Home Heating by a Robot

Warm Up Robot

Heating our homes in winter consumes vast amounts of energy and costs households a great deal. But imagine if there were a robot that could store heat and then moved around the house to warm cold areas? Drum roll please for…..Hagent, the mobile heater robot. This small robot shaped like a black box is amde up of movable wheels, sensors and Phase change materials (PCM). PCM  absorb heat from a hot body and change their phase (from solid to liquid or vice versa) and then release the heat by again changing their phase. Designed by Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendrith… read more

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space saving and micro living designs are helpful in areas where having enough room is a factor. The following are a few ideas that offer creative and flexible storage options. From Nook Architects, their renovation of a narrow apartment in Barcelona, Spain includes a clever floor based storage option. An inlay of traditionally placed floor tiles and gorgeous wooden flooring leads to a step up window seat that faces the terrace. The terrace is raised, and before the redesign the doorway was narrow and not an ideal entrance to the outdoor space. The design team had the idea to install the raised… read more

Energy Leaks at Home

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It is widely said that the most expensive part of a building construction is its interior design and architecture. But there is one more important thing to check and that is “energy wastage”. In the US, it’s estimated that billions of dollars are wasted each year because of air seal leaks in doors, walls and windows. Nearly 40% of energy spent on cooling or heating a building is wasted because of this invisible problem. Any small improvements in each building can save the total power of the nation. Leaks in buildings are usually detected by a  “blower door test” which… read more

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

An experiment that would test the patience in most, spending 10 days in an open Ferris wheel like environment is probably not something the majority would be lining up to do. Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder have created an installation titled In Orbit that makes observers see architecture in an interesting way. It is a performance art installation with a curious and in depth look into how our living situations, surroundings and those we live with affect us. It is a 25 foot structure that is composed of 2 units, one on the interior and the other outside of the… read more

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

People have long held a love of being able to travel with their homes. Last year, a graduate student in architecture, Hank Butitta, reported that he was growing tired of school projects which were seemingly not useful in the real world of architecture. Evaluating the learning process in architectural application, he wanted to employ a full scale development instead of a project on paper for his thesis. A self-reported hands-on student, his proactive nature led him to an interesting purchase and renovation idea. Wanting to do more than a drawing assignments that would never leave the conceptual board or constructing… read more

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If you’ve been there – then you are with me on this one. Stuck behind a slab of concrete starkness or a carpeted cubicle, a drab working environment can completely drain you. If your surroundings are repeatedly uninspiring, chances are that over time you may feel a decrease in motivation and will be less productive. Architectural team Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano from Selgascano obviously thought of this with their open office space. Though the building may seem somewhat restricted in terms of size and shape, they have been able to create a sense of openness and availability to a beautiful… read more

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Retro Refrigerator Redo

Refrigerators are not normally an eye-catching appliance, usually more beloved for their contents than their appearance. The following designs, however, are stylish replicas of vintage refrigerators that hold true to their eras but have updated efficient features. EU Energy Label and US Energy Star ratings provide guides and suggestions to consider when purchasing appliances that will have an increased energy efficiency capacity. Colorful in lime green, red or toned down in cream, Oranier has a line of free standing refrigerators, which unlike older appliances, these have an A+ energy efficiency rating. This model features a cooling system and fan that… read more

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefabricated homes can be smart choices when it comes to cost efficiency and time constraints. Soleta has designed a series of manufactured homes that are on the mark for their economical and ecofriendly features. They offer a zero energy version that comes fully equipped with hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. It is heated with thermal energy that is supplied by a system that combines geothermal and solar power. Cellulose is integrated in the building supplies to aid in retaining warmth along the base. Other sustainable and energy saving features include using materials that decrease heat transfer and energy loss. Additionally, there… read more

By The Light Of The Wall

By The Light Of The Wall

Multiuse designs provide ideal pieces for efficiency minded spaces. Wall coverings add spark to a room, and don’t have to consist of just paint or wallpaper. Incorporating lighting into wall treatments is an original way to add a stylish and functional element to plain walls, and the following are a few ways designers are putting up the spotlight. The team at MeyStyle have experience in interactive design and theater that brings that extra something to their interior fabrications. They have combined lighting and wallpaper to come up with an interesting application. Softly illuminating decorations can be dimmed to create just the… read more

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lakefront houses equal instant outdoor entertainment and often come with expansive, tranquil views. Coming from a part of the globe that has been stuck in an ongoing wintry lassitude, these lake houses seem like warm, sunny escapes from blistery winds and monotonous dreariness. This concept design for a vacation house was formed with the relaxed outside lifestyle in mind and the client’s desire to experience the surrounding wildlife, even while indoors. From designer Robert Bailey, the use of natural materials throughout highlights the waterfront environment. Oak and stone help to create a balance of organic and modern. Gorgeous chunks of… read more