Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sustainable & Offgrid

Sustainable & Offgrid
Building a home often means flattening the plot of land set to be developed, effectively destroying what made the site interesting in the first place. However, when trying to design something truly beautiful we find that architecture can only be...
Green roofs have plenty to offer. Not only are they architecturally interesting, they have a drastic effect on reducing a building's carbon footprint. Covering any roof in a thick layer of properly drained vegetation naturally insulates the interior, but also...
There comes a time in most of our lives when you need to switch gears, or maybe even swap your entire car; change your job, your relationship, or your outlook. That's what Elora Hardy did when she left her...
In a small rural province outside of Cape Town, South Africa sits this up-cycled shipping container; fitted and fashioned as part of a humanitarian design competition aimed at providing underprivileged farm children a safe place to learn, study and, of...
Who needs doors, right? That's exactly what Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects said when he designed this pair of isolated structures off the coast of New Zealand. The cabins are completely open air and can be entered via a large square...
This egg-shaped capsule may look like something from outer space, but it's being developed here on planet earth by Bratislava's Nice Architects. The concept brings a micro shelter with an impressive array of sustainable technology that includes solar power,...
Sometimes it's the little things that remind us of the beauties of nature, and the importance of place. The "Sky House" designed by Vancouver based Platform Architects and set in the dusty, rolling planes of Eastern Washington single-handily juggles the stark juxtaposition...
That thick green film that collects on rocks at the floor of a body of water may just be the solution to the excess CO2 in our atmosphere. In the past two decades researchers have been searching for ways to...
The American Institute of Architects has announced its 10 Best Green Buildings of 2015. The following structures make a point to champion sustainability and energy conservation without sacrificing cutting-edge design or functionality. 1. The Bullitt Center. Seattle, Washington This office building, opened...
When most folks build a "bug-out" shelter for the approaching end-of-days scenario, they take a fairly straightforward approach. Dig a hole, bury a container, hide lots of water, and just enough supplies to survive. Not this guy. He wanted a...