A recycled brick wall runs through this breezy home in Australia

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Bright, breezy and surrounded by nature, the Cedar Lane House is a place of peaceful respite on the south coast of Australia. Sydney-based architect and photographer Edward Birch designed the light-filled residence at the base of a mountain in Meroo Meadow. Spread out across 280 square meters, the linear home is anchored by a recycled brick wall that runs the length of the building and imbues the interior with warmth and softness.

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This sculptural home takes cues from the sloping Hollywood Hills landscape

Tucked inside a quiet and wooded site of Nichols Canyon is the Hollywood Hills House, a sculptural home that boasts cutting-edge green technologies and materials. Los Angeles-based design practice Tighe Architecture crafted the home for a musician and took inspiration from the terrain to form the curvaceous, multi-story dwelling. Spanning an area of 5,200 square feet, the home is faced with an abundance of full-height glazing that create a seamless connection between the indoors and out.

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This staggered, residential tower is draped with greenery in Quito

Acclaimed architecture firm Safdie Architects has been tapped to design a new residential tower that’s expected to be one of the tallest in Quito, Ecuador. Rising to 24 stories, the eye-catching building—dubbed Qorner—features a staggered with large garden terraces on every floor. Created in collaboration with local construction firm Uribe & Schwarzkopf, the striking high-rise will also feature operable glass walls to embrace indoor and outdoor living and to take advantage of Quito’s… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This charming, solar-powered tiny home is handcrafted from reclaimed wood

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This sustainable home in Chile is designed as an ‘unplugged’ retreat for a family of six

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“The most important thing is that the house is totally ‘unplugged,’” LLaumett says. “The electricity is provided by solar panels, and the water comes from a nearby river. It is stored in two elevated containers, delivering the flow to the services by gravity.” The scenery may be a dominant force, but from the perspective of the residents, it’s an enchanting backdrop.

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Celebrate the season with this guide to sustainable fall activities

As the leaves and sunsets transition to a fall landscape of yellow, orange and red, you’re probably dragging out your boots and sweaters. But the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of outdoor fun. In the midst of temperatures dropping and the smell of pumpkin everywhere is the perfect time to plan some fall activities. When considering your options think about the potential impact on the environment that you’re aiming to enjoy and choose earth-friendly options! Here’s a list of sustainable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This eco-friendly wooden laptop is designed to curb e-waste

The innovators at I Am Eco (www.iameco.com) have produced the first eco-friendly computer system. The Dublin group took a look at computers on the market and became frustrated with the waste, the earth-damaging materials, and the toxic chemicals used in the mainstream electronic market. So they decided to do something about it.

The sustainability of the iameco products starts with the design, which focuses on longevity. The company claims that their computers execute up to three times longer… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This family-friendly home is a beacon of modern energy-efficient design in Calgary

Located in one of the most coveted lots in Calgary’s inner-city neighborhood of Rosedale, this modern single-family home crafted by local design/build firm Alloy Homes was, as the firm puts it, “designed to lead by example.” Created with an undeniable contemporary aesthetic, the Rosedale House also pays homage to the local neighborhood vernacular with a large front porch, subdued color palette and other details that match the nearby homes. The home also emphasizes energy efficiency with its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A sustainable tiny cabin powers this holographic lighthouse of the future

Lighthouses are beloved around the world for their architectural beauty and historical significance. But in recent times, the number of operational lighthouses has sharply declined due to the advancement of electronic navigation technology. In a bid to raise awareness of these romantic maritime towers and promote preservation, French designer Nicolas Abdelkader of Paris-based Studio NAB has proposed Hololightkeeper, an experimental and sustainable project that combines traditional maritime design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

NY man spends 6 years building this incredible, energy-efficient hobbit home

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