Modern charred timber house juts out of Quebecs forest landscape

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If you haven’t tired yet of the blackened timber trend, feast your eyes on this modern retreat that’s backed up on a forested hillside in Quebec, Canada. Montreal-based studio Atelier General designed The Rock, a boxy timber home that, like its name implies, is meant to evoke a natural extension of the mountainous terrain. Full-height glazing and extensive use of wood inside and out blur the line between indoor-outdoor living.

Topped with a flat roof, the two-story home avoids… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The world’s first “Biological House” opens in Denmark

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Abandoned house transformed into a gorgeous sanctuary on a remote Chinese mountain

This rustic sanctuary, nestled in a remote village in China, is a beautifully renovated private home that combines modernity and vernacular design. Architecture studio RSAA approached the renovation project with a strong sense of respect for the history of the building and its stunning natural surroundings.

The original house, nested on the top of the mountain in the north of Anhui Province, China, was uninhabited for years, until the owner decided to renovate it into a modern residence. The design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This light-filled tiny house is made almost entirely of reclaimed wood

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Here’s your once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay in a life-size LEGO House

Get ready to live out your childhood dream! The LEGO Home, located in Billund, Denmark, has partnered with Airbnb and will allow one family to stay overnight in the structure made from 25 MILLION bricks. This is an incredible opportunity, as the two-story home has some amazing features.

The home is well-suited for children, as nearly everything is made from LEGO bricks. From the bed in the middle of a LEGO brick-filled pool to a “waterfall” to a teddy bear made from the bricks,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Charred wood-clad Sleeve House is a home within a home

Two elongated volumes – a smaller one sleeved into a larger – comprise this timber house located on an open rolling hillside in New York state. Architecture firm actual / office designed the building as a modern reinterpretation of traditional barns and other farm building in the area.

The Sleeve House sits on a sloping terrain around two hours north of New York City in a rural area of the Hudson Valley. Its two volumes–one sleeved into the other– create three different types of spaces… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIGs LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark

It’s finally here—Bjarke Ingels Group’s much-anticipated LEGO House in Denmark officially opens to the public today. Built in the small town of Billund where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, the “House of the Brick” is a unique space that promises visitors the ultimate LEGO experience with its exhibitions, experience zones, and LEGO-themed architecture, restaurants, and public spaces. The LEGO House, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday, is filled with 25 million LEGO bricks… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This house for sale in New York has two waterfalls and a luscious forest

If you’re on the market for a beautiful home that forces you to get in touch with nature, then you might want to check out this piece of property that just went on the market in upstate New York. Delphi Falls, located near Cazenovia, NY, features more than 60 acres of land that include two waterfalls, a creek and woodlands.

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The rustic wooden home was built in 1945 and is 3,500 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths. The master bedroom suite on the first floor holds… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Off-grid Lake House escapes the Texan heat with minimal landscape impact

There’s nothing quite like taking a cool dip in a lake on a hot summer’s day. The lucky owners of the Lake House get to escape the brutal Texan heat with laps in Lake Austin thanks to their off-grid boathouse. American studio Andersson-Wise Architects designed the two-story boathouse that operates off the grid and exerts minimal impact on the environment.

Created as part of a residential estate, the Lake House in Austin is a boathouse set a half-mile away from the main residence… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elevated glass-bottomed pool hovers over a second pool in the hip Wall House

An outdoor swimming pool with a glass bottom hovers above the patio and other pool of this gorgeous residence in the Portuguese Riviera. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos designed the entire Wall House as a sprawling, open-plan house that embodies the principles of indoor-outdoor living.

On one of its side, the residence features an expansive glass wall that can be opened to create a direct connection between the interior space, the garden and golf course. Wood slat coverings cover the concrete exterior… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building