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

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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



The Goldtree House is designed for sustainable family living

When kids hit their teens, your house suddenly feels smaller. The atmosphere is hectic, groups of friends traipse in and out, and parents often retreat to a bedroom for peace and quiet. One clever family with teenage twins not only had their home remodeled to accommodate these changes, they even planned ahead to have a private apartment for themselves down the road.

Hartree and Associates Architects designed the changes to the 1950s home in East Fremantle, Australia based on the homeowners’… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A modular extension boasts a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience

Modular architecture and sustainable strategies blend together in the Ivanhoe Extension, a bold and contemporary addition to a suburban home in Melbourne. Designed by Australian practice Modscape, the two-story extension not only creates more space for the clients’ growing family, but also offers a new way to embrace their beautifully landscaped backyard. The house is equipped with many energy-efficient solutions such as solar passive heating, rainwater harvesting, and double glazing with thermal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

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This modern vacation home embraces indoor-outdoor living in Ontario

The boundary between indoors and out are blurred to beautiful effect in the Bear Stand Residence, a family retreat located approximately three hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Designed by Bohlin Grauman Miller in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the 3,300-square-foot holiday home is wrapped in glazing and natural materials to feel like an airy extension of the surrounding forest. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently recognized the home’s excellence with a 2018… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 things you need to know about living in the 2018 Airstream Globetrotter

Have you ever dreamed of packing your bags and hitting the road on an Airstream adventure? You’re not alone. The Airstream is a marvel of modern design – and it has captured the hearts of dreamers, design fans, and free-spirited travelers for decades. This space-age capsule carries the promise of freedom, comfort and self-sufficiency wherever it goes – and we recently had the chance to take one for a spin along the rugged coastline of California. Follow along on our adventure to find out 10 things… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Goodyear unveils a living moss tire that cleans the air as you drive

The future of transportation is looking mighty green. Goodyear revealed a tire called Oxygene that integrates living moss to help improve air quality while you travel.

While we’re excited about any eco-friendly innovations in mobility, this tire is particularly exciting because tires are such a toxic part of the transportation system.

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Minimalist living meets luxury in the Sturgis Tiny Home

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INTERVIEW: How one man is fighting to save the world’s last living root bridges

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What piqued your interest in botanical architecture?

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a strong interest in historical architecture. I love old forts, palaces, and ruins. Then, after travelling to Northeast India as part of a university study abroad in 2009, I became fascinated with the tribal cultures of that region. The root bridges at the time seemed like a sort of intersection of these two interests.

But, frankly, before I visited the Khasi Hills, in the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

512-year-old Greenland shark may be the oldest living vertebrate on Earth

A recently identified 512-year-old Greenland shark may be the world’s oldest living vertebrate. Although scientists discovered the 18-foot fish in the North Atlantic months ago, its age was only recently revealed in a study published in the journal Science. Greenland sharks have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate animal, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the species would boast the oldest living individual vertebrate as well. Nonetheless, the fact that this creature may have been born as early… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building