How stone can help you create a more sustainable home

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From the pyramids at Giza to Stonehenge, to Machu Pichu – there is a reason that all of the longest lasting human structures are made of stone. Stone lasts forever, is natural, and is readily available in the environment. When it comes to outdoor landscaping or interior applications that see a lot of use and moisture (think kitchens and bathrooms), natural stone is often the most durable and lowest-maintenance choice for surfaces. Unlike wood, plastics or composite materials, stone will not rot,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



S-House is a see-through glass home with an M.C. Escher-like interior

The generously glazed S-House design is a continuation of architect Yuusuke Karasawa’s interest in “complicated network space,” a term related to how technology, like the Internet, has changed society. Karasawa captures that complex relationship View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Melbourne architects renovate an 1880s Victorian home for the 21st century

The architects used white brick for the exterior of the house, as well as elements of the interior, including the fireplace. Natural materials such as cedar timber and hardwood dominate the verandah and extend into the interior. This combination reflects the varied mix of industrial and residential buildings, garages and outbuildings in the neighborhood.

Related: Renovated Victorian House in Toronto combines the best of rural and urban living

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Striking 13-foot-wide family home in Vietnam looks like a jungle in the city

This narrow, four-story-tall family house in Vietnam packs a surprising amount of greenery in a very small space. Its box-like envelope features plants that seem to burst through the modular concrete structure, while the green roof planted with vegetables and flowers beautifies the space and provides fresh produce for the family throughout the year.

The main challenge for the designers, Ho Khue Architects, was the spatial constraints of the plot. Despite the fact that the house is only four meters… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sustainable home in Cornwall is wrapped in steam-bent wood

British designer Tom Raffield designed a beautiful steam-bent wooden home and filled it with hand-made products, furniture and lighting fixtures made from sustainable wood. The structure, built as an extension of an existing house in Cornwall, England, recently appeared on the Channel 4 TV show “Grand Designs”.

Tom and his wife Danielle bought an existing lodge located in the woodland at Trevano near Heslton, and designed a timber-clad extension that blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sublime alpine home in Upper Austria marries modern and vernacular design

One major challenge architects face when designing for the world’s last beautiful places is to ensure the smallest possible footprint. For HAUS KW, designed to replace a former building in Upper Austria, Paul Kweton opted for a hybrid guest home and studio that incorporates elements of both vernacular and modern design. The small alpine structure would include a sauna cabin, bathroom, storage area, and an outdoor terrace.

Clad in highly reflective, insulated metal panels, HAUS KW would have a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This luxury hobbit home in the UK could be yours for just $1 million

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Unconventional tiny home for the road expands with the press of a button

Related: Tiny transforming home in Hong Kong makes 309 square feet feel huge

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Valdivieso Arquitectos reimagines former water cistern as gorgeous Spanish home

Valdivieso Arquitectos transformed the site of a former water cistern near Madrid into a sculptural masterpiece of a single-family home. After a series of alterations, the two-level cistern site reached its final configuration in 1955. The south-facing structure sported an irregular floor plan, partial underground space, and connection to an outdoor patio with enormous potential. The architects retrofitted the cistern to create a cozy, yet elegant and modern private residence dubbed Casa Aljibe,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Studiomama packs everything you need into a 13 square meter home

How well can you live in less than 150 square feet? If you’re lucky enough to benefit from Studiomama’s design for a 13 square meter house, the answer is very well, thank you very much. During London Design Festival 2016, visitors to the Viaduct London furniture showroom can walk through a full-scale model of the clever design and easily imagine themselves living large in a super small environment.

The original site for the interior plan is an unusual building in
north London measuring… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building