The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

Constructing around the landscaping and paying attention to natural elements can make the most of the sun’s power, saving energy that is needed to run the space. Called the Crook Cup Bow Twist home, this design utilizes organic materials and smart orientation to capture the sun’s energy. From Schwartz and Architecture, it is located in Nicasio, California. The residence was designed for clients who wanted to have a place to escape from the city, and it is quite a contrast from a city dwelling indeed. The name comes from the different ways to bend lumber and the hidden energy possibilities for movement found… read more

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

DIY Outdoor Space On A Budget

If you have a favorite outdoor spot, deck or patio but not a lot going on in the line of style and function, the following DIY projects will have you wanting to get your craft on. Reusing and upcycling can turn a bare spot into a lounge worthy space, great for a weekend project. The following tutorials have good, easy to follow images and videos, including a great compilation of ideas for making a fantastic homemade patio set. Break out your old broken lawn chairs and chaise lounges. Making a macramé lawn chair with an existing frame is a perfect… read more

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

Getting to have a stay in a beach house is probably an ideal way to spend some hours. The following are a few relaxing and refreshing looks into waterfront living. From Fábio Galeazzo of G’zzo Galeazzo Design, this bright and unexpected residence is located shore side in Brazil. This reconstructed beach house received an update, both on the exterior and interior. First, it got a lift from inserting bamboo beams to provide necessary structural support that was lacking in the original. The roof was modernized with thermal tiles which adds to the energy efficiency of the already economy minded build…. read more

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

From architect Robert Harvey Oshatz, the Wilkinson Residence is a uniquely designed space. The construction was completed over a decade ago, but this refuse-to-be-a-ranch-style home still deserves attention. An original presentation, the home is nestled into a slope which accentuates the outdoor backdrop. A nod to a tree house, the primary living area looks out to a treetop lined skyscape. Made to blend in with the surrounding landscape, the structure was formed with natural woods, copper plated framing and glass. The substantial use of glass all through is used to reflect much of the direct sunlight, adding to the internal… read more

The Lure Of A Courtyard

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Courtyards have been used in residences and businesses worldwide throughout history. Along with their inviting appeal, they can also be energy efficient spaces. One study examined how the use of courtyards in the Mediterranean area also serves a functional purpose as passive energy systems. The walls, placement and size of courtyards can lend to considerably cooler temperatures in warmer weather. Courtyards are popular in many regions where the weather is accommodating to outdoor living. From Klopf Architecture, this Eichler style remodel incorporated existing gables and a centrally located garden turning the home into an open and inviting place. The new enclosed courtyard… read more

Bringing In The Trees

Bringing In The Trees

Apartment and office spaces are not usually known for the trees in their landscaping. However, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has found a unique way to incorporate this often overlooked aspect into some of their projects. One of their residential designs called House For Trees includes amazing views of a vertical treetop canopy. House for Trees is a prototype that seeks to reforest Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which due to increases in population, traffic congestion and city bustle has reportedly lost much of its original tree lined areas. The plan for the residential area adhered to a budget. The design idea… read more

A Modern Day Fortress

A Modern Day Fortress

A sign of the times, this home was constructed with security and fortitude in mind. Dubbed the Safe House, this design from Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes is a surprising structure. The clients requested a home with optimal security features and wanted a unique safe haven from intrusions in its neighborhood near Warsaw, Poland. However, they also wanted an inviting family home that could be connected to the outdoors whenever desired. Enter the idea for the Safe House – and options galore. When open, the home has access to the blue sky and outdoor views. When closed up and in… read more

Building with Bottles

Building with Bottles

In the 1960s, Heineken beer introduced a new bottle design that would allow the neck of one bottle to interlock with the bottom of another, making use of a recessed cavity at the bottom. This clever design enabled the bottle to be recycled and converted into a brick. The bottle became known as the WOBO, short for “The World Bottle”. The idea came from Alfred Heineken himself, and was a response to the shock of seeing the litter created by his own products, as during a vacation on the island of Curaçao, empty Heineken bottles washed ashore. To enable the… read more

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop. This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage home, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea. The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either. An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly… read more

Exploring Possibilities in Smart Clothing Design

Exploring Possibilities in Smart Clothing Design

The buzz swirling around the field of the smart clothing is constant as new technologies are developed, advanced and applied. A project called The Next Black is a film created and produced by AEG, a home appliance company, that is focused on how to make clothing manufacturing more ecological. Have a peek at the film: Several sustainably minded designers are featured in the video. Biocouture Ltd. is an innovative development in the market that uses an organic outlook in combination with a scientific approach to clothing. An exciting facet in garment production called biodesign integrates ways that allow types of grow your own clothing with natural processes…. read more