Fruit trees grow on the roofs of this rammed earth home in Hanoi

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects puts a fresh spin on the ancient art of rammed earth construction in the Dong Anh house, a modern dwelling with fruit trees growing on the roofs. Taking advantage of the property’s secure and isolated location in Hanoi, the architects applied an “open garden design” that embraces nature in, around, and even on top of the home. The thick earth walls have the advantage of high thermal mass and keep the home cool by storing heat during the day and then dissipating that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This pop-up camper transforms any truck into a tiny mobile home in seconds

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This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but having it designed by experienced architects will make it pay off in the long run. Design-build CplusC Architectural Workshop renovated this 1980s terrace house in Australia into an environmentally friendly home that allows its owners to grow their own produce and track daily energy consumption.

The house, named Aquas Perma Solar Firma, is located in an inner suburb of Sydney and owned by a couple that works… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Japanese home features a bookshelf wall designed to withstand earthquakes

In earthquake-prone Japan, a wall full of books might seem like a disaster waiting to happen. Rather than capitulate to Mother Nature however, the owners of this Yokohama home found a way to safely put their massive library of books on full display without fear of collapse. Shinsuke Fujii Architects designed the Bookshelf House that features angled earthquake-resistant bookshelves easily accessible by children and the elderly without a ladder.

Slotted in a dense Yokohama neighborhood,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gorgeous Dutch home in a converted church seeks buyers

A stunning church-conversion just fifteen minutes from Amsterdam has hit the market in Muiden, Netherlands. The adaptive reuse project kept its historical 1920s details intact –from vaulted ceilings to stained glass windows—while giving the interior a bright and contemporary revamp. The property, Singelstraat 26, is listed on Sotheby’s for sale—but you’ll have to call in to get the price.

Spread out across two levels, the renovated church offers 290 square meters (3,121 square… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LifeEditeds newest home brings off-grid luxury to Maui

If you loved LifeEdited’s shape-shifting Manhattan apartment from a few years ago, prepare to be stunned by the design consultancy’s latest project—an off-grid luxury Maui home that produces more energy than it needs. While LifeEdited:Maui is more than double the size of the transforming Manhattan project, the Hawaii home was likewise built to push the envelope in sustainable luxury design. The home, built for LifeEdited founder Graham Hill, boasts the top of the line in eco-friendly and space-saving… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How millennials are changing home design

You won’t be hard-pressed to find an article about the next industry Millennials are killing. As more of them become homeowners, it’s no surprise that their tastes are starting to impact home design as well. As a group, Millennials have huge buying power, and the design world is taking notice of these preferences. Take a look at several home design trends that appeal to the millennial generation such as green-focused fashions, small space living, and dual-purpose furniture trends.

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Meet the Monocabin, a tiny home rental mere steps from the Aegean Sea

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Zero-energy tiny home has a near-invisible footprint

COULSON architects designed Disappear Retreat, a tiny, mirrored house that not only appears to disappear into the landscape but also boasts a near-invisible footprint. Created for “triple-zero living,” this prefabricated structure is an off-grid dwelling that’s zero energy, zero waste, and zero water. Built to the Passive House Standard, the 83-square-foot home needs no active heating or cooling systems even in extreme weather climates.

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Steve Areen’s incredible DIY wagon home built with mostly recycled materials

Steve Areen is one of those people who turns everything into gold. And by gold, I mean magic. I mean soul. We saw it with his lovely dome house in Thailand, and now, what was supposed to be a simple dwelling under the stars in Australia has evolved into an extraordinary modern caravan that he, friends and local artisans built by hand with mostly recycled materials. The flight attendant started with a 5×10 trailer and a curved steel frame, but then the muse stepped in. Called Unity Wagon, the project… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building