Dan Phillips makes recycled home builds possible with no waste

Dan Phillips – the creative mastermind behind cowboy boot-shaped houses and treehouses – builds these innovative spaces entirely from recycled materials. The Texas based innovator – with his passion for design, conservation and affordable housing – allows for nothing to go to waste in the building of homes, bringing new life to everything from cork, number plates, picture frames to old CDs. Dan Phillips set up his … Continue reading Dan Phillips makes recycled home builds possible with no waste

Copenhagen International School: Sustainable school decked out in 12,000 solar panels

A new and sustainable school in Copenhagen, with a unique facade of 12,000 solar panels arranged in a sequin-like effect, is capable of supplying more than half of the school’s annual electricity consumption. The solar cells cover a total area of 6,048 square meters making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark. Copenhagen International School (CIS), designed by C.F. Møller Architects, is … Continue reading Copenhagen International School: Sustainable school decked out in 12,000 solar panels

Community Rebuilds: Providing skills to build affordable, sustainable homes

Community Rebuilds is teaching people to build affordable, sustainable homes out of materials such as clay, straw and soil, in an effort to expand knowledge about valuable natural building skills across the US. Community Rebuilds, which started life in Moab, Utah, aims to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. Under the Community Rebuilds program, interns participate in a … Continue reading Community Rebuilds: Providing skills to build affordable, sustainable homes

DesignBuildBLUFF: Architecture students collaborate with the Navajo nation to create sustainable housing

DesignBuildBLUFF, a University of Utah program, is bringing together architecture students with the Navajo nation to design and build sustainable homes on the Utah-based Navajo reservation. In preparation for working alongside indigenous tribes to design and build full-scale works of architecture, up to sixteen students study indigenous architecture and Southwestern vernacular during the Autumn semester, as part of the DesignBuildBLUFF program. DesignBuildBLUFF say: “DesignBuildBLUFF is about giving. Each … Continue reading DesignBuildBLUFF: Architecture students collaborate with the Navajo nation to create sustainable housing

ContainHotel: A mobile boutique hotel made from shipping containers

ContainHotel, a boutique hotel currently located on a surf campsite in the Czech Republic, is the latest innovation in the use of shipping containers as sustainable, green buildings. The ContainHotel has been designed to be mobile, easily demountable and used as a seasonal hotel. Built by Czech design firm Artikul Architects, this green hotel was created using three repurposed shipping containers, and built to be … Continue reading ContainHotel: A mobile boutique hotel made from shipping containers

Self-builds: Natural swimming pool made using larch wood

When a woodsman and eco-builder and a DIY natural swimming pool champion come together, you get a self-build match made in heaven – a stunning, eco-friendly organic pool made from larch wood. Woodsman, author and natural eco-builder, Ben Law, created the natural swimming pool at his home in the woods, Prickly Nut Wood, a working coppice woodland in West Sussex, UK. Ben Law enlisted the … Continue reading Self-builds: Natural swimming pool made using larch wood

Wikkelhouse: The little sustainable home

Wikkelhouse may just be the sustainable solution to an affordable home that you can transport just about anywhere. Only thing you need to consider is where you want to park it? Designed by the Amsterdam-based Fiction Factory, the ingenious Wikkelhouse is a little home made out of robust and durable cardboard and finished in wood. All materials used are sustainable, right down to the biodegradeable … Continue reading Wikkelhouse: The little sustainable home

Cabana Floripa: A hilltop home created “intuitively” from demolished houses

Sustainable housing takes on a whole new angle with the hilltop home, known as ‘Cabana Floripa’, in the island of Florianópolis, Brazil, made from demolished houses. Cabana Floripa was built by Uruguayan visual artist Jaime entirely using his “intuition”. He collected scrap pieces of glass bottles, ceramic tiles, demolition wood, pottery scraps and mirrors and an assortment of trash, much of it from demolished houses, … Continue reading Cabana Floripa: A hilltop home created “intuitively” from demolished houses