Disappear Retreat – Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Water

Clad in reflective glass, the Disappear Retreat integrates itself into any landscape. The prefab dwelling puts you right in the middle of nature without disrupting it. At just 83 square-feet, the dwell prefab is lightweight and can be transported on a standard trailer. Its compact size has minimal impact on the land and requires no active heating or cooling systems. All of the energy is collected from the sun with a thin-film PV in the south wall. A mirrored facade blends the exterior into its surroundings, while the inside is afforded prime views of the night’s sky through the glass ceiling. And don’t forget to check another great example of mirror house – luxury hotel in Northern Sweden.

Floating Manta Ray-Shaped Ferry Terminal By Vincent Callebaut

Architect Vincent Callebaut has designed a floating ferry terminal for Seoul with a form that references the hyperbolic geometry of a Manta Ray. Suspended above the marina and adjacent gardens, the structure offers elevated views across the Han river and Yeouido park — an experimental urban space dedicated to sustainable development. The project’s main objective is to enhance the site’s natural irrigation by transforming the park into an ecological forest of willow trees. Vincent Callebaut’s design is divided into three levels: floating dikes that protect an enclosed marina from water currents; an upper building, which contains leisure and recreation facilities; and an observation deck with a rooftop orchard. Accessed via a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge, the latter of which also includes photovoltaic panels and wind turbines. Food courts, exhibition galleries, and educational spaces are found below, inviting both passengers and visitors to explore the structure. Crucially, the floating terminal produces 100% of its own energy. The roof’s edge is lined with 3,500 square meters of opaque photovoltaic panels, while a vertical axis wind turbine farm provides even more power. In addition, organic and biodegradable waste from the park supplies a biomethanation plant to create further energy. Meanwhile, the building’s honeycomb CLT structure is responsibly sourced from local forest trees. “The “Manta ray” project promotes the permeability and renaturalization of river banks in cities with rivers running through them,” says Vincent Callebaut. “The banks become new playgrounds for social innovation, and for urban “consumers-actors” seeking to promote urban farming, agroforestry and permaculture. The goal is to make them less vulnerable to climate change, and to the subsequent dramatic flood and urban heat island events witnessed over the past decades.”

Biodome – Spherical House Of The Future

Biodome is a unique glass and metal geodesic dome home. They’re earth sheltered and could function simultaneously as a recreational space, classroom, science lab or observatory. Also, the unique aerodynamic structure of the dome allows both warm and cold air to flow around instead of through the domicile, keeping temperatures pleasant at all times. Little fluctuation in temperature also equates to a lowered carbon footprint. They’re also earthquake resistant up to 8.5 magnitudes on the Richter scale, can withstand winds in excess of 200 mph, are available in 20 different models that can be sized and customized to fit your specific needs. Pricing is available upon request.

New World’s Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava’s Tower at Dubai Creek Harbor

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has released more images of his proposed Dubai Creek Tower – now under construction and expected to surpass the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa. The landmark observation tower broke ground earlier this week on Dubai Creek Harbour, a vast development along the waterfront of the United Arab Emirates city. Calatrava hasn’t revealed the planned height of the tower yet – but the architect’s son, Micael Calatrava, has said that the structure will be “a notch taller” than the nearby Burj Khalifa. According to the team, the structure’s curved profile is influenced by both the form of the lily flower and the minarets that are typical of traditional Islamic architecture. It will feature rotating balconies, vertiginous observation decks and elevated gardens intended to evoke the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. “The building’s design is inspired by the Islamic tradition, evoking the same history that brought the world the Alhambra and the Mosque of Cordoba,” said Santiago Calatrava. The structure will be tethered to its waterfront site by cables – not dissimilar to those used in the architect’s Jerusalem Chords Bridge, which is modelled on a harp. These are intended to look like the ribbing of a lily’s leaves. Meanwhile, the observation decks will come together to create a bud-like shape near the top of the tower. “These architectural marvels combine elegance and beauty with math and geometry.” The tower will also integrate a sustainable cooling system that will also provide water for cleaning its exterior. “The design of the tower of Dubai Creek Harbour is rooted in classical art and the culture of Dubai itself. It is also a major technological achievement,” said Calatrava. “Throughout my career I have used technology and engineering as a vehicle for beauty and art,” he added. “This project is an artistic achievement, inspired by the goal of making this space a meeting point for citizens, not only from Dubai and the UAE but all across the world. It is a symbol of belief in progress.” The tower and Dubai Creek Harbour scheme are being developed by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties, the same firm behind the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Creek Harbour scheme will also include a pair of rocket-shaped residential towers, which the developers say will be the tallest in the world.

TOP 10 Most Amazing Architectural Projects Of The World

There are some pretty amazing buildings being constructed around the world; some of them absolutely defy conventional human civil engineering wisdom and others challenge the laws of gravity. Every year seems to take the bar higher; pioneers of material sciences, civil engineering, landscaping, interior designing are taking design and architecture to a whole new level with unbelievably futuristic spaces for work, living and play. Here’s your introduction to some of them.

David Tajchman’s Topological Gran Mediterraneo Tower For Tel Aviv

Designed by Belgian architect David Tajchman, the “Gran Mediterraneo” is a conceptual highrise building conceived for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The scheme brings together a range of innovative functions, including an automated car-park and induction charging stations for electric driverless vehicles. The multistorey tower boasts a topological geometry that contrasts the contemporary orthodox approach of stacked horizontal slabs wrapped with mirrored glass. Built with white concrete, the highrise’s façade takes on a cellular appearance, filled with native mediterranean vegetation. The tower offers a diverse mix of programs suitable for vertical living. as well as residential apartments and a hotel, the complex incorporates a range of bars and restaurants, farming areas and public gardens, swimming pools and dead sea spas. In addition, the “Gran Mediterraneo” includes coworking spaces for offices and local startups, alongside a host of educational and event spaces for larger functions. internal space is flexible, with individual apartments radiating out from the building’s central core. Each unit comprises a fluid arrangement of levels, with vast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city below.

Remarkable Tubular Glass House Built Around Tree

Kazakh history is rife with stories of people throwing stones, making this glass tree-house, by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, the perfect weapon to combat stone proliferation. First designed in 2013, the dream was shattered when investors pulled out; now, however, with a glass and solar panel manufacturer expressing interest, A.Masow Architects’ “Tree in the House” could soon become a reality. “The main purpose of this project is to offer an alternative to the bustle of city life,” explained Almassov. “We wanted to combine the capabilities of modern industrial design and the natural wealth and beauty. And more importantly it doesn’t harm to environment,” he added. “This is an opportunity to escape from the sweltering concrete boxes and feel the present unity with nature.”

World’s Greenest Eco Resort In UAE

Baharash Architecture practice has unveiled its design for the world’s greenest eco resort located in the UAE. Situated in Liwa, the UAE’s southern region, the resort is one of several the eco company is planning to instigate over the next few years. The oasis is set to open its doors in 2020 with a group of entrepreneurs striving to create a green economy. Some 157,000 sq ft of solar panels have been implemented to power the resort with all its energy needs, enveloping it in a star-shaped ribbon of panels. Baharash Bagherian, designer and founder of the London-based practice, commented on the inspiration driving the design where they draw upon the UAE’s roots: “At the very early stages of the project, we found out that we could extract groundwater using a deep well. This gave us an opportunity to create a story around a spring, which was of critical importance to Bedouins for trade and transportation routes.” Once Bagherian realised they could extract water via a deep well, they harnessed these local materials and have used this water source for the resort. Additional eco-friendly measures have been implemented such as waste water treated on site and recycled for irrigation; a zero-emission zone; and on-site waste management. The resort will also employ wildlife biologists and conservation staff. At the centre of the resort is a spring, which acts as a tranquil oasis in the heated climate. Surrounding this is a series of facilities and accommodation including 84 interconnecting suites that vary in design but all allow for views of the spring.

Underwater Eco-Village Plans To Recycle Rubbish Into ‘Seascrapers’

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut developed plans for an amazing oceanic city built out of recycled rubbish. This futuristic building proposal extends 1,000 meters down into the depths of the sea, and plans to be made entirely of 3D-printed plastic waste materials. Named for a species of bioluminescent jellyfish, this fictional city goes by the name of Aequorea. The architectural concept serves to highlight our current situation of dwindling natural resources as well as the overwhelming need to clean up our waste-filled oceans.

Company Builds Hobbit Houses In Just 3 Days

Ever wanted to live in the Middle-earth? A company called Green Magic Homes came up with an idea to build tiny prefabricated houses that look exactly like Hobbit holes and can be assembled by 3 people in a few days time! Just like Hobbit holes, these houses are designed to exist under a layer of soil and turf and can even produce food if you decided to grow some veggies on the roof. If you are not a fan of greens, they can even be covered with sand or snow, depending on where you live. If you have a vision of your own, this company can make it happen as their modular system offers endless possibilities of design. Cozy, eco-friendly houses that neatly blend in with nature, I mean you don’t even need to be a Tolkien fan to appreciate the idea!

The Modern Desktop Garden

The Grasslamp is a unique combination of gardening, interior decor and award winning design. This beautiful desktop lamp lets you grow your favorite micro-greens like wheatgrass using only water and LED light and no soil needed. Simply take your seeds, soak them in water, put them on the lid, spray them a few times each day and watch them grow! In a few days you’ll have a touch of green on your desktop as well as illumination of your workspace. The Grasslamp makes it easier than ever to enjoy the psychological benefits of gardening – all without getting your hands dirty!

Conceptual Cliffside ‘Casa Brutale’ on the Aegean Sea

“Casa Brutale” is an unclad statement of simplicity and harmony in contemporary architecture. The conceptual residence, by OPA (open platform for architecture), is a chameleonic living space that teeters on the high cliffs above the aegean sea. It is a study of aesthetics, structure, function and engineering, waiting hopefully to be built. “Casa Brutale” draws directly from Adalberto Libera’s Italian masterpiece Casa Malaparte; but rather than sitting above ground, it’s encased by the tender earth surrounding. The home is constructed with simple materials like wood, glass, and raw concrete, putting the focus on the landscape and ocean. Nothing extends above the ground level, and impact is limited to a single façade that separates the vertical cliff face. The roof of the residence is a crystalline pool made of reinforced glass. Its bottom is glazed, and functions as a massive skylight that floods the interior with natural light. Top-to-bottom glass covers the entire cliff-facing façade, which poetically maximizes the exposure of the home to the elements. Fifty stairs take homeowners downwards into the house, at the bottom of which is a tall, rotating door of aged wood . Internally, the rest of the home is bare, open, and simple. A cast concrete dining table is accompanied by a matching set of concrete benches, topped with a seating surface of wood. behind the seats, is a sculpturesque fireplace. A thin, steel staircase leads from the kitchen to the mezzanine, which is dedicated to the master bedroom . Like other furnishings, the bed frame is made of concrete and wood, and walls are mirrored to enhance the play of light and shadow. on the main floor, there’s a guest room, as well as a small corridor that leads to a storage area and bathroom.

Tiny Wind & Solar Powered Ecocapsule

Ecocapsules, designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects, promise to let anyone live off the grid for up to a year. Each unit is equipped with solar panels, a retractable wind-turbine, and a design that captures rain water. Inside, you’ll find a kitchenette with running water, a flushing toilet, and hot shower. The Ecocapsule “is suitable for a wide range of applications,” write the designers, such as an “independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit.” Those interested in buying one will be able to pre-order at the end of 2015, with delivery in the first half of 2016. A display unit will be show during the Pioneers festival in Vienna on the 28th-29th of May.

Football Stadium Arena Borisov by OFIS

OFIS have designed a football stadium in Borisov, Belarus. “The concept takes into account the natural advantages of the location and the existing interventions within the terrain, while maintaining as many of the existing trees on site as possible. Besides 13.000 seats there is additional 3.000 m2 of public space and are classified 4 stars according to UEFA categorization. Traffic and parking is organised between the forest. The arena forms a unified rounded dome, giving the impression of a single enclosed object. The Skin of the dome gives an impression of a fragile stretched perforated textile pulled over the stadium skeleton. The covered space between the skin and the tribunes is a public street-a vestibule with public program (shops, bars, services, toilets) and galleries above (offices, VIP, press).”

Kežmarské Hut in Slovakian Mountains

For an international competition aimed at the design of a lodge located in the High Tatra mountains of Slovakia, Atelier 8000 has proposed a cube volume rotated onto one of its corners. Known as “Kežmarské Hut”, the structure is intended to be a sustainable dwelling for high terrain adventurers during all seasons of the year, able to perform autonomously in regards to energy usage. The formal strategy is aimed at producing visual lightness, and prompting a feeling of disorientation within the viewer. Having seemingly fallen from the sky, the building is reminiscent of a boulder resting among the landscape, with crisp edges and a high peak which relate to the surrounding mountains. The cube’s facades are subdivided into square panels of reflective materials, including predominantly aluminum as well as sections of glass and photovoltaics. From any given viewpoint, three of the form’s faces are visible, thus providing a legible reading due to distinct light/shadow tones. An elevated patio wraps two sides of the building to provide an outdoor dining and relaxation area for mild temperatures.

The Lotus Building by Studio505

Architecture and design firm Studio505, have recently completed the Lotus Building in Wujin, China. "Located in the heart of Wujin, the burgeoning southern district of Changzhou, Jiangsu PRC, the Lotus Building and the 3.5 hectare People’s Park has been designed to act as a cultural anchor and civic landmark – establishing a symbolic commitment of the local government’s ambitions and future aspirations. Conceived as an inhabited sculptural form, emerging naturally from the lake; the visitor enters from beneath and is greeted with a cathedral like revelation of space. Colour and light combine and illuminate, creating a bright and uplifting interior atmosphere, no matter the weather. Transitioned and graded colour is applied to the side of the petal ribs, creating a deep hue only at the edge of the structure. Hand laid and varied white, beige and stainless steel hexagon mosaic tile finishes cover all external and internal surfaces; merging seamlessly to create a continuous form with studio505’s bespoke 7m high suspended chandelier at the apex, becoming the focus of attention, inside and out. The project has been designed to minimise energy usage- with over 2500 geothermal piles driven through the base of the artificial lake, The entire lake water mass and ground beneath is utilised to pre-cool (summer) and pre-warm (winter) the air conditioning systems for both the lotus and the two storey building beneath the lake. The project is also mixed mode and naturally ventilated and utilises evaporative cooling from the lake surface to drive a thermal chimney within the main flower pod. Studio 505’s design creates a vibrant public realm; key to which is a night lighting system devised to hold a series of changing natural colour combinations for 20 seconds before slowly transitioning to the next scene over 10 seconds. The Lotus Centre and People’s Park has become one of the most popular landmarks in Wujin with a sustained contribution to the social and cultural life of the city.”

Micro Home SKIT by Dachi Papuashvili

Take a look at the new micro home project created by Dachi Papuashvili and called Skit. “The skit is designated for one person usage. It is best for both: churchmen and laymen. Here are all conditions for a long term living, but also may serve for short-term isolations (for fasting, scientific or translating works, icon paintings, etc.). The building represents an insulated, reinforced construction, covered with wood. Its details will be manufactured before, what will give opportunity to build it without heavy technics at any landscape condition. Skit is an energetically independent building, producing any needed energy on solar power, and accumulating rain water. So it does not need any energy sources and communications, neither for building, nor for exploitation. There are separate spaces at skit, designated for different usages. On the 3rd floor, in one living space, there is a bedroom, a cabinet, kitchen and dining rooms (12 sq. m). On the 4th floor, there is a room for pray (4 sq. m). On the 2nd floor there are a bio toilet and shower, and finally the 1st floor is for saving solar energy batteries, rain water reservoirs and a warehouse for food and other staff.”

Aviator’s Villa by Urban Office Architecture

New-York based practice Urban Office Architecture has designed “Aviator’s Villa”, a project that explores the idea of flight as the catalyst for architectural design. The dwelling, created for a retired pilot, is envisioned as a composition of dis-assembled aviation components, exposed to the elements on all sides like the fuselage of a plane. Located next to a small lake, the building’s form is reflected and further emphasized by the home’s swimming pool, imagined as a floating volume between the two bodies of water and fully surrounded by air. Articulated as a vertically extended and cantilevered volume, the residence is oriented to allow maximum daylight with glazed panes mounted on riveted metal frames, further screened by perforated metal paneling or brise soleils. These specific elements replicate the texture of clouds, while mitigating the sun’s rays and producing calming shadows.

Surf Sauna

The Surf Sauna was created with cold water surfers in mind. The elegant solution is a warm retreat for surfers who brave cold waters. Every Surf Sauna is built to your specifications in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and is fully customizable, you can choose the size(between 2 and 8 people), even outfit it for offroad conditions. Surf Saunas are also  available to rent by the day.

Solar Energy Powered Socket
by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh

We’re always looking for new eco ways to get an energy and the following device developed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh offers it. Called “Window Socket” it’s a direct plug socket that uses solar energy. Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does its job intuitively. At the moment it’s just a concept and we have to wait till this extremely useful device will be mass produced. Take a look!