

In 2017, Dutch design firm HilberinkBosch Architects found out that seven of their century-old oak trees were in ailing health and would need to be cut down. Instead of sending the oaks to the paper mill, the architects decided to try their hand at building a timber barn using traditional construction techniques. The result—called the Sixteen-Oak Barn—was a stunning success that combines modern and rustic features with large panels of glazing and untreated timbers. The idea for a barn came fr...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, The Netherlands, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Timber Construction, Barn, Locally Sourced Materials, Loft, Hertogenbosch, Oak Trees, Wamberg, Local Materials, Solar Fins, Board Formed Concrete


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