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Tree Top Studio was completed in 2014 (Photo: Sam Noonan)

What do you do if you're an award-winning architect in need of a new home office, and you don't want to extend or alter your impressive heritage-listed home? Well, if you happen to be Australia's Max Pritchard, you roll your sleeves up and get busy building yourself an equally impressive forest retreat in your garden.  Read More

Abifloat floating villas by Christian Grande

Italian yacht designer Christian Grande, who brought us the luxurious Picchio Boat, has recently come up with a floating village concept. Dubbed Abifloat, the project features a collection of floating homes that incorporate modular and sustainable design.  Read More

Canadian architectural studio MU has proposed the construction of approximately 50 triangu...

Canadian architectural studio MU has proposed the construction of approximately 50 triangular luxury huts as part of the Bigwin Island development in Lake of Bays, Ontario, Canada. The "Giants of Bigwin" competition entry features a collection of private retreats dedicated to guests of the esteemed Bigwin Golf Club. Measuring between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet (111 and 140 sqm), the huts are designed to eventually blend into their leafy surrounds.  Read More

Reclaimed Modern is a near net zero home that makes use of recycled materials

When we think about sustainable homes, we tend to think about energy usage. A new home in Columbia City, US, can claim to not only be energy efficient, but to make sustainable use of materials. Reclaimed Modern has near net zero energy consumption and is built using reclaimed metal, wood and concrete.  Read More

Work on the MMMMMS House began back in 2011 and was finally completed in 2014 (Photo: Anna...

It takes a certain kind of house and climate to make semi-outdoor living appeal on a regular basis (as my rusting garden furniture attests). Australia's Cut Paw Paw House manages it, and so does Spain's similar MMMMMS House: a passively-cooled home extended with a skeletal structure that serves to encourage its owners to spend more time outside.  Read More

The London Underline concept would see the city's disused tunnels used as a network of cyc...

Getting around the streets of any busy city can be slow and frustrating. One concept for making it easier in London, however, would see pedestrians and cyclists moved below the streets. The London Underline concept proposes using the city's disused tunnels used as a network of cycle and footpaths.  Read More

Carlo Ratti Associati's Personal Cloud detects when individuals walk below it and sprays t...

One way of keeping people cool in hot climates is to spray a cool mist through which they can walk. Spraying mist continuously, however, can use a lot of water. A new installation called Personal Cloud reduces the amount of water used by detecting passersby and targeting mist at them only.  Read More

In all, the students worked on the project for 10 weeks (Photo: Central College)

Iowa-based Central College environmental studies majors Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten decided to build a tiny house for their senior project. Thanks to a hand-me-down storehouse, combined with the pair's knack for salvaging furniture from scrap, they were able to do so at a cost of just US$489.  Read More

Aktivhaus B10 explores how materials, design and technology can extend home sustainability...

Though we've covered lots of Passive Houses, a project in Stuttgart, Germany, claims to be the "first fully functional Active House in the world." Aktivhaus B10 is said to use "active measures" such as self-learning and automation to improve its energy performance.  Read More

The Observatory is currently installed in the South Downs National Park (Photo: Matt Dunki...

Last year, we reported on an Indiegogo campaign raising funds to build The Observatory: an off-grid tiny shelter and artist's studio that will visit various locations in England and allow an artist-in-residence to live and work, displaying their created art to visitors. Though it didn't reach its crowdfunding goal, the project survived, and was recently installed in Winchester's South Downs National Park.  Read More

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