An ever-evolving, growing home in Indonesia adapts to its owners’ needs

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Indonesian architecture firm Studio SA_e recently completed the latest and most dramatic renovation yet on Rumah Gerbong, a home that has undergone many evolutions and expansions since the clients purchased it 18 years ago. Located in the planned township of Bintaro Jaya in Jakarta, the house has evolved from a place solely for residence to a multifunctional dwelling that accommodates residential, an office and entertaining spaces. Described as a “multistep development” or “growing house”… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This tiny house on wheels can expand to meet the owner’s needs

This tiny house on wheels, built to withstand extreme climates, can expand in order to adjust to specific user needs. The Tiny House Company’s newest design, named Swallowtail, can be used as a primary home, weekender, studio, extended living space, or anything in between.

The design was inspired by post-war homes– it features a butterfly roof, timber screen, plywood cladding and corrugated sheeting. The butterfly roof has an integrated box gutter and downpipe for easy connection and rainwater… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gorgeous roof garden feeds owners in proposed off-grid Yin & Yang House

Architecture studio Penda unveiled designs for an off-grid home Kassel, Germany with a stunning rooftop garden. Commissioned by a young family who wants to produce most of their own food, the Yin & Yang house features a minimal timber structure with a terraced roof curved in a shape evocative of the yin yang symbol.

As shown in the startlingly realistic renderings, Yin & Yang House occupies a small corner lot. With very little ground space for a garden, Penda turned the roof into… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Architects turn a cramped apartment into a gorgeous loft where the owner’s cats can roam freely

Taiwanese architects ST Studio renovated a cramped, two-bedroom apartment in Taipei and turned it into a flexible loft that doubles as a spacious playground for the owner’s two cats. Loft H can be adapted to different situations and features long shelving where the owner can keep his collection of books, figurines and sneakers.

The architects removed some of the partitions to bring more natural light into the interior and create a loft-like effect. Upon the owner’s request, the team introduced… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

KODA is a tiny solar-powered house that can move with its owners

Made primarily of concrete, the portable KODA prototype is constructed with factory-made components selected for their strength and energy efficient properties. Its sturdy structure allows the tiny home to be assembled on different surfaces without the need for foundations. Quadruple glazing and vacuum-insulated concrete walls minimize energy demands and help maintain a comfortable internal temperature. All finishing materials are non-toxic. The homes are modular and can be connected to create a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Movable walls on this Moonlight Cabin allow owners to turn their house inside out

Tucked within its small footprint is a treasure trove of luxuries, all designed to house a small family on vacation. The cabin spans a humble 645 square feet (60 square meters) and includes a fully appointed kitchen and bathroom. In the main living area, a giant U-shaped built-in sofa provides maximum lounge space and a spectacular view from a floor-to-ceiling window, obscured only slightly by a suspended wood stove. The home’s interior is fitted with Victorian ash timber linings coated with limed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building