See how the "Kiss-Kiss House" snaps in half like a branch to embrace the landscape

March 2, 2017 by  
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Homes built to embrace the landscape, rather than working against it, always seem to have a good story to tell. The Kiss-Kiss House, a prefabricated home that gets its name from its linear shape broken into two bars kissing at an angle to frame the existing bedrock, is no exception. Designed by Minneapolis-based Lazor Office , the cedar-clad home is perched above bedrock on the shore of the remote Rainy Lake in Ontario. Inspired by driftwood, the Kiss-Kiss House is clad in unpainted cedar panels that also help blend the home into its forested surroundings. The home’s main structure, made up of two modules set at an angle, is set atop bedrock and is thus raised with elevated pathways that also preserve and frame the rock. Views of the water were prioritized and embraced through floor-to-ceiling , full-length glass on the lakeside facades of the two modules. The home’s elevated position and uninterrupted views create the sensation of floating over water when in the home. Related: Apple design director perfects a prefab home into an ultra-minimal, modern dwelling “At the kiss line between two prefabricated modules, the lineal form of the house snaps like a branch held together only by bark,” writes Lazor Office. “The open break forms a V-shaped outdoor room facing the water.” The larger of the two modules contains the master suite, kitchen, and lounge, while the other module houses the playroom, mudroom, and two bedrooms. The private areas are located at the ends of the modules, whereas the communal areas are closely linked together by the breezeway . Elevated walkways connect the modular home to a walled vegetable garden, dock house, and garage. + Lazor Office Images via Lazor Office

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Research reveals the Earth may have once had a solid egg-like crust

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Extending the symbolism of eggs as a metaphor for life and reproduction, recent research reveals the Earth itself may have once had an egg-like structure. According to a report from the University of Maryland , the plate tectonics that now define the Earth’s geology may have begun later in the planet’s history. Before the plates began moving and colliding to define the surface we know and love today, the Earth’s crust likely consisted of a solid but deformable shell encasing a molten liquid interior. The research, a joint effort between the UMD’s College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Curtin University and the Geological Survey of Western Australia , was recently published in the journal Nature, and represents the latest in a longstanding debate over the Earth’s geological history. One side of the debate says plate tectonics began right after the Earth started to cool (known as uniformitarianism), while the other proposes the planet went through a long phase with a solid shell enveloping it. This latest study clearly favors the latter view. Models for how the first continental crust formed generally fall into two groups: those that invoke modern-style plate tectonics and those that do not, says Michael Brown, a professor of geology at the University of Maryland and a co-author of the study. “Our research supports the latter ‘stagnant lid’ forming the planet’s outer shell early in Earth’?s history. Related: Geologists find seventh continent hiding in plain sight Coming to this conclusion was no easy task. Brown and his team studied rocks collected from the East Pilabara Terrane – a large area of ancient crust located in Western Australia . As old as 3.5 billion years, these rocks are some of the oldest on the planet. The researchers looked at the granite and basalt rocks for signs of plate tectonic activity, such as subduction of one plate beneath the other. As UMD explains it: “Plate tectonics substantially affects the temperature and pressure of rocks within Earth’?s interior. When a slab of rock subducts under the Earth’s surface, the rock starts off relatively cool and takes time to gain heat. By the time it reaches a higher temperature, the rock has also reached a significant depth, which corresponds to high pressure – in the same way a diver experiences higher pressure at greater water depth.” In contrast, a stagnant lid regime would be very hot at relatively shallow depths and low pressures. Geologists refer to this as a “high thermal gradient.” According to Brown, the results showed the Pilabara granites were produced by melting rocks in a high thermal gradient environment and the composition of local basalts shows they came from an earlier generation of source rocks supporting the ‘stagnant lid’ theory of the Earth’s early formation. Images via Robert Whitehead , domdomegg

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Earthquake-resistant affordable home stacks together like Legos in just six days

June 13, 2016 by  
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Used as a stronger alternative to brick walls, ferrocement can be handcrafted from locally available materials to reduce the structure’s impact on the environment and its cost. The Full Fill Home prototype at the Venice Biennale, for instance, was constructed using materials recycled from the German Pavilion used for last year’s Venice Biennale. “We’re not just talking about affordability in terms of money here, we’re also talking about impact on the environment,” Kundoo told Dezeen . “We can’t afford to keep building the way we do.” The material is low-tech enough to be produced by masons in their backyards, yet strong enough to withstand harsh winds and mild earthquakes. Related: The Armadillo Vault’s hundreds of limestone slabs are held together without glue Flexibility is a main factor in the prototype house design, which comprises modular and hollow ferrocement blocks that can be stacked like Legos to build anything from walls to furniture. The simple modular blocks can also double as storage and be in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to suit the homeowner’s needs. Each house can be assembled in as little as six days and disassembled in one day. Following the conclusion of this year’s Venice Biennale, the Full Fill Homes property will be donated to Marghera and used to house the homeless. + Anupama Kundoo Via Dezeen Images via Anupama Kundoo

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13 energy-efficient modules make up this prefab modern home in Maryland

September 21, 2015 by  
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Spaceship House is a sustainable prefab home controllable by smartphone

August 13, 2015 by  
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Remote House is a sustainable modular home that can be anchored anywhere in the world

August 6, 2015 by  
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The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling 100% controlled by smartphone

January 7, 2015 by  
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2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

January 7, 2015 by  
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If the massive droughts and wildfires this past summer weren’t indications enough, new data out of Japan indicates 2014 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth. According to Discovery News , the ranking was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which is one of four major global keepers of temperature records for the planet–and the first to release its data for the year just gone by. The average temperature in 2014 was 1.1 degrees F above JMA’s average for the 20th Century, and 0.1 degrees above 1998; the former record holder for the hottest year ever. Read the rest of 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 , 2014 hottest year , australia , California , climate , Climate Change , data , El Niño , Europe , global warming , hot , hottest , hottest year , hottest year in history , hottest year on record , jma , meteorological , nasa , NOAA , record , weather

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Wheel House: Acrojou Circus Takes a Circular Home for a Rolling Adventure

May 29, 2013 by  
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Inhabitat Tours Blu Homes’ First Prefab Breezehouse on America’s East Coast (PHOTOS)

January 29, 2013 by  
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Blu Homes has opened their first prefab Breezehouse on the east coast of the United States and Inhabitat editor and founder Jill Fehrenbacher was given an exclusive tour. Located in Copake, New York, the 2,420 square-feet home is the first of twelve located on an eco-development overlooking the verdant Berkshire Mountains. Solar-ready and super energy efficient, the prefabricated Breezehouse is also LEED Silver certifiable. Hit the jump for more details and browse through our gallery for a closer look at our exclusive photos of this gorgeous new eco-home. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “prefabricated housing” , blu homes , blue homes breezehouse , breeze house , breezehouse , california architecture , Copake , green architecture , green design , Green prefab , home , Kaufmann designs , leed prefabs , michelle kaufmann , modern prefabs , modular home , new york architecture , prefab homes nyc , prefabricated homes , upstate New York

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