Modern Eco Houses

Our homes represent a place of belonging, a place where we rest, gather and make memories.

In the last decade, eco products have become all the rage as people make an effort to be kinder to the environment, as well as their wallets. A green home is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. And also focuses on the efficient use of energy, water, and building materials.

Having that in mind, we prepared a selection of our favourite modern eco-houses designed by amazing architects to inspire you and your clients next projects.

House #1

A collaboration with the German company Huf Haus to bring life to the house owners vision of an energy-efficient premanufactured home.
The house has triple glazing, underfloor heating, a heat pump and excellent insulation. But adding a 10kW array of solar electric panels, 12kW of storage batteries and LED lighting meant the home achieved its zero-bills aim.

House #2

From the outside, The Curved House has an unassuming posture that evokes curiosity. Once inside though, the home shines with distinctive character and thoughtful placement of community spaces. The home was designed by Hufft Projects an architecture firm that has quietly built an impressive portfolio of modern designs in the heart of America. The Kansas City-based firm considered sustainability at every phase of designing The Curved House, most notably with a solar array on the cabana roof, a geothermal system and radiant floor heating.

House #3

Floating house brings luxury design and pure fantasy together in their minimal design. The house was designed with the highest standards of sustainability and the idea of seamless connection with nature. The home was architected by Singapore based Dymitr Malcew. Malcew’s designs include imaginative takes on sustainable office, retail and residential spaces. 

House #4

Clients opted for a highly insulated timber frame with a blockwork outer skin and triple-glazing to ensure their award-winning project met Passivhaus standards. Warmth generated by solar gain and activities such as cooking is recirculated throughout the building by a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system. An air source heat pump (ASHP) warms the property’s domestic hot water supply. This results in extremely low annual energy bills, despite the Scottish Highland location.

House #5

The owners new home offers the accessible and comfortable environment they were after and keeps energy bills to a minimum. Warmcell, a cellulose insulation made of recycled paper, provided an eco-friendly way to make the engineered timber frame thermally-efficient. The windows and doors are timber and triple glazed with a powder-coated aluminium cladding, so they require little to no maintenance.

House #6

The Ecocapsule was designed as an independent alternative to settling down in one place. The design uses solar, wind and rainwater to allow for off-the-grid living from anywhere. You’d have to live without a white picket fence, but something about this idea provokes some serious feelings of wanderlust.

House #7

The Meera Sky Garden House connects design to nature through four stories of brilliant architecture and tranquil gardens. The Singapore home was created by Guz Architects, best known for their use of sustainable materials and commitment to increasing the use of gardens to break down the transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. 

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Outdoor Kitchens – How to fulfill your Outdoor Entertaining Dreams

Why limit yourself to a lawn with just a grill when you can own a home that has a full-on outdoor kitchen?

Below, a roundup of listings where outdoor kitchens are a standout feature.

12 Mountain Wood Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut

Built in a Georgian Colonial style, this home in the tony town of Greenwich has an entrance featuring a curved staircase and several formal entertaining rooms. The lower level is decked out with a gym, sauna, movie theater, game room, and wine cellar. And then there’s the impressive 7,000-square-foot stone terrace that includes a pool, and a cabana with a souped-up kitchen that even has a wood-burning fireplace.

Grand Residence R-4, The Strand, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Sustainably built with a solar-energy system and energy-efficient appliances, this estate is located in The Strand, an upscale Turks and Caicos development with oceanfront residences. Owners have access to amenities such as tennis and pickleball courts, a pool, and a yoga deck. Grand Residence R-4 includes a main house with a great room that leads to a terrace with an infinity pool and a kitchen that has two grills.

72-208 Waiulu Street, Hualālai Resort, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Featuring uninterrupted Pacific Ocean views from most rooms, this property has 12-foot ceilings and overlooks the 16th and 17th holes of the Hualalai Golf Course. The nearly 2,500-square-foot lanai, or covered porch, is the big claim to fame: It has a large pool and a chef-worthy kitchen complete with a pizza oven, fire pit, and Molteni oven: the centerpiece appliance in the kitchens of the world’s top restaurants.

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81 Dragon Peak Drive, Henderson, Nevada

This architecturally distinctive home is contemporary in design and overlooks the Strip and the Red Rock mountain range. There’s plenty to be impressed about: the neutral serene color theme, indoor-outdoor casita, gym, billiards room, glass wine cellar, bar, and indoor-outdoor office. The outdoor area is equally wow and includes a courtyard with a reflecting pool, two infinity pools, a cooking area with a hibachi grill, a bar, and a swim-up barbecue kitchen.

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Inspiring ideas for the ideal Living Room

Whether your living room is an open plan space in need of parlor-style seating zones or a smaller, cozier spot, these living room ideas from the world’s top interior designers are sure to inspire your next decorating project.
With everything from fearless splashes of color to richly patterned wallpaper, these masterful displays will guide you in creating chic, statement-making living rooms that burst with their own senses of character.

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Here are a few topics to have in mind to help with your living room decoration:

Frilly details
All comfortable everything
Multipurpose furniture
Natural elements
Curved pieces
Statement art
Plenty of texture

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Guidelines for a pleasant restaurant aesthetic design

One of the most critical aspects of making a restaurant successful is the design itself.
A restaurant interior plays an important role in the whole experience of eating out, a good review isn’t solely down to the food. Creating an environment that complements the menu and the space’s interior architecture is no simple feat.

Yhdessä Restaurant in Ruovesi by Studio Autograph.

ZZ’s Sushi Bar in Miami.

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Blue Romance, A masterful moment captured by Sean Fennessy at Nineteen at The Star.

At its core, restaurant design is all about creating a holistic dining experience for the customer. Whether it’s the entryway of the establishment, the communal seating area of a private dining space, or the energy of the bar, every component of restaurant design is purposeful.

Below a list of the top 7 topics to keep in mind when undertaking a restaurant design project:

  • Restaurants Everywhere Need to Feel Safe & Comfortable
  • A Variety of Dining Options
  • Texture, Texture, Texture
  • Local Flavor
  • On-Brand Design and Storytelling
  • Warmer Palettes
  • Increased Online Presence

Tattu Restaurant and Bar, Contemporary Chinese Cuisine in Manchester.

A design masterpiece by internationally acclaimed Lazaro Rosa-Violán, Cotton House’s Batuar Restaurant and Bar fuses Catalan artistry with timeless colonial elegance while paying homage to the building’s former use.

Last fall, San Diego celebrated the opening of Born & Raised, a $6.5 million Art Deco extravaganza helmed by CH Projects and twice Michelin-starred executive chef Jason.

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Three Penthouse projects that truly inspire us

South Villa

South Villa is a five-story penthouse in the award-winning Clifton Terraces apartments on Victoria Road, Cape Town. Its elevated position on the iconic Lion’s Head takes in extravagant ocean views and local landmarks such as Table Mountain and Clifton’s pristine beaches. The building mimics the existing contours of the site, sensitively ensuring that the views from neighboring sites were unaffected or even improved. The interior décor and interior architecture, by ARRCC and OKHA, has stylistic connections to the style modern movement of the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s.

Each apartment effortlessly binds state-of-the-art technologies into the fabric of its functionality and existence with 24/7 security, services, and amenities that afford a lock-up-and-go lifestyle for summer or all-year-round living . Through the seamlessly integrated home automation system, almost any aspect of the villa can be remotely controlled and personalized, including the lift, pool and Wi-Fi.

Penthouse in Magdalena

Penthouse in Magdalena emerges inside a building located in Colonia del Valle, in Mexico City. The concept that generated the design consisted on the integration of allusive elements of the Mexican culture, contrasting with details and contemporary accents, seeking to generate a harmonious and integral composition. The characteristics of the space and its context allowed the development of an environment with adequate natural lighting and views to the exterior, granting freshness to the environment and privacy in relation to the boundaries of the site. The project is characterized by the high degree of detail in its elements, creating a harmonious and aesthetic character, capable of generating different sensations in the user.

The intimate area of the project is characterized by the dominant use of warm tones, optimizing the lighting in the space and at the same time creating a comfortable atmosphere. The playfulness of the lines present in the finishes and furniture give visual continuity to the project, in addition to subtle textures. In this way, Penthouse in Magdalena is conceived as an interesting project in terms of interior design and distribution, where its elements are related both in functionality and aesthetics, providing identity and character.

De Rotterdam Suite


In order to create a spacious home, 2 properties are combined into this one luxury penthouse. One apartment is designed as one big living area including kitchen. The second apartment includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a jacuzzi and a sauna – 6 meter long bathroom for the master bedroom with a view towards the Rotterdam harbour – a jacuzzi besides the bed in the master bedroom – a glass sliding door behind for semi outside experience. Even from the 2 person shower you can enjoy the view because you can look all the way through the 13 m long bathroom and bedroom.

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2022 Architecture Trends

Trends are promising in terms of changes leaning towards the search for safe haven and harmony in our homes and diversifying their multifunctionality .

Home automation and Smart homes

A smart building offers its users greater comfort and reduces consumption bills. Domotic architecture is a reflection of social awareness for the care of the environment and the need to consume the right.

Open And Multipurpose Spaces

The commitment to integrate different areas of the house to create diaphanous and multi-purpose environments is becoming clearer. This solution will allow you to enjoy more meters, what you get from the dividing walls and very practical spaces for the whole family.

The Bathroom Is A Space To Relax

The bathroom is no longer just a space dedicated to personal care. This stay is now understood as the place to relax after a hard day’s work. Where to disconnect outside to reconnect during a shower that will release our tensions. And all this thanks to the design and decoration.

Protagonism Of Floors And Walls

These decorative elements become more prominent in the architectural trends of 2022. The roofs with quality tiles that imitate different materials are imposed by their functionality.

The New Minimalism

The trend towards minimalism in architecture translates into a commitment to simple forms using modern and cutting-edge materials. Contract designs are highly required for homes and hotels, as well as for office buildings and shopping centers. It is a tendency to use quality materials to ensure thermal and acoustic insulation that will result in economic savings and an environmental benefit.

Less Noise, More Light

Noise is a pollutant that we are exposed to inside and outside our homes. That is why more and more architectural projects are carried out with this hassle in mind, using distributions and materials that minimize noise within buildings.

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Modern Concrete Houses

A robust building material, concrete can withstand extreme weather conditions and requires little maintenance as a non-porous substance. It boasts excellent thermal mass, which reduces energy spent on heating and cooling, takes less energy to produce compared to other materials, and boasts low CO2 emissions.

Extremely durable, versatile, and sustainable to boot, concrete is a smart building material, as these homes show.“, Dwell

Our Studio is a fan of concrete houses, and that’s why we prepared a selection of 10 Modern Concrete Houses to inspire you and your clients’ next projects.

HOUSE #1
A circular skylight carved into the patio canopy allows occupants to dine under the sky, whilst being shielded from direct sunlight. It also opens up the living room and kitchen to natural daylight, which is especially beneficial during the darker winter months. Designed by Pascual Architecte, this unique feature gives the house an unexpected twist, accentuating its modern minimalist feel.

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HOUSE #2
This highly exposed, ocean-facing home was created using thick concrete walls supported by a steel frame. Chosen for its durability and resistance to erosion, the angular concrete structure with sloping external walls blends beautifully into the rolling rural landscape. The addition of extensive floor-to-ceiling glass panels creates an interplay between indoor and outdoor spaces while showcasing panoramic views of the ocean. A central courtyard, outdoor swimming pool, and external buttress supports were all created using varying shades, textures, and finishes of concrete.

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HOUSE #3
This airy brutalist family home near Tel Aviv At was designed by the Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem. Modern and light-filled interiors enliven a brutalist concrete structure in the city of Ramat HaSharon near Tel Aviv. Another amazing reference for Modern Concrete Houses.

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HOUSE #4
Designers Christopher Robertson and Vivi Nguyen-Robertson conceived their house as an unfolding sequence of simple geometric forms: a low concrete wall, a concrete cube, and a box clad in Siberian larch.

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HOUSE #5
Blackened wood and bronze-colored aluminum window frames blur the boundaries between the house and the surrounding acacia tree forest, while the textured concrete walls soften the overall feel and pale concrete floors create a clean aesthetic. A central wood-burning in the open-plan living room offers a cozy focal point for the winter months. Created by Buenos Aires architect studio Luciano Kruk, this one-storey concrete house on the coastline of Costa Esmeralda combines wood board-imprinted concrete with wood, glass panels, and a metal frame to form a quick-build home that’s as cost-effective as it is beautiful. 

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HOUSE #6
Sitting on the edge of Puertos de Beceite national park in Aragon, Spain, is Casa Solo Pezo, the first property in the Solo Office collection of cutting-edge, architect-designed vacation rentals. Designed by the award-winning and MoMA-exhibited Chilean architects at Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, Casa Solo Pezo features a large concrete square structure that’s set on top of a smaller concrete square base. 

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HOUSE #7
The structure was inspired by “Walden”, a book written by Henry David Thoreau about living a simple life in a natural environment. Inside, guests will find a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen area. A terrace with a concrete table becomes the ideal outdoor dining space. Guests can relax in the comfortable hammock, cool down in the private pool, walk through the nearby gardens, or take a swim in the ocean, which is just five minutes away from the house. The minimalist structure is made of concrete and features wooden accents that add a rustic warmth to the interior. Surrounded by vegetation and sand, the peaceful, comfortable and simple house is the perfect choice for a relaxing getaway in the middle of nature. 

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HOUSE #8
The Wall House in Cascais, a coastal town in an area known as the Portuguese Riviera, is an 11,840-square-foot homemade with concrete, wood, and glass—and boasts a pair of large swimming pools on two levels.  Designed by José Guedes Cruz, César Marques, and Marco Marinho of the Portugal-based firm Guedes Cruz Architects, The Wall House is laid out in an open-box plan and is fitted with plenty of glass windows to enhance the synergy between its interior and exterior spaces.

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HOUSE #9
An undulating, S-shaped interior wall guides the programs within this Brutalist-inspired concrete abode.  In the city of Hsinchu in northern Taiwan, Taipei-based firm Yuan Architects designed a four-level dwelling with a Brutalist-style, raw concrete shell. An S-shaped wall weaves through the interiors, carving up public and private spaces shared by three generations of a family. 

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HOUSE #10
With a distinctive indented facade, the property resembles its namesake, particularly appropriate given the house was built for a stamp collector. While the architecture is pretty incredible, the design serves a practical function too – the durable home was built to withstand the area’s powerful cyclones, while its cantilevered structure minimises the impact of flooding.
Designed by Wright Architects, the dwelling’s interior is equally as impressive. A large open-plan living room houses the kitchen, dining zone, lounge and gym, sheltered beneath a vaulted concrete-beamed ceiling. Bedrooms flank this area in secluded wings, offering private spaces to relax and slumber.

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