Net-zero prefab home stacks together and expands like childrens blocks

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Wish you could expand the size of your home without breaking the bank? A group of architecture students from the University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver created RISE, an affordable and sustainable housing solution that lets you do just that. Conceived for urban infill lots, the adaptable and scalable solar-powered home stacks together like children’s blocks and can expand up to three stories with up to five units of multifamily living. RISE—which stands for Residential, Inviting, Stackable, Efficient—was designed specifically for Richmond, California, a coastal city struggling with a shortage of affordable, sustainable housing. Flexibility is key to the RISE design, which boasts customizable floor plans with moveable walls and windows to meet the needs of diverse occupants. The moveable walls, installed on a track system, can roll to the sides to transform three-quarters of the interior into an open-plan area or can be used to delineate multiple rooms. Transforming furniture and modular cabinetry support this versatile floor plan. Modular, prefabricated construction makes the home scalable and stackable, and gives homeowners the ability to transform their home from a single-story family unit into a multigenerational dwelling. The house can be constructed efficiently without specialized labor. Sustainability is also an important factor to RISE, which is designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption and is powered by solar energy. Daylighting and access to natural ventilation is optimized throughout the home, while wool insulation helps lock in stable and comfortable indoor temperatures. A green wall of moss covers the north facade. RISE was completed as University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver’s entry to the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition, after which the home will be donated to the Denver Habitat for Humanity, which will install it on a permanent lot and sell it to a family in need. Related: Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably “At $200,000, a single RISE unit is less expensive than 72% of homes in the city,” wrote the students . “Whereas this fact is significant, what really increases the affordability of RISE is that five units can fit onto a single lot that traditionally would host just one home. The RISE home’s stacked design and large open roof-deck spaces allows greater density and a lower price point per unit while preserving the open feel of a neighborhood home, which residents both need and desire to build community. Though designed specifically for Richmond, this approach would translate well to other urban centers that currently face a shortage of affordable housing.” + Solar Decathlon Images via Mike Chino

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Cozy egg-shaped treehouses offer stunning views of the Italian Alps

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A pair of adorable egg-shaped treehouses is hidden away in one of Italy’s oldest forests. Architetto Beltrame Claudio designed these dreamy retreats, called Pigna, that overlook stunning views of the Italian Alps. Inspired by the shape and texture of pinecones, these shingled dwellings are carefully designed to blend into the landscape while serving as a cozy and elegant getaway. Pigna was originally conceived for an architecture competition in 2014 but was only recently completed this year in Malborghetto Valbruna, Italy. The 70-square-meter project comprises two treehouses and both are elevated ten meters off the ground with three stories each. The egg-shaped buildings were constructed from cross-laminated timber with wood fiber insulation. Larch shingles clad the curved exterior punctuated by two covered balconies framing views of the outdoors. Related: Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler “The project started from the desire to create a structure that is not only a refuge for man, but also a natural element of its environment, a mimesis of its surrounding,” wrote the architects. “From the tree, for the tree.” The treehouses are anchored to nearby trees. Both the first and second floors can be reached via outdoor stairs or a walkway. The first floor serves as panoramic covered terrace, whereas the second houses the main living areas with a small kitchen, bathroom, and living room. The bedroom with a double bed placed beneath a circular skylight is located on the third floor. Wooden stairs connect all three floors. + Architetto Beltrame Claudio Via ArchDaily Images via Architetto Beltrame Claudio , interior shots by Laura Tessaro

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EZ Log’s Housing Kits Can be Assembled Like Lego Blocks

June 5, 2012 by  
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Build a new home, office space, or mini-escape using one of EZ Log’s awesome kits featuring wood blocks that can be stacked up like LEGOs! The kits come in over 200 designs and employ a tongue-and-groove construction for easy stacking — most spaces can be assembled (and disassembled) in just 1-2 days. The wood is obtained from sustainable forests in Northern Europe, and the kits come complete with flooring, roofing, windows, doors, locks and all hardware. DIY summer home project, anyone? + EZ Log 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building kits , diy home , diy office space , diy summer home , ez logs , green design , kit homes , lego home , prefab kit architecture , stackable home

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Mobile Art: Breakwater Middle Schoolers Team up with Tim Clorius to Paint Old School Buses

June 5, 2012 by  
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International aerosol artist Tim Clorius and students at the   Breakwater middle in Portland, Maine have conspired to transform two old school buses into works of art. Inspired by a lecture on street art and the tradition of vehicle painting found throughout the world, these young artists will collaborate with Clorius to prep the bus for painting. Read the rest of Mobile Art: Breakwater Middle Schoolers Team up with Tim Clorius to Paint Old School Buses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aerosol Art , Breakwater Middle School , Friday Artwalk , Maine , Old school buses , Paint School Buses , Portland , Street art , Tim Clorius

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