July 19, 2017
Johnston Marklee carved arches into the facades of this California beach house to frame sea views. The form is carried throughout the interior, creating a series of vaulted doorways, rooms and corridors.
July 18, 2017
An outdoor kitchen is not a very common feature these days and that’s a bit strange considering that people used to spend most of their time outdoors until quite recently. Most of the daily activities used to take place outdoors and that included cooking. Then came a time when we became obsessed with creating large and massive constructions which could house everything one needed.
June 21, 2017
I have to apologize for not posting in awhile. While the house has been steadily moving along, the last three months were not nearly has dramatic as the previous ones, and I kept looking for something visually amazing to post. A highlight is the pool above, which was really cool to see created, but the main guts of the house — from wiring to plumbing, followed by insulation and then sheetrock — took a few months and were hard to photograph. But take a look below!
June 17, 2017
Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels' historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home.
2250 AD. Earth is highly urbanized. Nearly 50 billion of people live on the Earth. New technologies offer several kinds of sustainable food production, but every piece of land is occupied.
June 8, 2017
Smaller houses, more people renting and an ironic passion for Seventies kitsch has led to a trend for indoor plants.
Instagram allows hipsters the opportunity to boast about their cheese and rubber plants, often displayed in macramé hangers. John Lewis’s annual shopping habit report says cacti will be a trend for 2017.
June 1, 2017
If you're building a set, an installation or props, it might be helpful to have a ready source of wooden poles of decent diameter. But the dowel rods at your local hardware store stop at 1 1/4 in diameter, and turning longer, larger pieces isn't practical.
May 16, 2017
The Starwood Residence lies low on the landscape with a series of sloping rooflines that appear to echo the surrounding mountain landscape. Weathered steel wraps the home to blend the building into the natural backdrop, while exterior sunshades maximize access to natural light and minimize solar heat gain in summer. In contrast to the steel-clad facade, the interior is richly layered with warm textures, from stone accent walls to Clear Vertical Grain (CVG) Douglas Fir siding. Large panoramic windows appear to extend the living areas outdoors.
May 17, 2017
Although the Netherlands may seem like a tranquil place to live, its climate can be quite volatile. Frigid winters and searing summer heat make energy efficient home design a must – local architects such as Joris Verhoeven Architectuur are creating amazingly efficient designs that don’t sacrifice on aesthetics. The firm’s sophisticated “Positive Energy House” in the small village of Sterksel is a solar powerhouse that generates enough energy to share with its neighbors
May 11, 2017
Remember when we first introduced you to LED backlighting for your TV? Remember how it blew your mind and completely changed your TV viewing experience? Well, prepare to have your mind blown yet again because we’re about to lay another game-changer on you. The Vansky Motion Activated Flexible LED Bed Light System is actually pretty simple, but the effect is fantastic. Step out of your bed and a warm glow is cast from underneath, illuminating your room with a soft light that looks amazing and won’t bother your partner if he or she is asleep. It’s awesome, it’s a best-seller on Amazon, and it’s discounted to just $22 right now. Grab it while you can, and thank us later.
May 12, 2017
Istanbul is on track for a stunning new landmark that’ll bring rural living to the heart of the city. International architecture studio Eray Carbajo designed Urban Rural, a modular residential high-rise that aims to raise the bar for sustainable development in Turkey’s capital. The modular units will fit together into a honeycomb-like volume with a balcony filled with greenery.
May 7, 2017
Is it just us or has the dawning of spring made you also start thinking more about your garden and how you can enjoy it? We all know that the UK isn't exactly blessed with hot, sunny or reliable weather, which is why we have to be a little more clever with our garden plans. So today, we're going to show you some amazing spaces that have totally taken the unpredictable UK weather into account!
May 5, 2017
In a dramatic episode of Lowe's original series The Weekender, designer Monica Mangin works her magic on a mind-numbingly boring living room. The builder-grade space hasn't been touched since the homeowners moved in two years ago, hence the beige walls, beige carpet, and little else in terms of furniture or architecture. Monica changes all that to stunning effect with a handful of DIYs and some surprisingly affordable furniture and decor from Lowe's. Check out the dramatic after shots and get all the makeover details ahead. Then, watch The Weekender episode for the complete story!
April 21, 2017
When it comes to structural innovation, many popular “building blocks” have come with a rising cost for our planet’s precious resources. Typical structural building components like masonry, concrete, and steel have large carbon footprints as they require great amounts energy to produce. The way forward means re-examining our go-to for resilient, sustainable construction materials. The best solution, though, may come from a return to our construction roots.
April 19, 2017
Relocatable and convertible with a shockingly quick set-up time, Modpool Shipping Container Pools are intriguing alternatives to traditional pools.
I am sure you must have come across the buzzword sustainability or sustainable development a lot. But have you ever wondered what does it mean?
April 14, 2017
This incredible skyscraper is more than just eye candy—its modular and farm-integrated design was created to fight world hunger and poverty. Designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski proposed the Mashambas Skyscraper for rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa as a means to bring a “green revolution” to impoverished small farmers. The modular Mashambas is movable and functions as an educational center for growing crops, hosting markets, and training on agricultural techniques.
April 16, 2017
ould the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to Tokyo’s housing demand, this Pod Skyscraper is constantly under construction. Residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers on the top floor of the building, and then cranes lower it into place. The innovative skyscraper, designed by Haseef Rafiei, received honorable mention at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition.