Posts tagged Ecodesign
Tehachapi Sawmill House

Utilizing off-grid systems and sustainable materials, the Tehachapi Sawmill House is a refreshing approach to American (desert) living. The home is modeled after a campsite made from three wings arranged around a central fireplace. Located in the main living area, the hearth acts as a fire pit drawing inhabitants in to gather around the flames. Crank open the wall of windows and the room transforms into an open-air pavilion that expands out to an outdoor terrace. The interior utilizes salvaged materials while concrete blocks form a rugged facade on the exterior to combat the harsh climate. Aside from its great aesthetics, the home is also completely self-sufficient. Check out the full design brief at OK

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Blue Fox Wood Indoor Basketball Hoop

Custom made to order from sustainably forested lumber, the Blue Fox Wood Basketball Hoop lets you enjoy some casual mini-hoops without adding a child's toy to your home or office. Its backboard is stained with a weathered gray wash and finished with a protective semi-gloss varnish, and is paired with a US-made 9" diameter black steel rim with matching black net. Finding a matching black ball is entirely to you.

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Freycinet Coastal Pavilions Will be Your Next Holiday

Some might have only heard of Tasmania by way of the little devil from Looney Tunes cartoons, but it’s so much more than that. Tasmania is an island-state of Australia, a land of awe-inspiring beauty and vast oceanic vistas, with huge national parks and untouched land. The Freycinet Lodge Pavilions are the perfect way to become immersed in the island’s immense forestry and incredible landscape.

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Panorama Glass Lodge

Located by the Greenland Sea just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík, the Panorama Glass Lodge lets you sleep in complete comfort without obstructing the view of the sky. The bedroom area of this accommodation for two is encased entirely in glass, and its remote location offers a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights. There's also a two-person hot tub next to the lodge, a small kitchen with electric stove, toaster, and fridge, and a rain shower in the bathroom, as well as near-total privacy for you and whomever you bring along.

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The Sundial House Can Tell the Time

Founded on the vision of “creating elegant, comfortable and timeless buildings rooted in the unique environments in which they exist,” Specht Architects finds unique and creative ways to blur the divide between interior and exterior spaces. Case in point: Sundial House in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Perched atop a ridge in the American Southwest, Sundial House is arranged around two perpendicular concrete walls that serve as a sort of sundial that casts changing shadows on the concrete thanks to the narrow skylight that runs the length of one of the walls. The rough concrete construction that makes up those focal walls is perfectly balanced with warm wood beams, modern appliances and fixtures, minimalist furniture and enough natural light from all the glass to enjoy the entire space without having to turn a light on during the day. 

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The Younger House

When Tasmanian Architect Stuart Tanner and his clients had compatible design ideas about how a home should interact with its environment, they together formed the beginnings to a grand end result. The Younger House in Dunalley, Tasmania is a striking home paying true testament to that fusion of like-minded thinking. The Younger house is a visually striking home that shows the beauty of like-minded design and building from within one’s environment, as opposed to on top of it.

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Svart Powerhouse Hotel

In collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, Snøhetta has designed “Svart” the world’s first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway. The hotel is situated just above the Arctic Circle.

“Svart” is the first building to be built after the energy positive Powerhouse standard in a Northern climate. Not only does this new circular hotel reduces its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a modern hotel, but it also produces its own energy - an absolute “must” in this precious arctic environment. Of course, a powerhouse building that looks like a drab office complex wouldn’t really garner attention, so Svart will feature 360° views, blue colors that echo the glacier ice around the hotel, and a wooden support system inspired by structures used to dry fish. Oh, and a great view of the Northern Lights ain’t too shabby either.

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Norwegian Cabin Cluster

Up at the north end of Europe, off the coast of Norway, there is an archipelago of islands known as Fleinvaer. Amongst those tiny Arctic isles, far from the hustle and bustle of normal society, a cluster of cabins has been erected – called Fordypningsrommet. And you can rent them out.Equal parts isolated vacation getaway and artist colony, this unique grouping of structures actually functions as a larger whole, like a house separated into smaller parts. That means there are cabins for sleeping, one that houses a kitchen, and another for bathing. There’s even a sauna down at the base of the property on a dock over the calm cold waters of the Norwegian Sea.

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