11 Solar-powered homes that show the future of architecture

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What will the future of architecture look like? If the impressive solar structures at this year’s Solar Decathlon are any indication, they’ll be smarter, more energy efficient, and a joy to live, work, and play in. This month, a dozen of university-led teams designed, built, and presented their futuristic homes at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado. In the lead up tomorrow’s unveiling of the winner, we’ve rounded up the 11 sustainable dwellings to give… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Sleep like an angel in this renovated 18th-century church in Tuscany

Travelling through Tuscany can be a life-changing experience, especially if you stay in this 18-th century church turned into a luxury hotel suite. As part of the conversion project, architecture firm O2 Studio redesigned the church by preserving and restoring original frescos and the central altar, and introducing luxury furniture and fixtures to give it a modern feel.

The former church is located on the premises of the new Villa Marta hotel, near the city of Lucca in Tuscany. For years the structure… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building