Penda unveils a futuristic micro-cabin inspired by Beijings hutongs

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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

Take a break in this nautically inspired tiny pod on a Scottish island

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These stunning student housing apartments are inspired by tiny homes

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NexLoop unveils water management system inspired by spiders, fungi, bees and plants

In its quest to sustainably serve the needs of urban farmers, Team NexLoop found inspiration for its water management system in the natural world. Seeking to create a system that is self-sufficient and adaptable to local needs, the team observed the ability of cribellate orb weaver spiders to craft webs that capture water from fog in the air. The team then incorporated this design into their work to allow their system, called the AquaWeb, to passively capture water from the atmosphere. The biomimetically-designed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Barrel-shaped wooden pod retreat in France inspired by real life ‘bird charmer’

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Luscious eco-resort design in China inspired by the Silk Road

A green revitalization proposal aims to transform an existing native village in China received into a modern eco-resort that offers a variety of activities and spaces. Architects Jean Pierre HEIM and Carolyn HEIM of HEIMdesign approached the redesign of Sasseur eco-tourist village using “One Belt, One Road” development strategy that focuses on the connectivity and cooperation among China and the rest of Eurasia.

The project will be implemented near the city of Chongqing– starting point of the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Future solar technology inspired this bio-sustainability research centers prefab facade

The porous, pale green facade that wraps the Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability at Portugal’s Azurém Campus was created for more than just looks. The holes in the eye-catching cladding reference the shape of titanium nanotubes, which are being studied as a cheaper, energy-efficient alternative to silicon solar cells. Architect Cláudio Vilarinho designed the unique building as an inspiring symbol of the research center’s impact on the future of bio-sustainable technologies.

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Snhetta’s winning hotel design for Helsinki waterfront is inspired by broken sea ice

Related: Snøhetta’s luxury cabin with Aurora Borealis views opens at Treehotel

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Manetti Shrem Museum’s 50,000-square-foot canopy was inspired by the texture of the agrarian landscape

The new Manetti Shrem Museum features a 50,000-square-foot permeable canopy that extends over the sides of the building and blurs its edges. Architecture firms Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and SO-IL designed the new museum for the University of California in Davis, and created a space with interiors activated by changing light, seasons and interwoven curved and straight sections.

The light-filled, multi-use building was built to further the educational mission of the museum and become a new cultural… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building