Huge circular windows flood Melbourne’s Cirqua Apartments with natural light

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Huge circular windows flood the interior of this apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a staggered volume that references the region’s historical housing type and reinterprets it in a modern way.

The block occupies a steeply sloping site in a residential neighborhood in Melbourne. Its exterior is dominated by huge porthole windows that span almost the full height of the six cubes. The openings bring natural light into the interior and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



SolarGaps’ new solar blinds shade windows and generate clean energy

What if your window blinds could power your home as well as shading its rooms? That’s the idea behind SolarGaps’ new solar blinds. These smart blinds are designed to track the sun and can be controlled via an app. The company says their product will slash energy bills by 70 percent. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

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National laboratory scales up “quantum-dot” solar windows to power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

+ Los Alamos National Laboratory

Images via Los Alamos National Laboratory and Wikimedia Commons View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building