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Two protective layers keep this angular house in Chile cool in the summer

The angular Two Skins House, designed by architect Verónica Arcos, is enveloped in two layers which maintain stable temperatures throughout the year. Perched on high cliffs north of Santiago, capital of Chile, the house features generous openings that offer views of the Pacific Ocean.

The house has a simple rectangular plan and faceted walls that add drama to the space. Dark pine planks used as cladding add more variation to the exterior surfaces. Pine and other wooden structural panels were… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cool contorting structure is crafted from material as thin as a coin

MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s giant alien-like structure is pushing the envelope for self-supporting architecture. Built of material as thin as a coin, Minima | Maxima is a 43-foot-tall organic structure commissioned for the World Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The self-supporting structure is an incredible structural achievement; as the studio puts it: “If an egg were scaled up to the same height as Minima | Maxima, it would be much thicker.”

Like most of MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY’s… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 cool cave homes that stay comfortable in summer and warm in winter

Cave homes have come a long way since prehistoric times. Far from primitive, many modern cave dwellings are surprisingly luxurious, comfortable, and beautiful places to call home. In addition to their head-turning location, cave homes tend to be very energy efficient thanks to their naturally insulating earth walls that keep the inside air at comfortable temperatures year-round without need for heating or cooling. We’ve rounded up six such abodes that could make you wanting a cave home of your… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This massive wind-powered skyscraper would cool the entire planet

Italian architects Paolo Venturella and Cosimo Scotucci of Paolo Venturella Architecture designed a fantastical Global Cooling Skyscraper that’s designed to attack global warming by cooling the entire planet.

The architects cited the challenges of climate change as an inspiration; they said the strategies we have to combat global warming are not enough, and only a “global strategy” could halt the nature disasters resulting from climate change. So they designed an imaginative… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building