This story has been posted before but it’s very much worth posting again. Architect Gary Change has made small spaces work in a tremendously functional way – when you need a bedroom, simply move a wall. Most remarkable, he accomplished this work of functional beauty in an apartment measuring 330 square feet.
Call it the new-age tent. The PODhouse, a prefabricated micro home, looks remarkably inviting and can offer an ideal place to settle for a night or weekend.
For those sustainability designers and innovators wanting a net-zero product, take a look at the Chip House, a 2011 entry in the DoE’s Solar Decathlon, placing sixth.
Designed by husband and wife team Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger of Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the upper outside walls of the house are made from over 100 salvaged car roofs. According to the architects, the roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junkyards. The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina. And the awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows.
Some stories that are great stick like glue. This 2008 post from Susan Kraemer – “Hand-Build an Earth Shelter Home for $5,000” – remains one of the most popular items on Green Building Elements. The house, built by Simon Dale on a very small budget, is an inspiring tale we’re happy to republish on occasion.
What a house, what a concept, what a challenge! Amid a heaping pile of press releases, Annie Kohut from Kohut Communications got my attention with this photo. Her accompanying note read: “One doesn’t often hear about sustainable design projects that are also historic preservation projects. But despite some preservationists who don’t believe that historic restoration can be accomplished sustainably, the restoration of a 19th century Italianate farmhouse demonstrates that historic restoration and green building principles do in fact complement one another.”…
For building purposes, let’s start with the issue of sustainability. Energy, economics, material use, land and water use are primary considerations any architect, developer, or owner should place on the design scales before starting anything, if they’re worth their designer salts, that is.
“The tester was impressed on how tight and energy efficient the home was. This home was sold on spec January 26, 2010. The highest energy bill we had on this home over a monthly period was $50.”