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Gomos Modular Home takes 3 days to install

Portuguese architect Samuel Gonclaves has created a clever concrete modular housing system called the "Gomos System." It was launched late last year in Arouca, Portugal with funding from 18 local companies to help get the project off the ground. The system consists of a series of singular reinforced concrete modules (gomos) which are entirely prefabricated off-site (inside and out) and simply join together, providing a fully livable home in a matter of days.
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Irish county makes Passive House construction mandatory

We cover a lot of impressive Passive Houses here at Gizmag, but relatively few are actually built worldwide. Which is why it's exciting that Ireland's Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has reportedly passed a law requiring all new homes in the area be built to the Passive House standard or feature an equivalent performance. Read More

Hyperions "vertical village" slated for India

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut continues to refine his distinctive style of futuristic sustainable architecture with Hyperions. The cluster of connected timber towers – or "vertical village" – features more sustainable design than you can shake a stick at and, according to the architect, is due to be constructed by 2022 near New Delhi, India.Read More

Is this the end for China's weird architecture?

China is well-stocked with unusual and copycat architecture, and the vast country boasts its own versions of Western landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, White House, Tower Bridge, and even an entire Austrian village. However, the New York Times reports that the days of weird Chinese architecture may well be numbered following a new directive issued by Chinese government.Read More

Tainan Public Library looks comfortable in its second skin

New designs for the planned Tainan Public Library in Taiwan show a top-heavy tiered building with its uppermost floor wrapped in a decorative second skin. The stepped configuration of the building increases its perimeter at each level, creating a canopy, while the additional skin helps to regulate internal temperature.Read More

Hungarian lookout tower offers a room with a view

Nartarchitects recently completed work on an unusual project involving one of the tallest observation towers in Hungary. Located on a mountain range and connected to a well-trodden hiking route, the Lookout Tower at Galyatető features three shelters which offer hikers a unique – if rather spartan – place to rest their heads.Read More

Downsizing down under: Sustainable Melbourne home responds to urban sprawl

Australia's Austin Maynard Architects has completed a high-end Melbourne home that's pitched as a response to the inexorable growth of urban areas. Dubbed That House, it takes up almost half the physical footprint of its neighbors, but remains an enviably attractive place to live. The home also boasts sustainable features including a rainwater collection system and roof-based solar panel array.Read More

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