Light-filled Compass House prioritizes low maintenance and energy savings

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Toronto-based superkül architects designed a vacation home for a family of six transitioning back to Canada after living abroad. Set on the grassy plains of Mulmur, Ontario, the 4,300-square-foot dwelling is a striking all-white building that prioritizes low maintenance, natural light, and energy savings. The energy-efficient home was built in two phases, the first of which was certified LEED Gold.

Created as a spacious weekend home, the Compass House comprises two volumes arranged in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Futuristic Dutch community features 50 out-of-this world spherical homes

Although it might look like the set of a science fiction film, this neighborhood in the Netherlands was built by humans for humans. Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp designed this unusual apartment community, dubbed the Bolwoningen (“ball” or “bulb”). Built in 1984, the residential development is comprised of 50 of these futuristic spherical structures grouped together amid walkways and trees, alongside a scenic canal.

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Origami-like alpine cabin brings contemporary style to Chile’s mountains

Alpine architecture has evolved far beyond traditional chalets, as can be seen in this contemporary cabin perched high above in Chile’s Valparaíso Region. Architect Gonzalo Iturriaga completed the blackened pine cabin, named RF C9, on a rocky site near the commune of San Esteban. Like a piece of origami, the angular refuge has numerous folds, some of which are turned into glazed openings that frame spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Elevated off the uneven ground, the 60-square-meter… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Trump plans to strip NASAs earth science division, promote mission to Mars

 

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a new plan for NASA’s future into law: the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. The law calls for a $19.5 billion annual budget for the agency – not a major change from the agency’s $19.3 billion budget in 2016 – but the document seems to leave out the agency’s earth science division entirely. Trump claims this is simply a way of reaffirming the agency’s “core mission” of human space exploration, space science, and technology,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful cliffside home ‘split in half’ by landslide rebuilt with wooden pods

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Inflatable spiky pinecone-shaped roofs top this forest resort in Latvia

Spiky ETFE roofs top this airy forest resort and spa located in a historic region of Kurzeme, Latvia, making it look like a settlement from a movie. 3GATTI Architecture Studio and OFL Architecture teamed up to design the Pinecones Resort using sustainable construction techniques and prefabrication which resulted in a fairytale-like woodland setting in harmony with its natural surroundings.

The resort comprises cone-shaped units with inflatable roofs made from 100% recyclable ETFE that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LAST CHANCE: Inhabitat is giving away an Avocado Green Mattress

We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but how many of us have taken the time to learn what’s inside our mattresses? Studies have found that conventional mattresses contain dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds and could be the source of many ailments, including chronic allergies, asthma, endocrine problems and even cancer. Not to mention the fact that once traditional mattresses bit the dust, they’re synthetic materials cannot be broken down. That’s enough to cause anyone to have insomnia…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Turn any bike into an e-bike with UrbanX’s drop-in wheel

Want an electric bicycle but already have a bike? UbranX created a drop-in wheel that can turn any old bicycle into a cool e-bike. The wheel only take around one minute to install. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Autonomous robotic garden drives itself around the city in search of sun

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Designed by UCL students William Victor Camilleri and Danilo Sampaio under the supervision of the Interactive Architecture Lab’s director Ruairi Glynn, Hortum machina, B draws inspiration from Buckminster Fuller’s landmark book ‘Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’ and his geodesic domes. The mobile ecosystem uses a network of electrodes to monitor the garden’s physiological responses to the environment and then, using this data, propels the sphere into motion…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Bookshelf House fits hundreds of books into multifunctional furnishings

The Bookshelf House was created for a family of five who wanted a dramatic room-length bookshelf. To make the most of the small 160-square-meter interior, Mosca added large multifunctional bookshelves beautiful enough to serve as focal points. The bookcases were constructed from light beech wood and are slightly staggered for visual interest. The largest bookshelf is stepped and doubles as a stair bannister to the mezzanine, while other bookshelves are used as room dividers or morph into storage… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building