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.

Cool ORIGIN Tree House In a Forest in France

Atelier LAVIT have designed the ORIGIN Tree House for their clients in France who wanted to have a unique cabin. A hundred year-old oak was the starting point for the whole design, with the goal of being as functional and comfortable as a hotel room, and inspired by the shape of a birds-nest. The tree house is accessed from a platform suspended on another tall oak thirty meters away, which includes a heated spa and a chilling area. From this platform, there’s a wooden walkway, ten meters from the ground, that leads you straight into the heart of the nest. Upon arriving at the tree house, there’s a small patio around the trunk that has the feeling of protection, much like an actual nest. Two large sliding glass doors provide access to the living area. As the tree house has been designed in the shape of an octagon, there are plenty of large windows that look out into the forest. Inside, the wood interior is made from poplar, and a small sitting area and bedroom provide a comfortable place for relaxation. On the other side of the tree house is a narrow corridor with three sliding doors that provide access to a dressing room, a bathroom and a technical closet. Back out to the patio, there’s a wooden ladder inviting guests to continue the ascent in close contact with the tree. Once at the top of the ladder, the tree house opens up to a rooftop terrace that has 360° panoramic views of the forest.

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.

The Alpod – A Mobile Home from Aluminium For The Future

Conceived as a mobile home of the future, “The Alpod”, developed by James Law Cybertecture, Aluhouse and Arup explores modular construction based on creating a flexible and open-plan living space. The lightweight shell composed of aluminum makes the module easy to transport, that aluminum’s multi-faceted advantages of being light weight, strong, corrosion resistant, and impervious to firewhile its versatile and straightforward layout allows it to adapt as a home, holiday cabin, an office, retail or exhibition space. A distinctive feature of the alpod project is its potential to be stacked into a uniquely designed multi-structures to accommodate ever increasing populations and lack of available land. The glazed sliding doors fill the interior with light and fresh air. it is engineered as a fully integrated dwelling with environmental controls, air conditioning and fitted kitchen and bathrooms; providing the necessities to facilitate the day-to-day life of the user. Eric Kwong, managing director of Aluhouse, comments about the mobile home’s material: “Aluminum easily adapts to different climates and environments, and its light weight also enhances mobility, allowing a home to be moved from one place to another in an easy and convenient way without dismantling or reconstructing facilities,” explains Kwong. “Moreover, aluminum can be recycled, making it a green, earth-friendly building material. in fact, today aluminum is widely used in the aerospace industry, as well as in airplanes, the next generation of automobiles, and even the latest smart phones and telecommunication products.”

Contemporary And Cozy Round Homes ‘Skydome’

Russian company Skydom has created a series of dwellings that revolve around a contemporary rounded structure. Skydome has six different models that vary in size, starting at 34 square meters and going up to 300 square meters. Although the living space varies, the construction of each home uses the same high standards to ensure it’s durable and can withstand nature’s elements – especially the snow. The Skydome supports up to 700 kilograms (~1,543 lbs.) of snow per square meter. The dome shape also presents some unexpected and unique advantages for building and decorating. Thanks to the curved walls, it’s energy efficient and has a low rate of heat loss. And since there are no load-bearing walls, it creates a lot possibilities for interior design – some residents might choose a closed-off second story, while others may want a completely open home that’s perfect for parties and entertaining.

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!

Eco-Friendly Pod ‘Podzook’

Judy Bernier instantly fell in love with Archipod, a new concept in backyard office design. The sad fact was that they were only available in the UK. After working with Archipod’s inventor Chris Sneesby, the trained architect formed Podzook to bring them to the United States and Canada and have them crafted in Maine out of local, sustainable resources. Along with the locally-sourced wood, a close-by company makes the insulation out of blue jeans. The shingles come from a small company just a few towns over. While they could cut corners and crank them out, Podzook wants to keep the quality top-notch and made one at a time. Whether you want a backyard office, playhouse, guest room, or just a place to call your own, the Podzook is the coolest eco-friendly pod you’ll probably come across.

4 Years To Grow A Church From Trees

The enchantingly beautiful live-tree church in New Zealander Brian Cox’s backyard is already impressive enough, but it’s even more amazing when you learn that it took him only 4 years to create! Cox carefully selected from a wide variety of trees for his beautiful church. Some have stone-colored trunks, while, others, with sparse foliage, ensure that his church will always be illuminated by sunlight. His secret is that he owns a gardening company called Treelocations, which replants whole, live trees using enormous mechanized spades. This allowed him to plant live trees in any way he wanted, completing this church (and the iron frame supporting it) in only 4 years. Cox was inspired by the years he spent traveling abroad and observing churches around the world. “I walked out my back door one day and thought, ‘That space needs a church’ – and so it began. I cleared the area in April 2011 and made the iron frame, drawing on all the research I had done over the years of studying churches.”

“Primeval Symbiosis” Project by Konrad Wójcik

Denmark based architecture and interior designer Konrad Wójcik has come up with an idea to reside people with nature without any threat to nature. This project, called Primeval Symbiosis (Single Pole House), features a modern layout to accommodate a family of two to four persons. Wójcik’s idea uses space-saving but safe interior inside. And the structure uses mounted solar panels. The goal of this project is to create awareness and motivation among communities to live by nature without hurting it. Take a look!

Eco Hotel FriendHouse by Ryntovt Design

This time we want to show you creative eco hotel built on the Orel river in Ukraine. Author of the project is Ryntovt Design studio. After an extensive ecological analysis of the lush green site by the Orel river, the architect deemed appropriate the use of ‘ecologically harmless materials’ so as to better integrate the structure into the wildlife. The bones of the single-level building are made of wood and shell stone. Some of the structural beams are uncut trees themselves. Clay and reed are used in the thatch roof plate and perforated pod-like structures that serve to insulate as well as admit natural light. The organic shapes of the interior work harmoniously with the surrounding wildlife. Aside from a bountiful apple tree garden, the hotel also uses the natural ‘eco-cover’ of the forest as both protection and inspiration. The hotel is a total work of design, with furniture and details created with low-impact, local materials and a highly sustainable sensibility.

Wilkinson Residence by Robert Oshatz

Portland-based architect Robert Oshatz is the author of unique projects located around the American west that hold a striking relationship to their natural surroundings. One of them, the “Wilkinson Residence” is located on a steep slope in a heavily wooded area. "The main living space is located higher up on the site residing amidst the tree canopies and accompanying wildlife and contains the kitchen, dining room, gathering area, built in fixtures and fireplace all within curving natural wood glulam beams, copper-plated frames and large glass walls that use the exterior foliage as a screen from direct sunlight and a large exterior deck that brings the user in direct contact with the tree-scape. The lower floor is characterized by cedar shingles that clad all surfaces, and contains three bedrooms and a bathroom. although it is a darker space, it is an area for privacy where views to the lower parts of the forest are framed by the deep fins between the windows. The material palette is not confined to either exterior or interior, as they often blend around and throughout the spaces creating a balanced structure in harmony with the natural surroundings. Special attention was given to the sustainable features of the construction, plenty of ventilation and radiant heating maintain a comfortable internal temperature and air quality with low-E glass reflecting direct sunlight. The owner is at all times engulfed by the Douglas firs, maples, and alders in a house consistent with the rhythms of the forest."

Trunk House by Paul Morgan Architects

Take a look at interesting “Trunk House” developed by Australia-based Paul Morgan Architects. This samll small cabin in located in Aictoria’s central highlands. It includes a living area, small kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. The concept originated from forms of bleached bones of kangaroos and sheep found lying around on farmland. Perfect place to stay in forrest, don’t you think?

Extraordinary Crescent House

Do you remember fantastic crescent house Mahina that we’ve shown you some time ago? It was just a concept. Today we will show you real house inspired by crescent. Located in the north side of villa area in South Hakone of Shizuoka, Japan, and created by designers from Shigeru Ban Architects studio this extraordinary house was called "Crescent House". Its crescent-shaped plan contains two bedrooms, living, dining and kitchen which are arranged by putting furniture and volumes of utility facilities as partitions. The entrance of the house sits underneath and it features stairs leading up to the main floor kind of giving a feel of entering a space craft. Fantastic house!

The SeaOrbiter: Futuristic Marine Research Vessel

This is not another futuristic hotel. It’s a futuristic oceanographic marine vessel that would be constructed with the sole aim of exploring the world’s oceans. Called The SeaOrbiter it would serve as a scientific laboratory as scientists explore the places that cover two-thirds of our planet and contain 80% of all life on Earth — the oceans. The brainchild of French architect Jacques Rougerie, The SeaOrbiter would also be the world’s first vertical ship standing at an impressive 170 feet (51m) tall. In order to make the vessel as stable as possible, two-thirds of its structure would remain underwater, giving the craft buoyancy, as well a “fish-collection system for studies of the pelagic ecosystem, plankton biodiversity, and fish stocks.” The SeaOrbiter concept, the $52.7 million project, has been discussed for over 12 years and as been dismissed on countless occasions as a pipe dream, but it seems like the project has gained traction and construction is rumored to start in October with the vessel launching next year. Take a look!

Gorgeous White Concept House

This conceptual white house called “Wave House” is an incredible concept by Gunes Peksen, designer from Istanbul, Turkey. Done entirely in white the Wave House is meant to imitate ripples of water. The angular structure does in fact unfold just as waves do: cascading from the inside out. The small pool set within the interior furthers this aquatic theme. Gorgeous house, don’t you think?

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion is located in Dorve, Norway. The architectural marvel has been constructed by Snohetta that comprises of architects, Rune Grasdal, Kjetil T. Thorsen, Margit Tidemand Ruud, Eerik Brett Jacobsen, Martin Brunner and interior architect Heidi Pettersvold. The observation pavilion is spread over an area of 90 square meters and has been erected on a plateau that is at a height of 1200 meters above sea level. The elevation will unfurl panoramic views that will leave visitors in a state of awe. It will be a visual treat to see the outstanding Snohetta mountain range from such a height.

Casa Playa Las Lomas I-05 by Vértice Arquitectos

Casa Playa Las Lomas I-05 was designed by Vértice Arquitectos in Cerro Azul, Peru. “This house was designed in the first row, plot 5 in Lomas del Mar beach in Cerro Azul, 120Km. south of Lima. The plot is a rocky and sandy hill in a half curved shape that reaches 48 meters high above the sea level and drops steeply 8 meters in its lowest part. It has a 180° view to the Pacific Ocean to the south, and a panoramic view of the beach to the east and to the north. Two parallel volumes were designed, to accomplish the first objective, one of which leans on the other, which is 1.20 meters higher, to have the view of the sea. The volumes are joined by a main circulation axis which ends in a swimming pool overlooking the beach.”

Unusual “Drew House”

This quite unusual Drew House is located in the Queensland coast of Australia and was designed by Australian designer Simon Laws of Anthill Constructions. “This holiday house aims to create a kind of luxury campsite amongst mature Bloodwoods and Cabbage Palms near the ocean at, Seventeen Seventy, a town just south of Gladstone and the most northerly surf break on the east Australian coast. Living and sleeping pods along with a bath house were built in Brisbane, close to construction services and transported the 500km to site fully completed. The prefabricated parabolic roofed structure and decks were erected onsite and connect the various pods through a large central outdoor living and dining area. Aramax roof sheeting free spans the two identical, but reversed, hardwood self-braced trusses.” Have fun!

The Scotts Tower by UNStudio

UNStudio‘s design for The Scotts Tower in Singapore will be the first development to be unveiled today under the Far East Organisation’s new SOHO brand. Designed to conserve space whilst maximizing live/work/play areas, The Scotts Tower presents a new dimension of functional and flexible vertical space. “The concept of The Scotts Tower is that of a vertical city incorporating a variety of residence types and scales. In addition, outdoor green areas in the form of sky terraces, penthouse roof gardens and individual terraces form an important element of the design. The vertical city concept is interpreted on the tower in three scales; the “city”, the “neighbourhood” and the “home”.” Have fun!

Eco Tower Wuhan Greenland Center

Giant the Wuhan Greenland Center designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is going to be the world’s 4th tallest building. It will reach a height of 1,988 feet with 119 floors. Sleek eco-tower is an elegantly tapered structure featuring softly rounded corners and a domed top designed to reduce wind resistance and vortex action that builds up around super tall towers. Besides reaching for the sky, the green tower aims to provide for China’s ever increasing population, all while reducing energy use and carbon emissions.