Architectual Oddities Fill-in City Gaps

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Eradicating urban cavities across the likes of New York City and Helsinki, Live Between Buildings are slender apartments, set to be installed within the nooks and crannies of cramped city-scapes. Their 5-foot width and tactful design allow the apartments to rest snuggly within areas that are otherwise difficult to utilize. They also allow occupants to live in-between homes without any indications towards a transient lifestyle. Their proposal came about as part of the International Design Competition, NEW VISION OF THE LOFT 2, organized by FAKRO in collaboration with the magazine A10 European Architecture – having won the contest. The winning project… read more

These 4 Office Pods Put Function To Work

These 4 Office Pods Put Function To Work

According to the 2010 U.S. census report, 10% of employed Americans work at least 1 day per week from home, and the numbers of those who work solely from home has climbed from 4.8% in 1997 to 6.6% in 2010. Having a productive space is important whether at home or at the office. These 4 work pods with ecofriendly features may leave some dreaming of a quiet, accommodating place to complete tasks. The G-Pod is a workspace with a futuristic look. In addition to its interesting external appearance, it is also made with efficiency in mind. It can be rotated by… read more

Shipping Containers Provide Shelter to Animals

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The Getto2Garden initiative is a project based in Santo Domingo, in partnership with the Colectivo Revark architectural group and the Practivistas Dominicana Program. Originally designed to provide housing to 40 dogs and 6 cats, the project up-cycles materials like shipping containers, old tires, and plastic tanks, turning them into shelter space for animals. The space manifests as colorful, cube-shaped units, which are stacked above and alongside each other. Each unit is roomy enough to provide its animal tenants with adequate space for play, sleep, and relaxation. The multilevel shelter is placed on a partially-fenced elevation, which will undoubtedly help to… read more

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

There’s A 3rd Teacher In This Classroom

Sometimes interior design can tend focus on the home or even in places where a lot of time is spent, like the office. However, one model places emphasis on a vital space that can often be overlooked – the classroom. The overall environment in a classroom can have a significant impact on the learning process, and can even affect the way that teachers instruct and how students interact. This is a key concept in the environment as the third teacher model. Advanced by Reggio Emilia, the concept of the environment as an important teacher is used in many preschool settings…. read more

This Hill House Is A Social Magnet

This Hill House Is A Social Magnet

Architects Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin, who work with lifestyle designs, had an imaginative idea to accommodate a family’s wish for an addition to their existing home. Located near Melbourne, Australia, the Hill House takes a vertical approach and completely revolutionizes the look of the exterior with a slope built directly into the landscaping. The spot faces north, which before the addition caused the backyard and parts of the indoors to be darker. When a 2-story extension was added, it further restricted the natural solar availability and made portions of the yard and home even more shadowed. For the new addition,… read more

Self-Sustaining Restaurant in Frankfurt

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The food and energy projects, proposed by ZA Architects, will function as a network of public spaces in the once industrial district of Ost, found in Frankfurt am Main. Spanning 87,000 sq meters, the design intends to merge recreational space with the agricultural and energy production facilities needed to keep operations afloat. Focusing on a Greenhouse restaurant, the project centers on the idea of a self-sufficient dining establishment, whose food supply will be cultivated from both a greenhouse and the agricultural plot of an adjoining urban park. Furthermore, all buildings shall operate with the energy produced from an on-site power… read more

Hardcore Houses That Won’t Budge

Hardcore Houses That Won’t Budge

In some areas, prefabricated constructions can see to swallow up designs that are original. The following 3 houses have more of a fortress vibe than a lived in feel, and their die-hard structures ensure they won’t go unnoticed. The Steel House located in Lubbock, Texas was the passionate project of Robert Bruno. An architect and artist, he started work on the home in 1974. Those who worked on the development, which took decades, constructed the home more like a structural welded work of art. Though weighing well over 100 tons, the legs that steady it into the earth were intended… read more

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Goodbye Phonebooks, Hello Creative Reuse

Phonebooks, due to advancements in technology, are probably soon to be phasing themselves out and going into paper extinction. Some states are allowing residents to opt out of receiving certain phone directories to save costs and environmental resources, as there are actually many benefits to discontinuing phonebook production. The Iowa Policy Research Organization reported that in addition to the tons of ink that is required for printing them, around 5 million trees are also used. Only about 20% of all phonebooks are recycled. According to the Environmental Protection Agency outdated issues produced a massive 840,000 tons of waste in 2008… read more

The Resurgence of Building Basics

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What comes from nature can be returned to nature without harm to the environment. This is the comcept behind “living” houses, whose designs incorporate (if not consisting of completely) natural, low tech materials. Natural materials have been used in building construction since ancient times and are now part of a resurgence as sustainability becomes necessary and desirable. In fact, about half of the world’s population currently lives or works in a building constructed from earth based materials. There are numerous raw materials being used in sustainable home designs today, but we’ll focus on the main four. Those being: tree bark, adobe, rammed Earth, and straw…. read more

Unusually Green: Out Of The Ordinary Homes Part 3

Nautilus House - Part 3

The last home featured on our series of uncommon green constructions takes the prize for beautiful colors, and a unique biomimic design. The Nautilus comes from organic architect Javier Senosiain, and this shell shaped wonder speaks for itself. Located in Naucalpan, Mexico, this home is a creative combination of art, sculpture and modern dwelling space. Molded after the shape of the nautilus shell, the layout is both futuristic and rooted in organic oceanic astonishment. The home utilizes ferrocement building methods, which is a process that includes a reinforced steel frame constructed with chicken wire. After the complex shape was formed it… read more