A 1960s Swiss chalet is transformed into a whimsical off-grid home

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Swiss architecture firm Frundgallina has dramatically transformed a rundown chalet in the Swiss Jura Mountains into a whimsical self-sufficient dwelling punctuated by a variety of differently sized gabled openings. The architects kept the structure’s exterior dimensions, however, rearranged the interior by dividing the floor plan into four sections measuring approximately 86 square feet each. The gabled home operates off grid and is equipped with a rainwater harvesting system.

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A striking concrete home in Ontario targets minimal environment impact

Toronto-based Teeple Architects has paired a beautiful but unusual site in Ontario with the sculptural Port Hope House, an award-winning residence that boasts a wide array of sustainable features. Located east of Toronto, the single-family rural home takes inspiration from the client’s 75-acre property that consists of a woodlot, a fallow field, an abandoned Grand Trunk railway cut and a steep cliff that falls into Lake Ontario. Built with long concrete walls, the Port Hope House appears like a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Green-roofed vacation home embraces old-growth trees in the San Juan Islands

When Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects was asked to design a holiday getaway on the San Juan Islands of Washington state, the Seattle-based design firm didn’t take the easy way out. The site, which overlooks stunning views of Griffin Bay, includes three beautiful old-growth trees that Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects wanted to preserve—a different approach to that of the client’s previous architect, who suggested chopping down the trees. With the existing trees kept intact, the North… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny home resort opens in idyllic forest setting in Wisconsin

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This custom tiny home features a surprisingly spacious interior

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A 1920 Swiss barn is reborn as a modern home for a family of five

Swiss design studio Ralph Germann architectes overhauled an old drafty barn into a beautiful contemporary home with a new timber annex. Located in the rural village of Orsières in southeast Switzerland, the barn renovation and expansion project was commissioned by a family of five who sought a modern and light-filled abode. The adaptive reuse project—named the House EKC—was built of locally sourced materials and is equipped with an air-water heat pump, solar thermal panels, and dimmable LEDs.

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The energy-efficient Aspen tiny home is built tough to withstand Canadian winters

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This cedar-clad tiny home radiates true southern charm

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An ever-evolving, growing home in Indonesia adapts to its owners’ needs

Indonesian architecture firm Studio SA_e recently completed the latest and most dramatic renovation yet on Rumah Gerbong, a home that has undergone many evolutions and expansions since the clients purchased it 18 years ago. Located in the planned township of Bintaro Jaya in Jakarta, the house has evolved from a place solely for residence to a multifunctional dwelling that accommodates residential, an office and entertaining spaces. Described as a “multistep development” or “growing house”… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This striking, bright-red modular home connects to its surroundings through contrast

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