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House

Studio Apxe has completed a new house that generates more energy than it uses (Photo: Miss...

Architecture firm Studio Apxe has completed a new house that generates more energy than it uses. As well as high energy efficiency, the house in Kladnica, Bulgaria, features biomass heating and solar panels on its roof to generate electricity.  Read More

Gizmag looks at 10 houses that are lightweight, low-impact, small and efficient

Buckminster Fuller supposedly asked the question, "do you know how much your house weighs?" Nowadays we are more conscious of house size, but what about weight, impact on the site, and mobility? Here's a look at ten innovative, lightweight architectural offerings including designs that sit up on stilts, float on water, or can be delivered by flat-bed truck ... and they all weigh a great deal less than standard bricks and mortar.  Read More

American web designer Alek Lisefski has recently finished building his very own tiny house...

Following in the footsteps of the Tiny Tack House and Pocket Shelter, American web designer Alek Lisefski has recently finished building his very own tiny house on wheels. After becoming tired of paying high rental costs and with the goal of owning his own home, constructing a micro and mobile house became the perfect solution for Alek and girlfriend Anjali.  Read More

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns user habits, offering convenience and reduced energy b...

In a clear statement that it believes the future of the home is a connected one, Google today announced its acquisition of smart device company Nest for US$3.2 billion. Following the success of its Learning Thermostat in 2011, Nest introduced its Protect smoke alarm last year, resulting in a line of products that has caught the eye of Google CEO Larry Page.  Read More

Gizmag gives the nod to 10 outstanding forest-based retreats

From children’s fables to cheesy horror movies, the archetypical cabin in the woods has long provided inspiration for storytellers. This makes sense when one considers the unique experience that living isolated amid nature offers. With this in mind, Gizmag gives a nod to 10 outstanding forest-based retreats.  Read More

The decor is distinctly low-maintenance and industrial (Photo: Lucas Henning)

From Hurricane Katrina to the Polar Vortex which has buried large swathes of North America under snow, we're frequently reminded that when extreme weather hits, the results can be devastating. Tsunami House, by Designs Northwest Architects, has been built to withstand the worst nature can throw at it: high winds, storms, and yes, even a tsunami.  Read More

Car Park House is based in Echo Park, Los Angeles (Photo: Steve King)

Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio Anonymous Architects has completed an unusual property which gives primacy to the occupant's automobile. Like the firm's Big and Small House, Car Park House is again a fine example of using a modest-sized plot to its fullest, but in this case Anonymous Architects took the step of installing a rooftop-based car port.  Read More

Ninja Sphere is a one stop intelligent hub, that takes care of all your devices and applia...

Wouldn't it be nice to have a digital house elf that handles the operation of all your various electronic devices? That's what the Ninja Sphere aims to be, a one stop intelligent hub designed to add your various household devices to the Internet of Things. Like other home automation systems, such as Revolv, Ninja Sphere can monitor and allow the remote control of connected devices, but offers expanded capabilities with its gesture control interface and the ability to map the location of devices in the home in real time.  Read More

The Pop-Out Outlet in use

You've probably never given much thought to your electrical outlets, but apparently the folks at Legrand think that those always-exposed holes are kinda ugly. That's why they created the chic-looking and actually kind of practical Pop-Out Outlet.  Read More

Gizmag's Top 10 off-grid homes

We're big fans of off-grid homes here at Gizmag – and for good reason: an off-grid home frees the owner from the vagaries of unscrupulous energy giants, can potentially help reduce impact on the environment, and offers a greater self-sufficiency. Join us as we shine a light on 10 of our favorites.  Read More

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