Experimental prefab home eschews fossil fuels in Geneva

December 4, 2018 by  
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In the centrally located town of Lancy in Geneva, Switzerland, a compact and experimental timber home bucks the local archetype for concrete-based housing in favor of a more eco-friendly alternative. Swiss architect Leopold Banchini collaborated with engineer Marc Walgenwitz to design the light-filled abode — dubbed the Casa CCFF — using a prefabrication system that minimizes construction costs as well as waste. The small urban home was built for energy efficiency and assembled in just a few days by local carpenters.   Built overlooking Geneva’s industrial train station, Casa CCFF references its surrounding industrial environment with a sawtooth shed roof that floods the interior with natural light . Connections to nature, however, dominate the majority of the design, which boasts two interior gardens on the upper level and carefully framed views of the landscape for indoor-outdoor living. The primary living spaces are located on the open-plan upper floor while the ground level features a much smaller built footprint and is mainly used as a covered outdoor space for living and parking. The prefabricated home can be understood as a series of square modules laid out in a square four-by-four module plan. The compact ground floor, for instance, is made up of three modules: a single outdoor living space and a double-width interior space that connects to the upper floor via a spiral staircase. Upstairs, an open-plan layout with a kitchen, living room and dining area takes up roughly three-quarters of the area while the remaining space is dedicated to the two interior gardens, bedroom and bathroom. Related: Yves Béhar designs compact, prefab homes to tackle the housing crisis Casa CCFF is a domestic factory floating above an untouched garden. The house is built almost entirely in wood, pushing the structural capacities of this natural and sustainable material to its limits. The use of wood for the home also helps reduce the use of concrete to a bare minimum. By incorporating high insulation values and maximizing solar gain , a small heat pump allows the modern home to avoid the use of fossil fuels. + Leopold Banchini Images by Dylan Perrenoud

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Prefab Glass House lets you bring home the spirit of Philip Johnsons masterpiece

October 31, 2016 by  
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Alan Ritchie’s reinterpretation of the Glass House follows the design principles of Johnson’s original with its entirely glazed facade that blurs the line between indoors and outdoors. “I think doing it in a prefabricated version is a whole different approach,” said Ritchie. “But we can still maintain the spirit of the original Glass House.” Although this prefabricated version similarly immerses owners in nature, Ritchie had to consider new challenges including how the different modules would connect together and weatherproofing the structure for a variety of climates. Related: Ron Arad designs the modular Armadillo Tea Pavilion for indoor and outdoor use The home, which is not a direct replica, is available in different sizes from a one-bedroom 80.5-square-meter home to a four-bedroom 172.1-square-meter home. The structure would be constructed off-site in a factory and then shipped and installed on-site, thus minimizing construction waste . Interested buyers of this limited edition house can submit an inquiry on Revolution’s website. + Modular Glass House Images via Revolution Precrafted

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Curvaceous Solar Fablab House Set to Rock European Solar Decathlon

January 29, 2010 by  
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The European Solar Decathlon takes place this summer, and the competition is already heating up with some stunning designs for zero energy homes! One of the first we’ve seen is the FabLab House from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia . Completely unlike any of the designs we saw in the US competition , the solar panel-coated passive house is rounded and built off the ground.

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Site-Specific’s Minimalist Modern Recycled Prefab

January 29, 2010 by  
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Thailand-based modular home designer Site-Specific has announced that they are expanding their line and have even formed a new company specifically devoted to prefab homes for the Thai Market. The first home in their new line is the MDL 5.5×6, a home inspired by the shipping container but modified to make it more practical and livable. Made from recycled materials , the one bedroom prefab home is modern, simple, and totally affordable

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Virginia Tech’s Solar Powered Lumenhaus Lands in Times Square

January 28, 2010 by  
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Virginia Tech ’s sun-powered Lumenhaus was one of our favorite entries in the 2009 Solar Decathlon , so we’re thrilled to announce that it’s currently on display in Times Square, New York ! This gorgeous self-sufficient house is features a shifting solar facade that moves throughout the day to allow daylight to enter while controlling the interior temperature. If you’d like to check out this marvel of efficiency for yourself, head on down to Times Square today — the exhibit will end tonight at midnight , so don’t miss out! LUMENHAUS ON INHABITAT > 2009 SOLAR DECATHLON COVERAGE > New York Lumenhaus photos by Mike Cincala Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green design , lumenhaus , new york city , solar decathlon 2009 , sustainable design , Times Square , virginia tech

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OSUSOWAKE Planting System Lets You Share Your Greenery

January 28, 2010 by  
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Growing and sharing greenery has never been easier or more fun! This OSUSOWAKE (which means sharing in Japanese) planter uses a new lightweight material called Puffcal to grow plants. Once the seedlings sprout, you can cut up and divide the material to distribute to friends and family

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Win this Gorgeous Upcycled Zipper Necklace and Cuff Set (Worth $70!)

January 28, 2010 by  
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Talk about turning trash into treasure! Designer Tara St. James’ gorgeous zipper jewelry is an understated and elegant way to show people that you support recycling resources at hand to make new treasures. We’re tickled pink to be giving away this beautiful necklace and cuff set from her collection, so enter to win this lovely set made from remnant zippers today ! ENTER TO WIN AT ECOUTERRE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , ecouterre giveaway , green fashion , Sustainable Fashion , tara st

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Obama’s State of the Union Pushes Green, but Will Congress Budge?

January 28, 2010 by  
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At Inhabitat we often wonder, with so much great green technology out there, why are we so far behind other countries in renewable energy? Gearing up to watch Obama’s State of the Union Address last night I was hoping for a bit of an explanation

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Scientists Develop Flexible Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets

January 28, 2010 by  
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Piezoelectric energy is nothing new, but researchers at Princeton University have developed a new type of electricity-harvesting rubber sheet that has the potential to change the way we power electronic devices. The flexible rubber sheets are imbued with piezoelectric ribbons and are durable, versatile, and open up exciting new applications for harvesting kinetic energy

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Massive 131 Acre Green Roof Planned for Seoul

January 28, 2010 by  
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The architects behind South Korea’s new eco dome have hatched another stunning project that plants a 131 acre green roof in the heart of Seoul . Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers , the plan renovates the run-down Garak Wholesale Market with an eco-upgrade topped with a sprawling public garden.

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