Huge circular windows flood Melbourne’s Cirqua Apartments with natural light

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Huge circular windows flood the interior of this apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a staggered volume that references the region’s historical housing type and reinterprets it in a modern way.

The block occupies a steeply sloping site in a residential neighborhood in Melbourne. Its exterior is dominated by huge porthole windows that span almost the full height of the six cubes. The openings bring natural light into the interior and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it’s needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building