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Future Homes: “Modular Water Dwellings” By Grimshaw Architects

The Water Dwellings use minimal energy, with well-insulated and shaded lower pontoons and upper stories, and energy provided by solar roof panels and heat exchangers built into base boxes below the waterline. By developing a communal energy supply, the Water Dwellings’ environmental efficiency has the potential to achieve near zero energy use.

Modular Water Dwellings - Grimshaw Architects + Concrete Valley - 2020

Global design practice Grimshaw and Dutch manufacturing specialists Concrete Valley have developed an innovative design for Modular Water Dwellings, in response to the growing risks of climate change and the challenges of increasing urbanisation.

Sustainability Strategy - Modular Water Dwellings - Grimshaw Architects 2020

Grimshaw ArchitectsThe Modular Water Dwellings incorporate standardised components that provide efficiency in manufacturing, while still allowing a variety of internal layouts for occupants’ individual requirements. The Dwellings can be orientated and spaced in different ways, responding to varying site contexts, local conditions, light sources and primary views. They also maximise the use of durable and non-corroding materials, such as concrete and glass, ensuring a long design life that anticipates multiple occupants.

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Top Home Architecture: “Arrowleaf Cabin” By GoCstudio In Seattle

goCstudio ArchitectureLocated just outside Winthrop in eastern Washington, the site for this small cabin lies in the Methow Valley. Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade mountains, the dramatic views from the site and opportunity for year round recreation drew our client to this region. A strong relationship to the site topography and varying climate was key to the design.

Arrowleaf Cabin - GoCstudio - Seattle 2020

Arrowleaf Cabin - GoCstudio - Seattle 2020The program for the project was to design a two bedroom cabin which maximized the connection to the surrounding natural environment and outdoor living. This cabin would initially serve as a weekend retreat from the city, and later become a permanent home. Our client wanted to create an efficient floor plan for the house, with open interior/exterior living, bedrooms above, and garage below. It was important to use durable materials throughout the exterior of the cabin due to the extreme climate and fire hazard in the area. The upper levels of the cabin sit on a concrete plinth which forms the garage. Concrete is used to both ground the cabin and retain the natural slope of the site that the cabin sits in. Above, black corrugated metal sheets are used as an efficient and weather resistant siding material. A shed roof with large overhangs on all sides protects the cabin from the heavy winter snowload. A large cantilevered exterior deck opens out from the main level, vastly increasing the living space in the summer months. Views from the deck capture the surrounding mountain ranges and natural beauty of the site.

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Future Of Houseboating: “Lounge Boat” By German Firm FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA“Houseboats in the ‘Tom Sawyer wooden hut style’ are still widespread in the tourist sector,” architect Chris Finckh explains the idea behind the new development. “We wanted to build a boat that would allow you to experience the changing natural and urban spaces intensively and in a very special way from the water. It should be a powerful touring houseboat with a high standard of aesthetics and functionality.

“The boat-loving architects, Chris Finckh and Tanja Wunderlich-Finckh, teamed up with Haus & Boot Manufaktur Magdeburg, which specializes in advice, planning and building individual houseboats is and implemented the planning of the architects. 

The lounge boat is 44 square meters, has four beds and a small bathroom with all the necessary amenities. It is approved for inland waters (category D), but can also sail larger rivers such as the Elbe or Havel as a version with more motorization. As a spatial extension, there is a U-shaped roof terrace, which is designed as a lounge area and is accessible via a ladder at the rear. 

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA

“We have already used the noraplan uni rubber flooring more often in residential construction, it is perfectly suited for the high-quality material concept of the lounge boat,” Finckh continues. “With its silky matt surface and pleasant feel, the material looks extremely classy”.

 

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA

The prototype of the new touring houseboat, which is currently in Werder an der Havel, meets the highest demands in terms of aesthetics and functionality. The color is limited to a minimum, so that there is a lot of space for experiencing nature. The materials also had to match the high-quality ambience and the puristic room concept. 

Lounge Boat - FINCKH ARCHITEKTEN BDA

The architect therefore chose the rubber covering noraplan uni  from nora systems. The special feature: Not only the floors of the lounge boat, but also the walls were covered with the product. The design classic with its subtle light gray and matt surface ideally underlines the classy, ​​puristic look.

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Hi-Tech Mobile Housing: “The Space By IO House” – Self-Contained, Off-Grid

IO House InteriorThe SPACE by IO House is a modern living solution requiring absolutely nothing from the “grid.” All the utilities you need are integrated and completely autonomous, including water, electricity, heating and wifi. A smart device is all that is required to monitor and manage your living experience.

The SPACE comes fully equipped with furniture, appliances, and the necessary gadgets to control them.

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This includes a built-in kitchen, bathroom, heating and cooling systems, as well as a smart air ventilation with oxygen level control. Incredibly, all this can be managed at your fingertips through your smartphone. All aspects of the smart home technology have been carefully thought through and the SPACE provides all necessities required for a comfortable, stress free living.

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Tiny Homes: Norwegian “Norske Mikrohus” – High Quality Natural Materials

Norske Mikrohus Tiny Homes InteriorNorske Mikrohus is a Norwegian tiny home producer focused on the future and the climate. Our micro homes are built from natural materials, have a moderate energy consumption and a minimal footprint. Micro homes show us that it is possible to build small yet maintain a comfortable living standard.

We build houses of high quality, made with natural materials by skilled carpenters. We build for the harsh Norwegian climate and our homes are comfortable year around.

Micro homes are functional, complete dwellings with a space for daily activities, sleeping and a full size kitchen and bathroom. We have space for both a dishwasher and a washing machine. We aim for smart, multi-functional solution and build the furniture ourselves for better use of the space.

Norske Mikrohus LogoOur houses comes with electric floor heating as standard, and combined with a small oven or a wood stove, you are guaranteed to stay warm all thought winter. Our biggest model has a total of 22 square meters floor area.

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Travel: “The Amazing Luxurious Villas Of Tuscany” (Architecture)

Tuscany, Italy is an Incredible Land With Beautiful Landscapes, Where Striking Historical Villas Dominate the Vineyards, Olive Groves and Sunflowers Fields. A Hilly Region Rich in Agriculture, Tuscany Was the Home of the Etruscan Civilization, and Later the Birthplace of the Renaissance. It’s Known for Charming, Historic Towns Like Siena, Florence, Cortona and Lucca, Tuscany Offers the Best in Culture, Scenery and Serenity. (Part 1 below)

Future Of Mobile Living: Amazing “Expanding” Tiny House (Zero Squared)

The 26 foot long tiny house on wheels has large rooms with a Murphy bed on the main floor, a 3-seater couch, rotating TV and fireplace, a combo washer dryer, loads of storage space, and a massive kitchen with a full-size fridge and more!

About the Aurora:

This model features two of our propriety integrated modular expanding spaces that adds over 120 sqft to a traditional tiny house towing platform of equal length. Available in lengths of 26′, 28′ and 30′ in a 8′ 6″ towing width that expands to 15′ 6″ onsite:

The “Nordic” features Scandinavian design features:

  • 341 sqft main floor 
  • 33 sqft double bed loft
  • Ground level queen bedroom Rotating RV and Fireplace
  • Solid cedar window trim
  • Gloss finish millwork
  • Integrated 50 sqft deck
  • Full Size Kitchen, living and dining rooms

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Tiny Home Design: “Base Cabin” By Studio Edwards – “Efficient Micro Living”

Studio-Edwards-Base-Cabin-mobile-tiny-home InteriorThe design is inspired by the A-Frame cabin & iconic airstream trailer.  The A-frame structurally efficient & using less material than conventional portal framed buildings. Mute in its appearance & clad in black rubber to blend into its surrounds.

Designed by Studio Edwards for Base Cabin . A mobile retreat providing a fresh design approach to the ‘micro-home’ typology. Designed to be transported on a trailer & wheeled into its desired location.  Providing an intimate connection to nature & the great outdoors.

Base Cabine - Studio Edwards - Micro Home exterior

A cosy sleeping space sits below the A-frame roof with triangular window framing views outwards . Complete with central bathroom shower bathed in light from the roof-light above. A kitchenette to the rear of the cabin provides kitchen functionality with a window seat & fold out table adjacent to a large operable glazed facade.

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