The SPACE pod from IO House lets you go off-grid in style

July 5, 2018 by  
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Who says that off-grid living is in conflict with living in style? Not the designers behind The SPACE, a portable pod that allows you to go off-grid easily and harmoniously while still enjoying modern features and conveniences. Combining sustainable living with luxury comfort, The SPACE from IO House can be placed anywhere you go, from a river’s edge to a forest clearing. All you need to bring along is a smart device to connect, and this off-grid pod will provide the rest: water, electricity, heat and WiFi. In addition, each detail in The SPACE has been designed to be aesthetically pleasing while also remaining ecologically friendly. Related: Escapod’s rugged Topo trailer lets you live off-grid in any environment With this portable pod home, IO House wanted to show that eco-friendly living can be a way of life without sacrificing modern amenities, conveniences and luxuries. Designed to take the dweller away from the stresses of everyday living in bustling cities, The SPACE is the result of dedicated design details that synchronize with the use of a smartphone to give the dweller ultimate control over his or her home. In order to provide unity with the natural world, IO House eschewed synthetic materials when designing the pod, using wood, wool, glass and metal in their place. The SPACE’s windows also link the home’s interior with the surrounding environment, furthering the residents’ connection to the outdoors. Inside the off-grid home, residents can take advantage of the smart home technology, controlling heat, electricity and more with the touch of a button. The full kitchen includes a dishwasher, gas stove, refrigerator, washing machine, coffee maker (with hot water and a steamer), and water purifier. + IO House Via ArchDaily

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Tiny tea room offers a spot of respite in a bustling Japanese subway station

February 2, 2016 by  
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Japan’s bustling cities can feel overwhelming, which is why Takahiro Fukuda Architecture designed a tiny tea room to provide a bit of quiet respite. Illuminated by LEDs, the miniature pop-up space mimics the set up a tradition tea ceremony room and fits two tatami mats measuring 1,800 millimeters by 1,800 millimeters. Designed to be placed in large subway concourses, the lightweight structure is constructed from off-shelf and reusable materials and is easy to dismantle and move. “This tiny tearoom gives us a pleasant moment of refreshing and makes us feel tranquil,” write the architects. “It enhances to rethink and ponder the reevaluation of our everyday life.” + Takahiro Fukuda Architecture 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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INFOGRAPHIC: Ending our fossil fuel addiction by 2050

February 2, 2016 by  
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The world is totally hooked on fossil fuels, and this fatal addiction has us living on borrowed time, facing climate change that threatens to wipe out life on this planet . But while we remain dangerously over-reliant on fossil-fuel power right now, it isn’t too late to make a change. If we take steps in the right direction we can beat our addiction. To safeguard the future, we must spark an energy revolution and if we do, we could end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050. This infographic shows how it could be done. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Ending our fossil fuel addiction by 2050

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