Zinc House

Lancashire, United Kingdom – Proctor & Shaw Built Area: 135.0 m2Year Built: 2017Photographs:  David Millington Photography Ltd Zinc House is an impressive prefabricated country home built on a four-acre plot in North West England. Its design combines the charm of a traditional farmhouse with sleek, modern aesthetics. One important aspect of the...

MARTaK Passive House

Masonville, United States –  Baosol Built area:    130.0 m2 Year built:    2016 Photographs: Andrew Michler MARTaK Passive House is found at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, located off-grid. It is well integrated into the surrounding landscape – a pristine forest that called for organic building. The home is wedge-shaped, surrounded...

Expandable House

Batam, Indonesia –  Urban Rural Systems Built area:    36.0 m2 Year built:    2018 Photographs: Dio Guna Putra Expandable House is a residential structure that’s small in size but big in benefits. It’s a project aimed at providing sustainable and affordable housing to low income families. This was part of the...

Haarlem Shuffle

Haarlem, The Netherlands - vanOmmeren-architecten Project Year:  2017 Area:  210.0 m2 Photographers:  Eva Bloem Have you ever wondered how it would be like to live in a floating villa? The owner of the Haarlem Shuffle decided he wanted one. And so he had this home built - on a river. The...

Villa Ypsilon

Foinikounta, Greece - LASSA architects Project Year :     2017 Developed Area :     150.0 m2 Photographs :     NAARO At the top of an olive tree-laden hill in Southern Peloponnese is a summer home that has captured the attention of the architectural world. Why not? After all, the Y-shaped...

Trish House Yalding

Yalding, Kent, United Kingdom - Matthew Heywood  Project Year :     2013 Yalding is a small village in Kent, England. It boasts of stone-built cottages for homes and Georgian buildings along the high street. A visit takes you back to a time when needs were simple and wants were...

Cabin at Longbranch

Longbranch, WA 98351, United States - Olson Kundig Project Year :     2003 Developed Area :     112 m2 ( 1200.0 ft2 ) Photographs :     Kevin Scott, Benjamin Benschneider In a place where the tide meets the stream, a quiet structure sits quietly, proudly displaying the combined beauty of...

Paint your house solar!

We wrote some years back about early research into solar paints. At that time, the research was aimed at making the paint act as photo-electric collectors in the same way that conventional solar panels work. We've seen nothing since about that research but Melbourne's RMIT has now developed a a paint...

Bamboo simplicity – Forest for a Moon Dazzler

Guanacaste, Costa Rica  –  Ben Gracia Saxe Built:    2010 Bamboo is an extraordinarily versatile material.  It’s strong, flexible, lightweight, totally renewable and, potentially very long lasting even when in ground.  The home shown here uses bamboo in both conventional and very unconventional ways.  It’s a home ideally suited to it’s hot,...

Redmond House – Nils Finne

Redmond WA  USA  -  Nils Finne Photography: Benjamin Benschneider Credit must always go to the tradesmen when you see quality work. But often that end result is the vision of the owners and the architects and/or designers on the project. Our experience is that architects usually have an 'A' list of...

Clay refrigerator requires zero energy to keep food cool

"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat." This is what came to Mansukhbhai Prajapati, a traditional clay craftsman, when a natural calamity struck their local area - an opportunity to solve a common problem of the less fortunate households... The Story In January 2001, India's westernmost state Gujarat...

Clever solutions to reduce chicken feed waste

Wasted chicken feeds can cost you more than you're willing to charge as wastage. So if you're planning or are already raising chickens in your backyard, keeping wastage to a minimum is essential. Your choice of chicken feeder will help you save on feeds by reducing or eliminating wasted feeds....

41 reasons not to burn those logs!

Log Path Most of us look at a fallen tree and see firewood. But wait! The sun will keep you warm if you harness it's energy and it will still be there tomorrow to do the same. Burn a log and it's gone forever! Firewood? We don't think so! Now...

Brooks Street Revamp

Venice CA, USA - Bricault design Site area:      490.5 sqm Built area:      352.5 sqm Year built:      2009 Photography:      Kenji Arai, Danna Kinsky Clad in sedums and other succulents, the external walls of this extension create the illusion of a floating green cube. But it isn't...

Cowshed House

Sydney  Australia  -  Carter Williamson Architects Year built:     2012 Photography:     Brett Boardman By old world standards, Sydney is a young city. The suburb of Glebe was developed in the mid-19th century. It's an area of mostly small lots, terrace and semi-detached homes interspersed with the occasional...

Gavarres Weekender

Girona  Spain -  Zest Architecture  Year built:     2013 Built area:     440 m2  (4,750 sq. ft.) Lot size:    25 hectares (62 acres) Photography:     Jesus Granada An old stone ruin, 25 hectares of oak forest and distant views to the Mediterranean. Perfect... except that local building regulations demanded that...

Sea Ranch Residence

Sea Ranch, California - Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Built area: 1,030 sq. ft. house, 550 sq. ft. guest house   (95 m2 + 51 m2) Year completed: 2007 Photography: David Wakely A pleasant mix of simplicity, atmosphere, timber hues and the view make this home a special place. The whole is...

Harborview Townhouses

Portland, Maine - Kaplan Thompson Architects Built area:    11,841 sq. ft. Photography:    Trent Bell Photography It seems to us that, all too often, the first thing that disappears in multi-family housing developments, is storage space. Site ratios and an insatiable demand for multiple bathrooms usually mean that something has...

STF Kolarbyn/Eco-lodge

Skinnskatteberg, Sweden - STF Kolarbyn/Eco-lodge Re-established in the Winter:    1996 Photography:    Skogens Konung and Claudia Deglau The word “hotel” doesn't have to mean lots of fixed glass, endless corridors and air-conditioning. If you want to escape all of those trappings and the city, Sweden’s most primitive hotel will appeal. The "rooms"...

Habitat 67

Montreal, Canada - Moshe Safdie Year built: 1964 to 1967 Habitat 67 is, without question, one of the most important and iconic multi-family developments globally. But if you're under 50 years of age, you've probably never heard of it. We thought we'd revisit it as it approaches its 50th anniversary....

The Mini-B

Seattle, WA  -  Joseph Giampietro Built area:    29 m2 (300 sq. ft.) Photography: Mini-B Passive House It may be small, but the Mini-B(ungalow) is a fully certified 'passivhaus'.  In common with all its brethren, it uses only around 10% of the energy of a comparatively sized, conventionally built home....