A striking concrete home in Ontario targets minimal environment impact

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Toronto-based Teeple Architects has paired a beautiful but unusual site in Ontario with the sculptural Port Hope House, an award-winning residence that boasts a wide array of sustainable features. Located east of Toronto, the single-family rural home takes inspiration from the client’s 75-acre property that consists of a woodlot, a fallow field, an abandoned Grand Trunk railway cut and a steep cliff that falls into Lake Ontario. Built with long concrete walls, the Port Hope House appears like a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Dreamy cabin harvests rainwater and natural light for a minimal carbon footprint

Nevada-based INCLINEDESIGN proves sustainable infrastructure can be beautiful in this dreamy timber cabin on Lopez Island, Washington. Available in the summer as a vacation rental, the Barn Gallery guesthouse is a showcase of eco-friendly design from its use of reclaimed timber and metal to its elegantly crafted rainwater catchment system. Surrounded by four acres of woodland and private meadow, the guesthouse faces southwest for views of a secluded waterfront bluff.

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Luxury private-island resort in the Maldives aims for minimal site impact

A new paradise destination has surfaced on the waters of the jaw-droppingly beautiful Maldives. Singapore-based WOW Architects recently completed the St. Regis Maldives, a luxury hotel that extends out of a private island. In hopes of minimizing the resort’s impact on the landscape, WOW architects implemented prefabricated timber systems and uses local labor and materials whenever possible.

Covering 16,000 square meters across land and water, the St. Regis Maldives comprises 77… 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

Beautiful cabin pops up in ten days with minimal landscape disturbance

BIO Architects recently completed a modern modular cabin, proving yet again how beautiful homes can be affordable with the help of prefabrication. Commissioned by a young couple that desired a cost-effective home on the lake, the prefabricated cabin is the latest iteration in the Russian firm’s line of modular Dubldom homes. The dwelling, located at Pirogovo Lake in the suburbs of Moscow, was installed in roughly ten days with minimal site impact.

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Beautiful prefab houseboats let you live on the water with a minimal energy footprint

Though Bluefield Houseboats is based in Ireland, the design/build firm delivers worldwide and handles all aspects of the design process, from initial consultation to the final handover. All houseboats are manufactured in a factory before they’re shipped out for on-site assembly. Since the modular houseboats are custom-built with a free spanning structural system, homebuyers can design their own open-plan layout with a variety of spaces from 500 square feet up to 2,000 square feet across one or… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building