Amagansett Dunes house is a passively cooled family home surrounded by rolling dunes

February 2, 2016 by  
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Camouflaged Thoreau cabin in the woods of Utrecht has no running water or electricity

November 24, 2015 by  
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David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

February 17, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS] Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIA Homes Tours , AIA SF , architecture and the city festival , david baker , energy positive , Green Building , leed for homes , LEED platinum , net zero , passive house , San Francisco , Sustainable Building , Zero Cottage        

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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

February 17, 2014 by  
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Artist Calvin Seibert Sculpts Mindblowing Modernist Sandcastles in Hawaii

February 17, 2014 by  
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Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

August 13, 2012 by  
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Garrison Architects’ Koby Cottage is a Beautiful Prefabricated Woodland Retreat

March 9, 2012 by  
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The Koby Cottage was designed by Garrison Architects for a boarding school for troubled teens in order to allow families to visit with their children in a private, domestic setting surrounded by nature. The 1,100 square foot prefab cottage consists of two modules raised and separated for light, space and privacy. Koby is the first building constructed using the KFS (Kullman Frame System), an extremely strong and efficient modular space frame system consisting of hollow tubular steel and allowing large cantilevers and window openings. 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! Read the rest of Garrison Architects’ Koby Cottage is a Beautiful Prefabricated Woodland Retreat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “prefabricated housing” , “sustainable architecture” , Garrison Architects , green architecture , Green Building , green design , KFS prefab system , koby cottage , Kullman Frame System , prefab building , prefab house , prefabricated architecture , sustainable design

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Green-Roofed Norwegian Summer Home Blends in With its Beautiful Surroundings

February 16, 2012 by  
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This rebuilt summer lodge in Skåtøy, Norway by Filter Arkitekter blends into its beautiful surroundings while keeping a small environmental footprint.  The owners wanted a cottage that opened up to the stunning views of the Kragerø Archipelago but also had privacy indoors and out. The 1,075 square foot home gives them just that as well as a sedum-covered living roof and a natural interior made from stone and untreated wood. Read the rest of Green-Roofed Norwegian Summer Home Blends in With its Beautiful Surroundings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Green Building , green design , green roof , Green Summer House , Living Roof Homes , natural home , Norway Green Home , Small home , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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City Cottage: Set to reconnect human’s relationship with nature

August 22, 2011 by  
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B Phanindra Kumar: City Cottage Designed by Verstas Architects Most of us have read the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. The writer depicted the two things—the beauty of the woods and the busy mechanical life. Yes, the nature and humans are interlinked and are inseparable. However, caught in the rat race of earning money, one is moving far from the nature that has been resulting in the increased crime rate and corrupted minds. Though a few people want to at least spend their weekends in woods but they do not find any scope for the same. In order to reconnect the relation of human with nature, Finland based Verstas Architects has come out with City Cottage. Picture Gallery City Cottage City Cottage by Verstas Architects This City Cottage is a family resident—a home away from the home built on the city out skirts and in a nature preserve. The cottage is covered with lush green from all sides. Besides, one can pamper his ears and ignite the senses by listening to the birds chirping and smelling the fresh budding flowers. City Cottage is a 14-meter-cabin, and has everything neatly equipped in it; from sofas to well designed kitchen with stove, kettle and other utensils. The walls of the cottage are made of plywood and glass. One can enjoy relaxing on the sofa while staring at the woods from the see through glasses of the wall. A family can come to this place for picnic too. Best part is the location, which is just a few miles away from the civilization. Therefore, one can easily reach the city area by just peddling a bicycle in an emergency. A great design by Verstas Architects. Via: Designboom

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10 ways to recycle beer bottles and cans

August 22, 2011 by  
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Shoib: recycled beer bottle recycled beer bottle What do you do with your empty beer cans and bottles? Throw it in the dustbins. But do you know that these cans and bottles can be used to design marvelous sculptures? Here’re 10 ways to recycle beer bottles and cans. Read on. 1. Beer bottle chandelier This chandelier is made of 52 empty beer bottle. Recycled bottle art is a thing worth promoting as it will prevent environment from getting ruined. This chandelier is much cheaper than chandelier made of fancy glasses, so it is a good thing for those who want to add that special feeling to their house without spending huge bucks for it. This chandelier has eight bulbs on two levels and the design can be altered as per customer’s requirements. 2. Buddhist temple made from one million beer bottles Recycling is a great technology and some Thai monks have taken it to the next level by designing a temple using recycled bottles of beer. The temple named Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple designed by the monks from Sisaket province is made up of a million recycled beer bottles. The monks have used green colored bottles of Heineken Beer and brown colored bottles of Chang Beer to build this temple. 3. Bottle solar heater Chinese carpenter Ma Yanjunx is not a renowned designer but a simple villager from Shaanxi Province who has designed and built a solar water heater using beer bottles and hose pipes. Ma has fixed the bottles on a board and these bottles are connected with hose pipes to allow the entry of cold water. The board faces the sun and the water inside the bottle gets heated when the sun rays fall on them. Ma came up with this unique solar heater as he wanted to give warm water to her mother to take bathe in winters. 4. Beer can clipboard You can use beer can to design several small items which can be used as decorative pieces in your homes. You can design an airplane, guitar, trumpet and things like that using empty beer cans. 5. Beer can house Most of us prefer to throw things after using them but there are some who prefer not to throw things in dustbin and try to use the used articles to come up with something artistic and useful. Beer can house is the result of such thinking and vision. The empty cans are used brilliantly to design a house which looks beautiful and unique. 6. Recycled radio We all listen to radio but how many of us listen to green radio? The green here means technology of recycling. Some South African visionary has come up with a radio, which is made up of used beer cans, tops of the bottles and scrap metal. The casing of the radio is made up of beer cans and bottle tops. 7. Beer bottle as a brick Alfred Heineken, who is a beer brewer by profession, came up with an idea of using beer bottle as a brick and Dutch architect John Habraken designed the “brick that holds beer”. Heineken was visiting the Caribbean island when the idea of the Heineken WOBO (world bottle) hit him. The WOBO comes in two sizes – 350 and 500 mm versions. 8. Recycled vase Modern eco-friendly products industry is based on recycling and the Transglass vase is just another example of designing aesthetically rich products using recycled materials. Emma Woffenden has given a new meaning to the word recycling through Transglass vases, which come in various shapes, sizes and colors. The Transglass vase is worth $38 and upwards which means that recycled materials are not always cheap. 9. Beer urban glasses Have you ever thought of using unused beer bottles as spectacles? Most probably, the answer would be “no” but someone has made urban spectacles using unused beer glasses. The glasses look one of a kind and yes they are eco-friendly. It’s certain that the person who will wear these glasses will stand out in a crowd. 10. Recycled beer art Benjamin Franklin once said that “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Beer is definitely a unique thing and not many things can match its qualities. But what is the use of empty beer bottles? The answer will be trash, but not all people think so and some are recycling these bottles to design artful pieces of arts.

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