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Students build a low-cost yet high-quality sustainable home from recycled materials

It can be done! ------------------------------------ Affordable and sustainable housing is possible—and Studio 804’s many projects are proof. Working together with University of Kansas architecture students, Studio 804 produced their latest design/build project, called 1330 Brook Street, in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Lawrence. As with their previous...

Changing it up a little.  buildings built in ruins COOL! --------------------------- The stone ruins of an 18th-century Scottish farmhouse have been brought back to life as the envelope for a surprisingly modern solar-powered home. Lily Jencks Studio and Nathanael Dorent Architecturecrafted Ruin Studio with layers like a palimpsest, from the 200-year-old farmhouse...

Miner Road House / Faulkner Architects

Just Love the steel and glass.  Dark on the outside, light and airy on the inside. ------------------------------------------------ The clients are a couple of environmental scientists who, along with their two sons, relocated from the Oakland Hills to the warmer climate of Orinda. Their commitment to sustainability, including a...

Avalon House / ArchiBlox

Blends in perfect with the landscape --------------------------------------- Beyond ArchiBlox’s speedy construction time of 6 weeks, prefab suited the clients desire to tread lightly on the land with the Avalon House project. With modular building the impact on the surrounding environment is heavily reduced during construction. The dwelling...

Jungle Frame House / Studio Saxe

Simple open design ------------------------------- The client commissioned Studio Saxe to create a dwelling in the jungle that brings the outside in. The property was composed of a slope that went down into a beautiful creek that overlooks the jungle. Studio Saxe decided to create a large triple...

Pilgrims House in Vastseliina

Simple Brilliance -------------------- Architect Sami Rintala described the Pilgrims’ House as follows: ‘The building feels very integral by how it appears in the landscape when it is approached and by the view of the surroundings as seen from the inside. From the location to the details, from...

Tour Seven Shipping Container Apartments with Google Streetview

Nice to see this idea taking off in multi-use apartments. ------------------------------------- What if apartment complexes could go up in a few months instead of years? Rapid construction for multi-family housing is already becoming a reality as shipping container apartments pop up around the globe. After...

Owl Creek Residence by Skylab Architecture

Great Angels and use of coreten steel and glass! --------------------- Portland studio Skylab Architecture has designed Owl Creek Residence, an angular retreat that both blends into and offers expansive views of Colorado’s mountainous landscapes. The house's rugged steel structure mimics the topography of the nearby mountains,...