This striking, bright-red modular home connects to its surroundings through contrast

June 5, 2018 by  
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While some architects use various strategies to blend their design into natural surroundings, Santiago-based firm  Felipe Assadi Arquitectos chose to go bold and bright with its design for La Roja. The modular home , which is comprised of four modules stacked on top of each other, is a bright crimson, cube-like structure that rises out of the deep green forest landscape of San José de Maipo, Chile. Although the house was constructed on-site, its materials were fabricated away from the current location. Additionally, the home’s four modular boxes can be transported by trucks and installed on virtually any flat landscape. Related: Modular Gomos homes can be assembled in three days flat The two-story, 936-square-foot home comprises four  prefab modules , with each floor made up of two units. To give depth to the box-like design, the architects added a sloped roof and a beautiful double-height entryway that pulls double duty as an open-air terrace. This large outdoor area enabled the architects to create a bright and airy interior flooded with natural light . The wall that wraps around the terrace is clad in floor-to-ceiling windows, creating a strong connection between the modular home’s interior and exterior. A bright, minimalist interior with a floating staircase leading up to the bedrooms also opens up the space. Traditionally, many architects and homeowners have used natural materials or even mirrored facades to blend their home into such a beautiful landscape, but the team from Felipe Assadi Arquitectos went another route completely. The architects say that the decision to paint the house an eye-catching crimson red was meant to “activate the relationship between the landscape and the project through contrast.” + Felipe Assadi Arquitectos Via Dwell Photography by Fernando Alda

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The Little House clad in black cedar is nestled among Washington’s evergreens

June 5, 2018 by  
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Seattle-based mw|works architecture + design has completed a modern cabin that offers big views with a small footprint. Aptly named the Little House, the 1,140-square-foot dwelling was built atop an existing concrete foundation. Set within a lush second growth forest that overlooks Hood Canal in Washington, the house is clad in black cedar and blackened cement infill panels to reduce the building’s visual impact on the landscape. The Little House was commissioned by clients who live full time in Houston, Texas and sought a holiday retreat in Seabeck, Washington. After spending many summers with family at a nearby property, the clients fell in love with the wilderness of the southern Canal and desired a compact cabin with a simple and modern aesthetic. They found a 1.7-acre wooded lot with an existing foundation that they wanted to repurpose. “Early design discussions focused on creating a compact, modern structure that was simple and efficient to build,” said mw|works architecture + design. “Intentionally restrained on an existing footprint, the concept grew from this premise — a simple box with large carved openings in both the roof and walls that selectively embrace the views and natural light . The small footprint ultimately served as an efficient tool to govern the design process.” Related: Beautiful Modern Retreat is a Tranquil Oasis on the Puget Sound in Washington The house is clad in taut oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels. Large windows punctuate the north and west sides to frame views of the Canal below and Dabob Bay beyond. In contrast to the dark exterior, the interior features lightly painted panels and soft pine plywood . To further embrace the outdoors, the architects added a spacious patio on the sunny western corner of the home. The streamlined form is free of extraneous detail. The architects said, “The resulting project hopes to capture the essence of the modern cabin — small in size but much larger than its boundaries.” + mw|works architecture + design Images by Andrew Pogue

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Icelandic-inspired tiny dwellings ship flat-pack and sell for under $50K

February 2, 2018 by  
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“What would you do with 320 square feet?” That’s the question put forth by the adorable and affordable Plús Hús, an Icelandic-inspired tiny dwelling designed to pop up with ease in any backyard. Designed by Minarc , Plús Hús (Icelandic for “plus house”) is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) prefabricated at mnmMOD’s facility in downtown Los Angeles, shipped flat pack, and assembled with minimal waste. The Plús Hús can be delivered anywhere in the U.S. and pricing for the customizable units starts at $37,000. Measuring 16 feet by 20 feet, Plús Hús originated as a response to an amended Los Angeles law that expands usage options for ADUs installed in the backyards of single-family homes. Minarc was perfectly poised for the rollout given their design of the mnmMOD kit-of-parts prefabrication system that constructs energy-efficient homes out of custom-designed structurally insulated wall-panels. The tiny homes lend themselves to a wide variety of uses from Airbnb rental to home office. “Tryggvi and I have been developing our ADU product in anticipation of these regulatory changes for some time, and are beyond excited to introduce Plús Hús to the world,” says Minarc co-founder Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir. “The mnmMOD panel system is versatile, recyclable, and extremely energy efficient , and being from Iceland we pay very close attention to the relationships between nature, ourselves, and what we create. We are constantly looking for ways to do better, and using mnmMOD to create Plús Hús––a simple, efficient, multi-purposable structure that capitalizes on these recent law changes while minimizing wasted energy and environmental impact––makes perfect sense.” Related: These prefabricated mnmMOD wall panels could revolutionize the way we build There are currently three models of Plús Hús: the Plús Hús Open with three walls and a sliding door; the Plús Hús Open+ that comes with a bathroom; and the Plús Hús Full that includes a bathroom and kitchen. The use of mnmMOD’s highly efficient, no-wood prefab panel system ensures extremely high insulation value that minimizes energy usage. The unit is also completely recyclable at the end of its lifecycle. Pricing for the units ranges from $37,000 to $49,000 not including site prep, delivery, or installation. + Plús Hús

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Gigantic "vending machine" skyscraper dispenses 3D-printed homes in Tokyo

April 14, 2017 by  
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Could the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to the Tokyo’s housing demand, the Pod Skyscraper is designed to be constantly under construction – residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers installed on the top floor of the building. The innovative skyscraper, designed by Haseef Rafiei , received honorable mention at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition . Tokyo is known for robotics , automation, and minimal living. Drawing upon these qualities, Rafiei created a futuristic variant on the famed Nagakin Capsule Tower . Inspired by vending machines in Tokyo, this vast framed structure houses a large number of pods equipped with basic amenities for residential and commercial use. Related: Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world The pods are manufactured on-site, transported by cranes and plugged onto the megastructure. An automated system calculates the position for each pod, while disused or faulty pods are dismantled, kept in storage or brought back to the printer – creating a closed loop. Users can choose the amenities included in the design and can purchase several pods to create a larger living space. In addition to residential use, the pods can also function as small office and commercial spaces. + Haseef Rafiei + eVolo

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Nigerian man invents cool jet car that operates on land and water

April 14, 2017 by  
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If you’re ever in Lagos, Nigeria , watch for a quirky aero-amphibious jet car roaming the streets. Self-taught inventor Kehinde Durojaiye transformed a bunch of junk he found into a vehicle capable of operating on land or in water. Durojaiye hopes his invention will one day be a common sight across the country. Durojaiye’s jet car is made with discarded materials, like an old keyboard, an office chair, and a tricycle steering wheel. He also repurposed plastic , wood, and Styrofoam. He said he’s traveled as far away as Ibadan in his vehicle, which is about 84 miles away from Lagos , and that the jet car can reach speeds of around 75 miles per hour on land and six knots at sea. Related: Disabled refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp Durojaiye told CNN, “We want the whole world to know it is possible to have a kind of machine that can move on land, on sea, and fly, and perhaps move under the sea. That’s my ultimate goal.” He invents out of a workshop near a Lagos lagoon dump site, and has already built four prototypes of his car. He also works on other devices like a remote-controlled drone , and has been inventing since childhood. Now married and the father of four children, Durojaiye continues to tinker with his jet car, hoping to make it fly. The jet car has already attracted attention in Lagos; the city is filled with Hyundais and Toyotas so Durojaiye’s vehicle really stands out. He says when he drives people often want to stop and snap pictures of the car on their phones, and have been surprised the vehicle can travel on both land and sea. Lagos is notorious for its congestion, and CNN speculated a flying car like Durojaiye’s could ease traffic. Via CNN Images via screenshot

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The tiny hemp home of our greenest dreams is here

April 12, 2016 by  
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World’s tallest timber skyscraper proposed for London

April 12, 2016 by  
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PLP Architecture and Cambridge University have unveiled plans for London’s first timber skyscraper at the Barbican Estate. If built, the 300-meter-tall wooden building would be the tallest of its kind in the world and the second tallest building in London after the Shard. In addition to the use of renewable materials, the skyscraper’s timber frame could also lock in 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide—equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 5,000 Londoners. Read the rest of World’s tallest timber skyscraper proposed for London

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Artist creates marvelous motorcycle sculptures made entirely out of spoons!

April 12, 2016 by  
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American artist James Rice is turning the humble spoon into something completely unexpected. He’s giving them a makeover into detailed motorcycle models made entirely from the shimmery utensils. The sculptures have gone viral recently, showing how transforming everyday objects into art can really make you rethink the objects around you. Read the rest of Artist creates marvelous motorcycle sculptures made entirely out of spoons!

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Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

June 19, 2015 by  
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Swine flu vaccine makes a girl fall asleep 40 times a day

June 19, 2015 by  
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When 13-year-old Lucy Tonge started drifting off in front of the television , her mother chalked it up to being a teen. And when she slumped over when laughing, her mother thought she was just being silly. But when Lucy started to just pass out without warning, her family started to realize that something was really wrong. Lucy has narcolepsy, a chronic condition where the brain cannot properly control sleep and awake cycles. It turns out that a swine flu vaccine Tonge received in 2009 causes the narcolepsy. She received the vaccine a few months before the first symptoms appeared. Read the rest of Swine flu vaccine makes a girl fall asleep 40 times a day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british dpw , british government department of work and pensions , glaxosmithkline , lucy tonge , narcolepsy , swine flu , swine flu disease , swine flu vaccine , vaccinations

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