An off-grid home in South Africa features a conservatory for fully enjoying nature

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This rammed earth home in India uses recycled materials throughout

When a family of six approached Indian architectural practice Wallmakers for a low-cost home, the architects saw the limited budget as an opportunity to innovate and experiment rather than a drawback. To keep costs low, recycled and natural materials were prioritized in their design of the Debris House, an approximately 2,000-square-foot dwelling that makes the most of its compact site. In addition to locally sourced materials, the eco-sensitive home includes a rainwater harvesting and recycling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This net-zero home is inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscapes

In sunny Santa Monica, local studio Minarc has unveiled one of their latest projects built from mnmMOD panels, their award-winning and patented prefabricated building system that yields net-zero energy efficiency. Dubbed the Dawnsknoll project, the 2,500-square-foot dwelling champions sustainability beyond just building materials. Positioned for optimal passive solar conditions, the single-family home also boasts repurposed and recycled materials throughout, high-performance energy systems and a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A recycled brick wall runs through this breezy home in Australia

Bright, breezy and surrounded by nature, the Cedar Lane House is a place of peaceful respite on the south coast of Australia. Sydney-based architect and photographer Edward Birch designed the light-filled residence at the base of a mountain in Meroo Meadow. Spread out across 280 square meters, the linear home is anchored by a recycled brick wall that runs the length of the building and imbues the interior with warmth and softness.

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10 sustainable Halloween decorations for your green home

Halloween is just around the corner, but when it comes to decorating your home for the spooky holiday, it can be a challenge to keep things eco-friendly, thanks to most store-bought decorations being made with non-recyclable plastic and covered in toxic paint or synthetic fabrics.

But, there is no need for frivolous spending and waste when it comes to decorating for Halloween. There are some great DIY ideas that you can use to upcycle things that are already lying around your house, allowing you… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Barn-inspired home offers back-to-nature living with a crisp, contemporary twist

Reconnecting with rural roots has never looked better than at Silvernails, a beautiful hillside home fashioned as a rural barn in Rhinebeck, New York. Set on a picturesque 120-acre property near the east side of the Hudson River, the gabled holiday retreat is the first “ground-up” residential work of Manhattan-based Amalgam Studio. In addition to its modern good looks and spectacular outdoor views, the house—dubbed Silvernails—also boasts an energy-efficient design optimized for cross-ventilation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This sculptural home takes cues from the sloping Hollywood Hills landscape

Tucked inside a quiet and wooded site of Nichols Canyon is the Hollywood Hills House, a sculptural home that boasts cutting-edge green technologies and materials. Los Angeles-based design practice Tighe Architecture crafted the home for a musician and took inspiration from the terrain to form the curvaceous, multi-story dwelling. Spanning an area of 5,200 square feet, the home is faced with an abundance of full-height glazing that create a seamless connection between the indoors and out.

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A solar-powered home hides behind a colossal, sloped green roof

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War ruins are reborn as a sustainable home in Lebanon

Having survived the Lebanese Civil War and previously used as a torture and detention center for militia forces, The House with two lives has had a colorful past to say in the least. So when Lebanese design practice Nabil Gholam Architects was asked to renovate the structure—originally built as a resort building in the 1930s—the firm took their time to sensitively pick apart the site’s history and breathe new and positive life into the property. Described as “difficult exorcism,” the design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Old Sydney warehouse is transformed into an industrial-chic home

Rather than strip Balmain, Sydney of its post-industrial architectural heritage and history, award-winning architecture practice Carter Williamson Architects has taken care to sustainably breathe new life into the area’s old buildings. Case in point is the local studio’s transformation of a former timber factory into a stunning contemporary home with industrial-chic styling woven throughout its four level. Dubbed 102 The Mill, the unique home boasts 403 square meters of space with soaring ceilings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building