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This beekeepers workshop uses sustainable design to minimize its footprint

In a bid to save northern Brazil’s rainforests from deforestation and land exploitation, São Paulo-based architecture firm Estudio Flume has recently completed Casa do Mel, a beekeepers workshop that serves as a self-sustainable business alternative to logging operations. Located in the Canaã dos Carajás in the Pará Estate of Brazil, the workshop serves a co-operative of beekeepers formed by 53 rural producers. To reduce site impact, the building follows passive solar principles and incorporate...
Tags: Design, Sustainable Business, Architecture, Gallery, Deforestation, Brazil, Passive Solar, Mel, Sao Paulo, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Rainwater Harvesting, Beekeeping, Organic Waste, Gray Water, Banana Trees


Rammed earth addition brings light and energy savings to a Melbourne home

When a growing family needed extra living space, they turned to Australian design studio Steffen Welsch Architects to create an eco-friendly extension for their California Bungalow home. For the main construction material, the architects used rammed earth — a material with low embodied energy and high thermal mass — and created an arced extension that curves to capture warmth and light from the sun. Passive solar principles also largely dictated all parts of the design process, from the zoning ...
Tags: Extension, Design, California, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Melbourne, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Natural Ventilation, Rammed Earth, Passive Solar Principles, Sustainable Architecture, California Bungalow, Insulated Glass


Boutique Ibiza hotel sports a checkerboard facade to take in cooling breezes

Barcelona-based studio Ribas & Ribas Architects has transformed an old apartment building into Hotel Sir Joan Ibiza, a contemporary and chic boutique hotel designed with sustainability in mind. Located in the heart of the Spanish island of Ibiza, the building has been restyled to include 38 rooms and suites dressed to reflect the island’s nautical elements, from stripped wood yacht floors to porthole-inspired vanity mirrors. Its eye-catching, checkerboard-like facade features openings that take...
Tags: Design, Tel Aviv, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Ibiza, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Old Town, Boutique Hotel, Adaptive Reuse, Natural Ventilation, Stainless Steel, Carrara Marble


Green-roofed timber dwelling in Austria is built with recycled materials

In the historic Austrian village of Purkersdorf, Vienna-based architectural practice Juri Troy Architects has completed the L House, a timber home named after its L-shaped form integrated with sustainable design elements. Built with numerous recycled materials, the house forms a strong connection with nature from its green roof to its large windows that sweep views of the bucolic outdoors in. Nestled into a southern slope above the village of Purkersdorf, the 3,450-square-foot L House boasts ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Vienna, Gallery, House, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Natural Light, Green Roof, Natural Ventilation, Open-plan, Natural Pool, Terrace, Cantilevered, Floor To Ceiling Glazing


A modern timber house in Indonesia celebrates mummified wood

When Bandung-based architectural studio Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture was asked to renovate an old house in the West Java neighborhood of Kiaracondong in Indonesia, they made a surprising discovery. During the demolition process, the architects found that the wooden roof truss structure was in very good condition, despite its age, thanks to a culturally significant type of timber, a kind of Albizzia wood that’s been mummified to improve strength and durability. Described by the architects as...
Tags: Design, Indonesia, Architecture, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Timber Cladding, Bandung, West Java, Atrium, House Renovation, Albizzia House, Albizzia wood


Net-zero Maine house is designed to blend into the forest with age

When the owner of a beautiful natural site in Falmouth, Maine tapped Portland-based architectural studio Kaplan Thompson Architects to design his house, it was clear from the beginning that the forested surroundings would play a major role in the design. Not only did the architects use a predominately timber palette to bring the woods indoors, but the two-story home was also engineered to produce all of its own energy to reduce impact on the environment. Dubbed the Blackwood House, the net-zero...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Portland, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Net-zero Energy, Net-zero Architecture, Low Maintenance, Triple Glazed Windows, Falmouth, Portland Maine, Patina, Full-height Glazing, Falmouth Maine


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


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


A green veil of plants protects this home from Ho Chi Minh City's heat

In the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s concrete jungle, a compact family home has been infused with greenery thanks to the work of Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Dubbed the Breathing House, the property is located in an extremely dense neighborhood on a plot measuring just 12.8 feet in width and 58.4 feet in length. To provide a connection to nature despite the constrained urban conditions, the architects wrapped three sides of the home in a “green veil” made of creeper pla...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Green space, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Natural Light, Green Architecture, Vertical Garden, Solar Heat Gain, Natural Ventilation, Roof Terrace, Vines, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Green Screen


Snhetta completes LEED Gold-seeking crystal workshop for Swarovski

International architecture firm Snøhetta is breaking the mold for industrial architecture with its contemporary and light-filled production facility for Swarovski Manufaktur. Designed to meet LEED Gold standards, this “crystal workshop for the 21st century” offers a spacious environment conducive for collaboration between the departments of design, product development and production. Wrapped in glare-free glass, the building also features glazing throughout the interior to emphasize lightness a...
Tags: Design, Austria, Gallery, Innsbruck, Forum, Workspace, Energy Efficiency, Natural Light, Daylight, Swarovski, Leed Gold, Office Space, Wattens, Snohetta, LEED, Snøhetta


A 1970 home gets a modern, light-filled revamp in Santiago

When a family with three children sought a modern refresh for their aging home in the commune of Las Condes in Santiago, they turned to local architecture firm Cristobal Vial Arquitectos to lead the redesign. The house — which belongs to a set of 25 one-story homes originally designed by architects Christian de Groote, Victor Gubbins and Hector Mery — already enjoys access to two gardens, one to the north and the other to the south. The green renovation emphasized these garden views by strippin...
Tags: Design, Mixed Media, Architecture, Gallery, Santiago, Expansion, Gardens, Green Renovation, Natural Light, Skylight, Exposed Concrete, Las Condes, Cristobal Vial Arquitectos, Golfo de Darien House, Thermopanel Crystals, Radiant Slab System


A prefab home in Sydney celebrates indoor-outdoor living

Constructed in a Melbourne factory in just 12 weeks, this elegant, prefab home in Sydney offers indoor-outdoor living without compromising thermal comfort. First designed by Sydney-based architectural practice Fox Johnston, the home’s concept was later refined by Australian design/build firm Modscape while honoring the architect’s design intent and the client’s demands. The prefabricated, two-story family home taps into solar design principles to prevent solar heat gain and to ensure comfortabl...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Melbourne, Modular, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Skylights, Solar Heat Gain, Modular Architecture, Prefab Housing, Passive Design, OAK, John Madden


A midcentury warehouse becomes a vibrant office for creatives

Australian architecture and interior design firm Studio 103 has given a tired warehouse on Melbourne’s Hoddle Street in Abbotsford a new lease on life as their new modern and light-filled workplace. The adaptive reuse project sensitively references the building’s manufacturing history, from retaining existing architectural elements to the application of an industrial-inspired material palette. The rehabbed structure now serves as a modern and agile workplace that prioritizes health and wellbein...
Tags: Design, Australia, Office, Architecture, Gallery, Melbourne, Factory, Warehouse, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Adaptive Reuse, Abbotsford, McCormack, Timber Trusses, Polished Concrete, Floor To Ceiling Windows


This light-filled home and office in Portugal blurs indoors and out

On the outskirts of Ílhavo, Portugal, architect Maria Fradinho of the firm FRARI – architecture network recently designed and built her own industrial-inspired home and office using a modern and playful house-within-a-house concept. Sandwiched between two red-shingled homes, the contemporary abode stands in stark contrast to its more traditional neighbors. Dubbed the Arch House, the dwelling was named after the “theatricality” of its facade, a simple gabled shape with strong geometric lines and...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Portugal, Slovakia, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, House Within A House, Contemporary Architecture, Industrial Chic, Vista Alegre, Open-plan, Ilhavo Portugal, Full-height Glazing, Ílhavo, Gabled Roof


How to emulate dappled natural light in the studio using flash

Sometimes the hardest lighting setups to achieve are actually the ones that look the easiest. For years I’ve wanted to emulate that dappled lighting you see through leaves on a sunny day, or that rippled light you see at the bottom of a swimming pool when the wind catches the water. Like I said, this […] The post How to emulate dappled natural light in the studio using flash appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Tutorials, Natural Light, Portrait Photography, Jake Hicks, Dappled Light, Studio Photograph, Flash Photographyy


A modern vacation retreat is embedded into the rolling hills of southern Portugal

Tucked into the rolling meadows of Southern Portugal’s Alentejo region, a beautiful 2,691-square-foot vacation home holds court in an idyllic area that is perfect for disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Cercal House, designed by Lisbon-based studio Atelier Data, boasts a Mediterranean style that is embedded into the landscape in order to blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. One of the most complicated challenges for the architects was the site’s problematic...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Portugal, Energy Efficiency, Vacation, Mediterranean, Vacation Home, Lisbon, Minimalist, Natural Light, Home Design, Landscape Architecture, Retreat, Alentejo, Richard John Seymour


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