Metal and concrete corrugated roofs are a ubiquitous feature on homes and shelters worldwide due to their low-cost, but they're really not very good at their job. Both are poor insulators, notoriously prone to leaks and can contain dangerous substances like asbestos ... plus they're not easy to sleep under during a monsoonal downpour. Indian startup ReMaterials reckons it has a better solution with its sustainable, modular roofing system called ModRoof.
Boston-based startup Getaway was recently formed by a group of Harvard
students to provide tiny houses for rent to those wanting to escape the
grind or give tiny living a test-drive (something we'd recommend trying
before diving in with both feet). Its latest diminutive dwelling, the
Lorraine, offers up to two occupants a comfortable off-grid writer's
retreat, well-provisioned with everything that's required to get in the
mood to create.
Inspired by the New England barn and the New York loft, Architect Paul Lukez has penned a cleverly compact home design that uses natural ventilation, "super insulation" and passive and active solar systems to minimize energy use.
The French Pavilion narrowly missed out on a place in Gizmag's top 10 Pavilions from World Expo 2015, but it is definitely worth a visit if you make it to Milan this year. Dubbed Canopee, the pavilion pays homage to French produce and artisans, drawing inspiration from the country's long standing tradition of open farmer's markets,
Construction work has begun in earnest on Zaha Hadid's One Thousand Museum – a 62 story, "Six Star" luxury residential skyscraper in Miami that will offer impressive views over Biscayne Bay. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
With its clever design and use of low-cost materials, the flood-proof Blooming Bamboo house by Vietnam's H&P Architects impressed us back in 2013. project is similarly innovative, Built using recycled materials, the firm's multicolored, multifunctional Re-ainbow community center is similarly innovative.
Pressures on space and money are making space-saving apartments increasingly popular. New Convertible Spaces apartments in Melbourne, Australia, are one such example. Movable walls can be used to open up a living space or cut it in two to create a bedroom area with a pull down bed and storage units.
A 162-m (531-ft) tall observation tower being built in Brighton, UK, has reached its full height in just 10 weeks. It is claimed that the Brighton i360 will be the world’s tallest moving observation tower when it opens next year, and will give visitors views of up to 26 miles (42 km) around.
Turkish design practice Designnobis has produced an interesting concept for a pop-up shelter, dubbed Tentative, that features a fiberglass roof and floor, and tent-like weather-resistant fabric walls. Though still in the early stages of development and thus lacking in some hard details, the compact shelter shows promise thanks to its dramatically decreased size when in transportation.
Though we appreciate shipping container-based architecture when it's done right, the ubiquitous metal boxes don't seem a good basis for a skyscraper. Still, the dream of a container tower refuses to die, and international firm Ganti and Associates Design has taken a crack at designing a structurally viable and sustainable container skyscraper for the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, India.