This tiny cabin on the Greece-Turkey border generates 100% of its own energy

May 14, 2018 by  
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Istanbul-based studio SO? Architecture & Ideas has completed a tiny off-grid cabin perfect for reconnecting with the outdoors. Located in a village on the Turkish-Greek border, the Cabin on the Border is a prefabricated and transportable unit constructed of laminated wood and polycarbonate. As a modern take on the traditional cabin vernacular, this tiny, sustainably minded structure is equipped with solar panels and a rainwater catchment system as well as an adaptable interior design. Designed to capture the “back-to-nature” aesthetic, the 194-square-foot Cabin on the Border is set in a field of mustard greens and raised off the ground to minimize site impact . “We tried to envision the nature not only as a picturesque background but also as a protagonist of the scenes we will create,” said the architects, who cited the challenges of living with Mother Nature – including mosquitos and storms. To mitigate the ever-changing weather, the architects designed the off-grid cabin with operable facades that can adapt to different climate conditions. Related: This prefab movable house can be assembled anywhere A drawbridge-style door at one end of the cabin tilts outwards to form a patio, while the polycarbonate window can pivot upwards to form a glazed canopy, effectively opening up the living area to the outdoors. The plywood-lined interior includes three sleeping spaces—one next to the drawbridge-styled opening and the others tucked above—as well as a bathroom and open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living space. Solar panels cover the roof of the off-grid unit. + SO? Architecture & Ideas Images via SO? Architecture & Ideas

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

May 14, 2018 by  
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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 . Built in 2000, the two-bedroom, one-bath home comes with an adjacent cottage set on 1.8 acres. The 1,968-square-foot main property is set on 3.5 acres of land with a private beach frontage and a boat dock. Only accessible by boat, the off-grid property feels completely secluded despite the fact that its only minutes away from Marco Island, Isles of Capris and Naples. Related: Florida power company scraps nuclear project, will pursue solar power instead Built largely of timber to complement the island setting, both properties stay naturally cool with long eaves , tall ceilings, and large openings that admit cross breezes. On days of unbearable heat however, air conditioning always remains an option in the main home, which is powered entirely by solar energy. The property is equipped with a backup generator, while water is harvested in cisterns and treated through a four-part filtration system. + 11781 Little Marco Island Images via Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

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Angular timber huts tap into Estonias ancient identity

March 6, 2018 by  
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This cluster of angular timber huts is more than just easy on the eyes—its light-filled design also pays homage to Estonia’s ancient past. KUU architects designed Cottage in Muraste as a modern take on the archetypal koda, timber structures that were built in Estonia as early as the 3rd millennium BCE. The project comprises three units set on a raised timber deck with cutouts for tree trunks to grow through. Located Muraste village in northern Estonia, the 77-square-meter Cottage in Muraste features three timber-framed cabins . Estonia’s early wigwam-like timber construction partly inspired the angular building forms, optimized for natural light. Natural larch clads the walls and roofs of two of the buildings, while the sauna is painted with tar oil for striking contrast. Related: This rustic Norwegian cabin looks like four different buildings all joined together The home’s three ‘koda’ units include separate spaces for a sauna , a living room with a kitchen, and a bedroom with bathroom. The primary living areas are located side by side and are directly connected. Large windows let in light and frame views of the Baltic Sea . “Between the main house and the sauna there is a large terrace connecting every function of the summerhouse and creating outdoor ‘nests’ for each function,” wrote the architects. + KUU architects Via ArchDaily Images © Tõnu Tunnel

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The fhlo bottle keeps you hydrated and helps get water to those in need

March 29, 2016 by  
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The fhlo bottle is a reusable water bottle designed to keep you hydrated and make an impact. Every purchase of a fhlo bottle  helps keep well water flowing for those in need through The Adventure Product, which creates jobs and restores wells in developing nations. The design is a modern take on the fuel canisters used to transport water back and forth from the wells in developing nations. The opening clasp is a cam style latch and the transparent front allows you to keep tabs on your liquid levels. It features a 1/3 volume indicator reminding you when its time to fill up and representing the broken wells you’re helping restore. The bottle is designed to be unique so it can act as an iconic symbol that can get the conversation started about getting water to those who need it. + Support fhlo on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Solar-powered FlipFlic transforms ordinary blinds into self-adjusting smart windows

March 29, 2016 by  
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If you want to make your home more comfortable, livable, and energy-efficient, home automation is for you. One fantastic and affordable example of home automation is the FlipFlic , a solar-powered device that adjusts your window blinds based on sunlight, temperature , or customized app settings. Small and elegant, the FlipFlic is easy to install and can be attached to any existing window blinds—vertical or horizontal—and is outfitted with sensors that automatically respond to changing conditions. The device also comes with a smartphone app so that you can open or close your blinds instantly with just a tap of a finger. Want to get your hands on FlipFlic? Head over to their Kickstarter campaign where you can get a FlipFlic at a special early-bird price. + FlipFlic The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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VW’s electric BUDD-e van revives the iconic Microbus with a 373-mile driving range

January 6, 2016 by  
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In the early 2000’s Volkswagen teased Microbus fans with the prospect of launching an all-electric VW van . That dream just got a whole lot closer, as Volkswagen has unveiled a modern take on its iconic microbus at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new BUDD-e has an estimated driving range of 373 miles on a single charge, and its battery can recharge up to 80% in 20 minutes flat. Read the rest of VW’s electric BUDD-e van revives the iconic Microbus with a 373-mile driving range

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