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Beautiful tiny home boasts passive design features and resilient materials to withstand frigid climates

Due to limited space, designing a tiny home can be a very complicated task, but when designing a structure that can withstand extremely frigid temperatures, its a different beast entirely. Just ask Canadian tiny home builders, Minimaliste Houses, who specialize in creating durable tiny homes built to withstand Canadian winters. The designers have just unveiled the gorgeous Ébène Tiny Home, which was designed to be energy-efficient thanks to tight thermal insulation and a hydronic heating floor ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Minimalist, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Tiny Home On Wheels, Tiny Home, Natural Light, Ontario, Off-grid, Tiny Home Design, Tiny Home Living, Interior Design Tiny Home, Beautiful Tiny Homes, Minimaliste Houses


Historic apartment is rehabbed into a bright and modern home in Barcelona

In Barcelona, Spain, a historic apartment in a block of flats dating back to the 1900s has been transformed into a minimalist and modern home. Local design studio Alventosa Morell Arquitectes directed the renovation for clients who wanted a completely renewed space with greater access to daylight. Completed in 2017, the project, called the TS01 Interior Refurbishment, not only offers improved access to natural light and ventilation, but also uncovers original architectural details. Located in...
Tags: Design, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Born, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Minimalist Design, Historic Architecture, Natural Ventilation, Barcelona Spain, Galley Kitchen, Custom Furniture, Refurbishment


Heritage Melbourne home is reborn as a modern dwelling filled with light and views

Fitzroy-based design studio Field Office Architecture has given a small 19th-century Victorian terrace a contemporary facelift with walls of double-glazed glass and crisp, clean lines throughout. Dubbed the Clifton Hill House after the suburb in which it resides, the compact home sits at the end of a row of similar heritage houses and had been given many ad-hoc renovations over the years. The architects stripped back all of the additions to bring in light and views, while improving the home’s e...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Expansion, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Contemporary House, Courtyard, Heritage House, Open-plan, Cross-ventilation, Recycled Brick


Triple-skin facade brings daylight, fresh air and beauty to a tropical home

Hanoi-based design studio Nghia Architect has completed Maison A, a beautiful home that brings to life the cherished childhood memories of the client. Located in Nam Định, a coastal village southeast of Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, the house was created for the client’s aging mother and is large enough to accommodate her children and grandchildren who visit during the holidays. Inspired by the traditional countryside vernacular, Maison A is built for comfortable modern living and features a trip...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Brick, Hanoi, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Perforated Facade, Nam Dinh, Intaglio, Local Materials, Operable Glass, Local Craftsmanship, Nghia Architect, Bat Trang


Solar-Powered smart home in LA can be remotely controlled with a phone

Los Angeles-based general contractor and real estate development firm LA Build Corp has recently completed a single-family custom home that combines luxury modern design with energy-saving smart home technologies. Located in West Hollywood’s Kilkea Drive, the contemporary dwelling is equipped with a full home automation system that allows the homeowners to control multiple aspects of the house—from the sound systems to the window shades—with a touch of a button on their smartphones. Set on a...
Tags: Design, California, La, Los Angeles, Home Automation, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Pool, Halifax, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, West Hollywood, Cedar


Solar screen brings beauty and heat relief to a Vietnam home

When a client approached Vietnamese architecture firm Duc Vien LE for the design of their house in Da Nang, Vietnam, the architects knew early on that the region’s intense summers would prove a major challenge. Rather than rely on energy-intensive air conditioning, the architects mitigated the region’s extreme solar radiation with the addition of a west-facing solar screen that not only brings in cooling breezes, but also adds visual interest to the front of the house. Named the Filtered Wall H...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Bricks, Da Nang, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Contemporary House, Skylight, Passive Solar Principles, Perforated Facade, Atrium, Da Nang Vietnam


Triangular windows bring light and drama to a stunning Bogota bakery

The site of a former house in Bogota has been reborn into a gorgeous bakery and cafe that respects the surrounding residential context. Designed by New York City-based Studio Cadena, the sculptural building draws the eye with oversized triangular windows, a monolithic concrete envelope and contemporary interiors featuring playful terrazzo floors, timber furnishings and pops of greenery. With an area of 7,500 square feet, the restaurant marks Studio Cadena’s second and largest commission for Ma...
Tags: Garden, Design, New York City, Colombia, Architecture, Gallery, Retail, Bakery, Cafe, Brick, Bogota, Jaipur, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Patio, Green Lighting


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


Affordable low-maintenance home embraces the Brazilian landscape in style

Simple and low-cost materials combine in the Itaipu House, a contemporary family home that doesn’t compromise on looks despite its relatively modest construction budget. Architect Samuel Lamas, of the Brasilia-based architecture firm Equipe Lamas, designed the four-bedroom home within a condominium complex near Lago Sul, Brazil. Completed this year for a construction cost of approximately $189,000, the modern dwelling minimizes its energy bills through solar water heaters and passive solar desi...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Plywood, Contemporary House, Suede, BRASILIA, Open-plan, Low Cost Materials, Cross-ventilation, Polished Concrete, Affordable House, Solar Water Heaters


The prefab Plugin House turns ruins into livable dwellings in just one day

Beijing-based design studio People’s Architecture Office has proved yet again its knack for innovation and socially conscious design with its recent project, the Shangwei Village Plugin House. Made with a modular building system of prefabricated panels, these customizable homes can slot into existing structures to make formerly uninhabitable spaces both livable and attractive for far less than the cost of a typical renovation. The experimental dwellings were installed in the Chinese village of ...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Shenzhen, Ruins, Mezzanine, Prefab, Natural Light, Modular Architecture, Skylight, Prefab Housing, Modular Home, Prefab Home, Prefabricated Architecture


MAD Architects curvaceous Himalayas Center nears completion in Nanjing

Beijing-based architecture firm, MAD Architects, is nearing completion on yet another of their massive mountain-inspired projects— the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center. Inspired by the Chinese traditional painting style of ‘shan shui’ (‘mountain water’), the mixed-use development was designed as the “spiritual and poetic retreat in the middle of the city” and features curvaceous forms that mimic Nanjing’s surrounding mountains and waterways. In addition to its impressive mountain-like appearance...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Venice, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Mad Architects, Nanjing, Mixed-use Development, Green Wall, Nature Inspired Architecture, Mountain-inspired Architecture, Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, Recycled Rainwater


Minimalist TRIPTYCH house pulls the Quebec outdoors in

Nestled in the Laurentian Mountains about a hundred kilometers from Montreal is TRIPTYCH, a crisp and contemporary home that blurs the boundaries of indoor and outdoor living. Designed by Montreal-based architecture firm yh2, the residence was built in the image of three interconnected pavilions fitted out in a natural material palette as well as full-height glazing to pull the forested landscape indoors. Envisioned as a “theatrical stage for the surrounding nature,” the sculptural abode was ca...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Montreal, Quebec, Wentworth, Carousel Showcase, Pavilion, Natural Light, Contemporary Architecture, White Oak, Laurentian mountains, Open-plan, Full-height Glazing, Outdoor Terrace, Polished Concrete


MVRDV completes massive, mountain-like vertical village for 5,000 residents in India

A mountain-like residential development has risen in Pune — India’s eighth largest city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — and brought with it 1,068 apartments to house approximately 5,000 people in a single building. Completed as MVRDV’s first project in India, the Future Towers bucks the local standard for cookie-cutter freestanding buildings in favor of a singular mountainous structure with peaks and valleys. The mixture of unit types is meant to encourage interaction amo...
Tags: Asia, Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Apartments, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Courtyard, Pune, MVRDV, Jacob van Rijs, Vastu Shastra, Passageway, Social Spaces


Anderson Architecture revamps a dim heritage home into a modern sun-soaked abode

When Sydney-based design studio Anderson Architecture was asked to improve the livability of an old heritage home in the inner western Sydney suburb of Lewisham, the house suffered from a cold and dark indoor environment. Drawing on their experience on sustainable design, the architects rearranged the home in accordance to passive solar design in a light-filled transformation that earned the project its name, Suntrap. The contemporary renovation has even doubled the thermal efficiency of the li...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Norway, Passive House, Anderson, Carousel Showcase, Reclaimed Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Thermal Efficiency, Rainwater Harvesting


Zaha Hadid Architects completes highly complex Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre

Zaha Hadid Architects completed the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre, a striking mixed-use facility that blends the firm’s iconic sinuous architecture with elements from traditional Chinese culture. Billed as China’s first completely top-down/ bottom-up tower construction, the entire center was constructed in just 34 months and is the largest glass-reinforced concrete development in the country. Sustainability is woven into the highly complex design from the optimization of natural v...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Gallery, Hotel, Moscow, Zaha Hadid, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Mixed-use, Passive Design, Courtyard, Nanjing, Cultural Center, Glass Reinforced Concrete


Geotectura Studio completes an ecological building on a former brownfield in Israel

A former brownfield has been transformed into the remediated site for ECO-TUBES, the Azriel Faculty of Design’s Workshop Building that boasts sustainable construction materials and energy-efficient systems. Designed by architect Joseph Cory of the Israeli architecture studio Geotectura Studio, the recently completed building was developed as part of the planned renovation of Shenkar College’s campus in Ramat Gan, Israel and features recycled and local materials along with non-toxic finishes. ...
Tags: Design, Israel, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Workshops, Vertical Louvers, Passive Solar Principles, Recycled Plastic, Ramat Gan Israel, Ramat Gan, Gottesman, Urban Heat Island Effect, Academic building


Experimental prefab home eschews fossil fuels in Geneva

In the centrally located town of Lancy in Geneva, Switzerland, a compact and experimental timber home bucks the local archetype for concrete-based housing in favor of a more eco-friendly alternative. Swiss architect Leopold Banchini collaborated with engineer Marc Walgenwitz to design the light-filled abode — dubbed the Casa CCFF — using a prefabrication system that minimizes construction costs as well as waste. The small urban home was built for energy efficiency and assembled in just a few da...
Tags: Design, Yves Behar, Architecture, Gallery, Switzerland, Geneva, Insulation, Prefab, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Timber Architecture, Modular Architecture, Modular Design, Solar Gain, Geneva Switzerland, Open-plan


Modern rammed earth home embraces the desert landscape

Named after the way light bounces off of its angled walls and ceilings, Dancing Light is an award-winning dwelling nestled in the desert town of Paradise Valley, Arizona. Local architecture practice Kendle Design Collaborative crafted the custom residence, giving it a sense of drama with pointy pavilion-like rooflines, yet grounded the design through indigenous materials and a desert-inspired color palette. Full-height walls of glass also embrace the landscape and the home is also set up to opt...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Arizona, Desert, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Desert Architecture, Paradise Valley, Kendle Design Collaborative, Rammed Earth, Courtyard, Rammed Earth Walls, Atrium, Paradise Valley Arizona, Modern House Design


Gorgeous, low-maintenance home comprised of dual farmhouse-style buildings

When architect Tim Sharpe and his wife Rani Blancpai decided to build their own home, they knew they wanted a design that would be low-maintenance in terms of energy and upkeep for years to come. To create their ultra-durable and low-energy home, they combined two extended barn-like volumes, clad in both galvanized steel and Australian spotted gum wood, to create a modern farmhouse installed with various passive features. Located in Byron Bay, Australia, on a large lot surrounded by hoop pines...
Tags: Texas, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Natural Light, Home Design, Sharpe, Australian Architecture, Byron Bay Australia, Tim Sharpe, Barn-inspired Homes, Concrete Flooring, Contemporary Home Design, Modern Homes, Hydronic Heating And Cooling


Gorgeous prefab cabin is embedded into the mountainous Norwegian landscape

Located in the mountainous area of Filefjell, Norway, a stunning, solitary cabin peeks out over the snow-covered landscape. Designed by Oslo-based firm Helen & Hard Architects, the beautiful Gubrandslie Cabin, which is made out of prefabricated solid wood panels, is designed to provide a low-impact shelter that can withstand the extreme climate characterized by harsh wind and snow. Located on the border of Jotunheimen National Park, the private, 1,184-square-foot home is sturdy enough to withs...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Cabins, Oslo, Cabin, Prefab, Natural Light, Cabin Design, Resilient Architecture, Prefabricated, Wooden Cabins, Prefab Cabins, Jotunheimen National Park, Helen Hard Architects


The Nogal House saves energy with smart site-specific design

Mexican architecture practice BGP Arquitectura recently completed the Nogal House, a contemporary dwelling in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico that’s shaped by its environment in more ways than one. Named Nogal after the existing type of walnut trees on site, the building features a curved and asymmetrical layout informed by the locations of the trees and site preservation goals. The residence also adopts passive solar principles to minimize its energy footprint and uses insulated double glazing ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Patio, Natural Ventilation, Contemporary Architecture, Double-height Space, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Terrace, Double-glazed Windows, Insulated Glass, Site-specific


MAD Architects to transform an ancient Chinese courtyard into a kindergarten with a "floating roof"

Beijing-based design practice MAD Architects has broken ground on the Courtyard Kindergarten, a striking adaptive reuse project that transform a traditional siheyuan courtyard from the 1700s into the site of a creative and colorful kindergarten. Located in Beijing, the project aims to preserve the cultural heritage of the site while injecting fresh life through the addition of new structures, including a “dynamic floating roof” that surrounds the historic courtyard. As with many of the firm’s p...
Tags: Design, China, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Schools, Restoration, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Mad Architects, Adaptive Reuse, Courtyard, Kindergarten, Chinese architecture, Ma Yansong, Mad Yansong


Gorgeous, energy-efficient retreat rests among Utah's mountains

Danish interior designer Mette Axboe spent months searching for the perfect U.S. location for a family retreat, but the hunt came to an abrupt end once she set sights on an expansive lot of 10 pristine acres overlooking Utah’s picturesque Park City. The mountain range in the background inspired the stunning design, which was conceived as a “looking box” to enjoy the scenery from any point in the home. Axboe worked with architect Chris Price and his firm Park City Design + Build to develop the ...
Tags: Utah, Mountains, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Passive Haus, Park City, Interior Design, Chris, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Retreat, Chris Price, Renan Ozturk, Cedar Homes


Calgary Central Library is wrapped in a striking, snowflake-like facade

Calgary’s new Central Library has just opened its doors to the public — and it’s a thing of elegant, energy-efficient beauty. International architecture firm Snøhetta teamed up with North America-based multidisciplinary design firm DIALOG to create the new main branch of the Calgary Public Library, one of the largest library systems on the continent. Wrapped in a dynamic, triple-glazed facade overlaid in an intricate, hexagonal pattern, the eye-catching library provides 240,000 square feet of e...
Tags: Design, Library, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, North America, Calgary, Modular, Carousel Showcase, Dialog, Natural Light, Public Space, Contemporary Architecture, Reading Room, East Village


A modern home in India stays naturally cool without AC

When Surat-based architect Ankit Parekh of Parekh Collaborative was asked to design a family home in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, one of the prerequisites was for a comfortably cool residence without air conditioning. In response, Parekh turned to ancient, low-tech methods for natural cooling, from decorative yet functional jali screens to stack ventilation. As a result, the house, named Rambaugh, maintains a temperature variation of 6 to 8 degrees year-round. Crafted with a con...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Gallery, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Rainwater Harvesting, Building Materials, Courtyard, Madhya Pradesh, Mughal, Surat, Open-plan, Natural Cooling, Jali, Parekh


Solar-powered Technova College nearly hits net-zero energy in the Netherlands

Designed by Delft-based cepezed and cepezedinterior, the Technova College in Ede has recently opened its doors as the newest branch of the Regional Education Center ROC A12 with a strong focus on sustainability. Powered by energy from a biomass plant and on-site solar panels, the nearly energy-neutral building largely owes its eco-friendly design to an executive consortium (Team Technova) responsible for overseeing maintenance and the energy supply. The school’s highly transparent design fills ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Workshop, Netherlands, Schools, Solar Panels, The Netherlands, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Net Zero, Delft, Roc, Ede, Light-filled, Net Zero Energy, Energy Neutral


An old warehouse is rehabbed into chic apartments in Montreal

A former industrial warehouse in Montreal has been reborn as an airy and modern residential development thanks to the work of local architectural practice Blouin Tardif Architectes. Originally built at the turn of the century, the building has shed its manufacturing persona, yet the adaptive reuse project retains traces of its industrial past with exposed beams, tall ceilings and a brick facade. Dubbed Monument, the renovated building consists of seven contemporary apartments. Located in the h...
Tags: Extension, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Apartments, Manufacturing, Montreal, Warehouse, Brick, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Adaptive Reuse, Monument, Courtyard, Penthouse


A curved tunnel provides an unexpected connection in a renovated, mid-century home

When a well-traveled couple tapped Australian design practice Nic Owen Architects to renovate and expand their modest 1940s home in Hampton, the architecture firm channeled the clients’ love of adventure into a design that boasts elements of mystery and surprise. Connecting the original clicker brick structure to a new extension is a dark tunnel that’s curved to obscure views of either end and to create what the architects call a “surprising adventure,” giving rise to the project’s name, the Jo...
Tags: Extension, Design, Australia, Led, Architecture, Gallery, Expansion, Victoria, Double Glazing, Recycled Materials, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Hampton, Midcentury, Journey House, Tunnel


A floating greenhouse is inserted behind a renovated Belgian home

Urban farming can be tough, especially when it’s in the middle of the densely packed Belgian city of Mechelen. But thanks to the determination of a client “with green fingers” and the clever design thinking of Belgian architecture firm dmvA, a solution was conceived in House TP, a renovation project with a new greenhouse in the rear. In addition to space for growing greens, the transformed property also enjoys greater access to natural light and views of the outdoors. Located next to a church,...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, House, Belgium, Utrecht, Urban Farming, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Patio, Greenhouse, Floating Architecture, Urban Gardening, Terrace, Mechelen


A giant tree grows inside CRAs renovated farmhouse proposal

Italian design office Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled designs for the Greenary, a renovated farmhouse that will be designed around a large, leafy, 50-year-old Ficus tree. Rising to a height of nearly 33 feet tall, the perennial tropical plant will anchor the main living area while the various living quarters will be arranged around the upper canopy. The adaptive reuse project is the first step in CRA’s competition-winning master plan and factory for Mutti, one of the leading tomato brands in...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Italy, Factory, Parma, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Adaptive Reuse, Farmhouse, CRA, Mutti, Perennial, Carlo Ratti Associati, Master Plan