Author: David

Starbucks Opens First Container Store in Taiwan

Even Starbucks has joined in on the trend. ------------------------------------ Hualien City, TAIWAN - Starbucks Taiwan opened its first store in Asia Pacific built from recycled shipping containers. The new Starbucks is the first retailer to open a storefront in the yet-to-be opened Hualien Bay Mall, which is located in...

Mosman / SAOTA

Great use of concrete. --------------------------------------- Set on the slopes of Mosman, Sydney, this bold and modern home maximises dramatic views and capitalises on the great climate and indoor-outdoor lifestyle in Australia. Designed by award-winning architecture company SAOTA, this home has been created as a primary home for a...

A sustainable campus is built from 22 recycled shipping containers

Its growing! ------------------------------------- The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand is taking its own teachings to heart with the an eco-friendly campus crafted from 22 recycled shipping containers. Now, the institute has a clear example when teaching students about the importance of upcycling and sustainability, plus plenty of space for...

Green-roofed Cantilever House floats above the Malaysian rainforest

Love the  steel and glass floating above the rain forest! Very large house. ------------------------------------------------------ This green-roofed house juts out over the lush rainforest of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Architecture firm Design Unit Sdn Bhd envisioned the Cantilever House as a “forest” of industrial steel columns that create a weightless-looking volume. Passive House design features...

Garage House in Kawagoe / Horibe Associates

Love the idea of being able to see your cars from the office space. ---------------------------------------------------- As a true car and bike enthusiast, the client hopes for the ability to see his favorite car from the comfort of his bedroom. His wife wishes for a space in which...

Shipping containers inspire a light-filled musician’s home

Very nice use of Containers as accents. ------------------------------------- When a couple tapped Coates Design Architects to design a house that could accommodate their baby grand piano, they were also intrigued by the idea of using shipping containers to do the job. In response, the American architecture studio researched cargotecture and settled...

Hurricane-proof floating homes are packed with green features

Not to Industrial, but Great use of space and has some impressive green features. -------------------------------------- These solar-powered, zero-emissions floating homes are packed with green goodness. Designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis with Waterstudio in collaboration with Arkup, an “avant-garde life on water” company based in Miami, the...

45m2 Home / Ashari Architects

Great use of pulley systems! ------------------------------------- The goal of this project was to transform an existing storage on the roof of a residential apartment to a livable place. Considering the fact that existing space was very limited, design team initial concept was to incorporate all the residential...

Set sail on these sustainable homes made from old cargo ships

Why not! ------------------------------ Dutch firm Studio Komma is working on a ground-breaking circular housing concept that would transform cargo ships into luxury homes. The Marine-doc Estate is an ambitious project that will develop various sustainable communities featuring multiple retired merchant ships converted into luxury eco-homes with expansive green roofs and plenty...