A Micro House To Love The ZeroHouse

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“zeroHouse” I gotta say, the name doesn’t thrill me. In this age of crappy no-calorie sodas that taste like metal or underfed actresses with no curves who can fit into a size smaller than 1, the word “zero” connotates that something vital is missing or that the product is somehow subpar. And who wants Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

The Hotel For The Real Treehuggers Amongst Us, Welcome To The Dasparkhotel

dasparkhotel pipe hotel 01 The Hotel For The Real Treehuggers Amongst Us, Welcome To The Dasparkhotel

Here’s a new definition of ghetto fabulous. Have you ever fantasized about sleeping in a park like a stowaway with no running water, electricity or a bathroom? Well, if you’re a visitor to the Austrian city of Linz, your dreams can come true. You can spend a night (or more) at Dasparkhotel, where you’ll sleep in a recycled concrete cylinder set in the middle of a beautiful flora-filled park on the banks of the Danube river.

Each individual hotel room pipe comes with a bed, linens, a light and a side table as well as an eye-catching mural by local artist Andreas Strauss, who helped transform these concrete pods into functional accommodations. A restaurant and communal bathrooms are nearby.

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Netherlands House M

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House M is a contemporary response to a changing cultural environment in the Netherlands which is characterized by a growing demand for monumentality, solidity and enclosure as dominant aesthetic values to be expressed in the architecture of the private house. In response to this, we positioned the house as it were a wall between front and back garden, separating the introverted street facade from an extroverted garden facade.

The kitchen, dining room, living room and office space are located on the ground floor in a continuous space which opens-up towards the sunny back garden. On the street side, the house appears rather closed and monolithic. Two volumes reach out from this mass in an expressive way, providing the entrance and the garage space, defining the sculptural monumental image of the house as seen from the street, creating an interesting visual dialogue with the neighbouring houses built in neo-classical style.

Architect: Marc Koehler Architects

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Solar Powered itHouse

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The itHouse is a design system developed by Taalman Koch that utilizes a series of components prefabricated off-site in order to better control the construction waste, labor, and quality of the finished product. Conceived as a small house with glass walls and open floor plan, the itHouse maximizes the relationship of the occupant to the surrounding landscape while minimizing the impact to delicate site conditions.

Energy efficiency is achieved in the itHouse through passive heating and cooling, utilizing site orientation and cross ventilation, radiant floor heating, hi-efficacy appliances & equipment and the use of solar photovoltaic & thermal panels.

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CNN Coverage | Shipping Container Homes

CNN highlights the growing trend of using all those wasted shipping containers as building blocks for new homes. CNN producers talk with Architect Peter De Maria, a previous guest on G Living’s Room101. Peter specializes in Container based homes here in Southern California. He is even building a Container home just down the street from the G Living studios.

Architects are designing modern homes from the millions of excess shipping containers that are piling up at the port of LA due to the US trade deficit with China. By using the steel shipping containers as building material, homes can save 50% of construction costs, while reducing the waste and blight caused by trying to store them.

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aum Biscuit House

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The Biscuit House, designed by aum is located just outside a small village near the French town of Lyon. The house is a 23m x 7m parallelepiped, made of concrete, steel and glass, embedded in the slope of the terrain. It is composed of two floors which both have direct access to the garden. The structure is made both in concrete and steel. All the materials are natural and untreated for them to keep their original aspect. Concrete is used for the envelope and the floors; steel is used for the pillars and for the window frames ; and untreated exotic wood (iroko) is used for the external curtain.

Description from architect Pierre Minassian

The building of the house was very complex for various reasons:

- It was very difficult to get the authorization to build contemporary architecture on that location

- Building was difficult also because there was no way to access the lower part of the building site so that it was necessary to find a compromise with the neighbour for him to allow the building of a path going along his own terrain.

- I made the external wood curtain myself which required more than 200 hours of work.

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Lexus Features Architects Using Shipping Containers As Building Blocks

Our friend Architect Peter DeMaria is featured by Lexus for their reuse movement ad campaign. The Lexus slogan is: See how the reuse movement is shaping the world and how Lexus practices responsible manufacturing. This is a good way to spread the idea of re-using industrial materials in new projects, such as the shipping containers into cool new modern eco homes.

Checkout the shipping container architecture section here on G Living and also our interview with Peter DeMaria on Room101

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Prefab Planit House

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The information on this prefab design is very limited, but we thought we would post about it because of the cleans lines of the design.

A prefab partnership between Pircher a European wood product manufacturer and architecture firm Bestetti Associates. The building seems be to used as a showroom/set for Pirchers product line.

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The Modern Treehouse

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Nature shouldn’t be a spectator sport. There’s nothing like living, sleeping, breathing and playing amongst Mother Nature’s finest to feel a real connection to the earth. Treehouses epitomize this. They’re the perfect place for children to let their imaginations run wild, a place adults can seek solitude (or possibly some rumpy pumpy), a place creative types can seek inspiration and house guests, possible accommodation.

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Pre-Fab Rantilla Residence

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Project Description by Architecture Firm FREELON

Rantilla Residence by Michael Rantilla The design concept of this private home literally springs upward from the pristine wooded site. Unbuildable as a spec home property, the unique form of the building is a literal response to the significant site challenges. Wedged between zoning setbacks, a stream buffer and a steep slope, the program massing was squeezed vertically into a three story scheme elevated above the uninterrupted ground plane flowing beneath. Each floor level is expressed as a discrete rectangular volume clad in a different material and spun radially from a 40 foot tall, 18 inch thick solid concrete shear wall. This articulation of the volumes creates a wide variety of habitable outdoor spaces. The lowest level ultimately spills onto a large teak deck beneath the house, which then engages the forest via a stepped concrete pyramid. Fully cantilevered stair treads project from the concrete shear wall and shift from aluminum to maple to ipe, constantly varying the sound and feel of each staircase while allowing light and views to pass through. Vertical circulation always maintains a close connection to the diagrammatic and structural centroid of the building.

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The Solar Precast Concrete Cabel Headquarters

cabel headquarters 04 The Solar Precast Concrete Cabel Headquarters

Just out the edge of the town of Empoli, the building is the Cabel headquarters (a company producing software systems for banks), it measures 4.500 square meters and it is sited inside the local industrial area.

Partially set into the ground, the building is composed of two extended floors out the ground level and a vault under. Along the main front the facade is protected by a long slice of public green.

The visitor arrives on the ground level through three suspended bridges launched on a large excavation which lights the vault designed to house expositions and art installations. Night time this empty space becomes a lighting pool which raises architecture from the ground.

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Ecopod The Vacation Home You Have Delivered

ecopod container vacationhome 01 Ecopod The Vacation Home You Have Delivered

A vacation home you can order and have delivered to your destination of choice. The Ecopod, made from an old shipping container, is a tiny home away from home. This little guy goes for around $27,000 canadian and seems to be more like a hard shell tent, than a home. Get this, no bathroom, no kitchen, and no air conditioning.

The ecopod does come with a single 80 watt solar panel, a 12 volt battery system, recycled car tire rubber floors, windows and a drop down deck. The deck is designed to lift up and close off your ecopod, while your away for extended periods of time. Basically the deck is the old siding of the original container, and when closed, the container, is a container once again.

Checkout the site at: ecopods.ca

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