Eco Design

Environmental sustainability has always been a unique topic, especially with so many homes and commercial properties aiming to be LEED certified. We delve into some really fun designs that showcase beautiful materials and clever use of sustainable elements culminating into functionality and great architecture that we can all be fascinated with. Have a look at some satisfying environmentally friendly properties that will leave you inspired to want to emulate some of the ideas featured here into your own home design, whether it be a new-build or a renovation project.

Earth house nestled in the hillside

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This beautiful home surrounded by rolling meadows is the latest home designed by Ian MacDonald Architect in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. The house is an exercise in minimal intrusion, practically disappearing into the grassy hillside it’s built on. The site is a 90-acre parcel of rolling farmland, located in Caledon, forty-five minutes north-west of Toronto. The […]

The Truffle House

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Ensamble Studio created a rough concrete exterior, left for years in the wilderness, and then hollowed it out to create a tiny home with waterfront views. The Truffle sits on a hilltop in Laxe, Spain, and consists of only the necessities, a bed, shower, sink, and kitchenette. Ensamble retrofitted the hollowed out interiors with smooth […]

Solar Umbrella Residence

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Nestled amidst a neighborhood of single story bungalows in Venice, California, the Solar Umbrella Residence designed by Brooks + Scarpa Architects boldly establishes a precedent for the next generation of California modernist architecture. Located on a 41’ wide x 100’-0” long through lot, the new addition transforms the architects’ existing 650 square foot bungalow into […]

Shipping container guest house

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Storage containers for sale are being plucked up every day now as people begin to see the positives of utilizing these resources for other purposes.  Most notably, using them as homes.  Shipping containers may not save the world, but they are going to leave a lasting impact on the minds of people as we continue […]

Stunning glass farmhouse by Olson Kundig Architects

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Located in Northeast Oregon, this small house was conceived by Olson Kundig Architects as a contemporary glass box that floats atop the surrounding wheat fields. The design of the house and the accompanying wood-frame barn responds to the local vernacular of barns and farmhouses in the Pacific Northwest while responding to the client’s deep interest […]

Exceptionally designed home in Venice

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Designed by Ehrlich Architects, the objective for this eco-friendly residence in Venice, California was to design a high-performance home that dissolves the barriers between indoors and outdoors; utilize raw, honest materials appropriate to the bohemian grittiness of the surrounding community; and have the smallest carbon footprint in balance with lifestyle. Three garden courtyards embrace three […]

Off-the-grid green house with glass facade

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Situated on a steep piece of land in Stuttgart Valley, Germany, this four-storey modern glass house is completely recyclable, zero-emission and self-sufficient in terms of energy needs. Designed by German architecture firm, Werner Sobek, the structure consists of a steel frame reinforced by elements arranged in a diagonal that rests on a concrete base and […]

Stunning beach cottage nestled on a steep slope

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Schola Architecture has designed this incredible Temple Hills Residence in Laguna Beach, California. The design for the Temple Hills Residence is a study in connections. The project is an addition and remodel to an existing 1950’s post and beam beach cottage. Taking cues from the eclectic neighborhood the design captures the essence of the existing […]

Amazing zen house with a sky garden

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The Meera House was designed by Guz Architects and is located on the island of Sentosa in Singapore. The following is a short description from the architects: The plots are not large and neighboring buildings are built close to the sides of each house. Thus our strategy was to build a solid wall to each […]

Modern refuge in the Costa Rican jungle

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SPG Architects transformed an abandoned steel frame and concrete slab structure into a five-level, 18,000 square foot, indoor-outdoor residence called ‘Casa Torcida’, on a rain-forested mountainside overlooking the Golfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The primary criteria for this project were to be environmentally sensitive, technologically advanced, and modernist by design. A spectacular […]



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