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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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