Worlds most active volcano harbors a tiny off-grid homeand you can stay overnight

June 8, 2017 by  
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The Phoenix House is a tiny off-grid home that truly befits its name. Rising from the ashes of the world’s most active volcano, this solar-powered abode built of recycled materials boasts spectacular views of the Hawaiian landscape. Available for rent on AirBnB , the Phoenix House promises an unforgettable, off-the-beaten track experience and is just a bike ride away from a 100-foot lava waterfall. The eco-friendly Phoenix House is the newest creation by ArtisTree , a green design studio with an impressive portfolio of beautiful, low-impact treehouses and vacation homes. Located at the base of Mauna Loa volcano next to Kilauea, the tiny 450-square-foot Phoenix House is a shining beacon of sustainability and is part of a regenerative, off-grid community compound. Created to symbolize the temporal nature of life, the Phoenix House merges visual elements from a modern beach farmhouse with the stark volcanic landscape. The building is clad in charred Shou Sugi Ban timber to blend into the surroundings as well as recycled rusted corrugated metal that represents hot lava. “We built this house with deep respect for Mother Earth. For that reason, you will find the design minimalist, the development footprint light, and the result is one with its surroundings,” said Will Beilharz, the designer of Phoenix House, who also spoke of the difficulties of building on a lava field with 30-mile-per-hour winds. Related: Solar-powered cylindrical treehouse in Mexico is made with sustainable bamboo Sustainability is a major focus of the tiny house design. In addition to its use of solar power and recycled materials, the Phoenix House also collects and reuses rainwater . The modern home is equipped with all the comforts of home, including electricity, high-speed wifi and hot showers. The home, which accommodates two on a queen bed, is available for rent on Airbnb for $111 a night . Guests also have access to a fully equipped kitchenette with a propane stove top, living area with a couch and desk, and a small dinette table. + ArtisTree

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Adorable mobile house shows off the beauty of untreated timber

June 8, 2017 by  
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Wood has a wonderful way of adding warmth and comfort to a home. Austrian design studio Innauer-Matt Architekten shows off the beauty of the building material in Exhibition House, a mobile pavilion commissioned as a showroom for timber construction company Kaspar Greber. The 30-square-meter building features a gabled roof inspired by the local vernacular. Despite its traditional gabled shape, the compact pavilion is decidedly modern in design with its clean lines, minimalist style, and playful circular windows and door. Innauer-Matt Architekten built the pavilion in the shape of a house in reference to the client company’s housing building services. Kaspar Greber’s in-house solid wood product “Nadelstreif/Pinstripe” is used in the exterior and interior. Different varieties of untreated, raw timber, which range from spruce to fir to oak , add texture and subtle gradients of color. “Doors and windows are round and invite visitors to take a closer look,” write the architects. “The protruding wooden dowels in the cut-out openings demonstrate the stiction-based construction. Moreover, the wall, ceiling and floor connections can be seen true to scale.” Related: Handsome Austrian house is clad in a latticed facade made from local spruce The Exhibition House is movable and spacious enough to be used for events, from trade fairs or the setting of corporate dinners and weddings. The building is designed as a mobile brand ambassador for wood. + Innauer-Matt Architekten Via ArchDaily Images © Dakro Todorovic

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

August 28, 2015 by  
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Solar Prefab Phoenix House Rises From the Rubble After Natural Disasters

July 16, 2013 by  
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Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

October 5, 2012 by  
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The Phoenix House is a solar home designed to be an outpost for living off the grid. Designed by architect  Robert Augustine , the  Phoenix House is set in the intensely hot, dry climate of the desert near Phoenix, Arizona. It celebrates the potential of emerging photovoltaic and wind technologies and couples them with passive energy design strategies to create a “machine for living.” It is responsive to the external environment and adjusts the internal climate and conditions for optimum comfort, convenience and lifestyle. 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! A giant solar roof umbrella supported by a steel frame and vertical steel trusses sits over the living space. A photovoltaic array and water circulating solar panels are integrated in this umbrella. The house is wrapped in a granular coated, recycled aluminum skin with high emissive qualities that reflects and releases the sun’s heat and keeps the skin surface and structure cool. A two-story greenhouse cavity wall, facing south, insulates and protects the living space from extreme temperature fluctuations. The greenhouse can also help humidify the air in this intensely dry climate. The solar pool, linked to collectors, serves as a heat pump. Brightly colored awnings adjust to shade the roof garden/ deck. A solar electric pumping station charges vehicles directly from an attached photovoltaic. The house is a prototypical design, which can be manufactured as a kit of parts that can be shipped and assembled on-site. + The Phoenix House

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Blu Homes Introduces The Sidebreeze, Their Largest Prefab Yet

October 5, 2012 by  
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