‘Monocle On Design’ discusses the origins of tessellations in Islamic art and ask how architecture affects our work-life balance. Plus: author Shelley Klein recounts her childhood in a mid-century house in Scotland and we preview Monocle’s city-themed July/August issue.
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.
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.
The 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.
Located 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.
The 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.
Keep things simple and stay focused. Monastically inspired design promotes a minimalist yet productive work lifestyle. All unnecessary details have been removed to keep every feature of the pod indispensable.
Open, Yet Private
The completely enclosed space gives you the privacy you need to focus at work. Minimal design aesthetic, tempered glass walls that allow for open views, & high vaulted ceilings give a feeling of openness, providing mental clarity & the space to breathe.
With built-in shelves and drawers to free up space and provide much-needed storage, a SmartDesk 2 – Home Office, and a Kinn Chair, the pod comes completely furnished with everything that you need to immediately start working more effectively from home.
You won’t find a better price for a completely self-contained home office like the Zen Work Pod. With its gorgeous contemporary design and full installation included within the price, the decision is easy. PLUS, subscribe before Jun 15 for super early bird deals ($1500 off retail price)!
The 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.
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.
Norske 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.
Our 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.
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)
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