Living Big In A Tiny House Ikea Housing for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Gets a Green Light As every new homeowner knows, Ikea’s flat-pack furniture fills the niche for cheap, trendy and ultimately disposable housewares. So it only made sense that Ikea’s philanthropic wing would team up with the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, to develop a similarly of-the-moment solution to the vexing problem of temporary refugee housing, which hasn’t substantially evolved beyond the tent since the Israelites fled Egypt. The only problem is that the flat-pack Ikea Refugee Housing Unit, with its roomy interior, solar lights and insulated wall panels — all designed to last three years compared to a tent’s six months — isn’t temporary enough for some. It has taken more than six months of intense lobbying to convince the Lebanese government to allow even a trial run of the Ikea units. More than 2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the conflict started in 2011. (MORE: Tragedy by Numbers: The Lasting Impact of War on Syria’s Children)
Modern Tower House Camouflages Itself Among the Trees The sleek and modern Tower House is a vacation home that’s designed as a stairway to the treetops. It was built by Thomas Gluck, a principal of the architecture firm GLUCK+, on his family’s land in upstate New York. The cantilevered structure prominently features a bright yellow, glass-enclosed staircase that leads to four storeys. Each of the first three levels has a minimalist suite that’s comprised of a small bedroom and bathroom. Once upstairs, the top floor expands out from the tower like a forest canopy, and it’s where a majority of the living takes place. Tower House doesn’t want to disturb the wooded site around it, and keeps its footprint to a minimum. Since the building is only occupied part-time, designers placed a high priority on eco-friendly and high-efficiency building strategies. GLUCK+ website via [Fubiz and Inhabitat]
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How a talented architect makes an RV look like a charming cabin in the woods The tiny house movement has become a big thing as more and more people try to live with a smaller financial, environmental and physical footprint. As Alek Lisefski noted in his Tiny Project, it's about less house and more life. It's also about laws, that regulate what can go down a road, what can go on a property under zoning bylaws, what code it gets built under. That's why so many of the tiny houses are under 8'-6" wide and weigh less than 10,000 pounds, so that they can go down the road towed by a private car and be classed as an Recreational Vehicle, or RV. Historically, people would take their little RVs and go to RV parks, where they remain on their chassis but get hooked up to water and sewer. © Escape/ Canoe Bay 400 square feet doesn't sound like much but it's bigger than many one bedroom apartments; you can build a really nice little house at that size. ESCAPE was conceived as a high quality cottage, not an RV. Kelly Davis has designed the un-trailer that anyone could love.
High-tech meets low-tech in tiny house movement Made by 16 college kids from Vermont, the OTIS pod home features a rainwater collection system for indoor plumbing and stained-glass like privacy windows. It can also be towed by a four-cylinder vehicle.Green Mountain College Last month 16 students from a tiny college in Vermont built a tiny house that took off in a big, big way. The 70-square-foot half dome was designed to be towed aerodynamically on a 5-by-8-foot trailer hitched to a four-cylinder vehicle. It’s a resourceful, charming and tech-savvy design, and it might not have happened were it not for the miniaturized gadgets we’ve fallen in love with over the last decade. “The evolution of tiny houses has paralleled the digital revolution, since this whole tiny thing started at the turn of the century,” Jay Shafer of Four Lights Tiny House Company told FoxNews.com. That means things like propane stoves, tiny wood-burning fireplaces, garden hoses for water hook-ups and the aforementioned composting toilets.
Horticulture Super modern South African tiny house is bright and green I have often complained that a lot of tiny houses, being modelled on larger houses that get the shrink-ray, are designed for cuteness instead of practicality, with their tiny lofts that peak in the middle. Perhaps instead of using a traditional house as a model, designers should be looking more at learning from more modern designs like Airstream trailers or boats. That's why the INDAWO / lifePOD is so interesting. This design by the South African team of Collaborate000 architects, and product designers Dokter and Missses is super modern, and very much a product of its climate. © Brett Rubin The INDAWO / lifePOD is a lifestyle and design intervention that affords home owners a comfortable, functional experience inside a small space; to live in confluence with the needs of the planet now and in the future .... “Living smaller will save you money in the long run; it could also make you happier.” © Pod Indawo
Tough All-Terrain Teardrop Trailer Goes Off-Grid, Packs Rooftop Tent From the ultra high-end but sustainably-minded Wheelhaus to renovated, off-the-grid vintage Airstreams, trailers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Of course, the bigger they are, the more fuel they consume, not to mention the fact that bulkier models are better staying on paved roads. For adventurous, off-road types come these rugged little teardrop trailers from Moby1, a small company based in Springville, Utah, which boast useful features like expandable roof top tents and all-terrain tires. © Moby1 Founded by designer and craftsman Ashley Grimes in 2009, Moby1 aims to revive the efficient and beautiful design sensibilities of the teardrop trailer, once common during the fifties until the advent of cheap fuel and monster-sized recreational vehicles. Coming in four different models that can be hooked onto larger vehicles, sub-compact cars and even motorbikes, these trailers aim for easy set-up and take-down.
landscape 5 Genius Gadgets From Japanese Bathrooms That Americans Should Borrow Turns out we've been using the bathroom all wrong. This adorable video from Life Where I'm From debuted earlier this year, but Digg recently resurfaced its greatness. In the video, we learn how Japanese bathrooms beat American ones in pretty much every way possible. Not only do they have a brilliant privacy setup and the most incredibly hygienic way of taking a bath, but they recycle water with an inspiring, sophisticated system. Check out some of a Japanese bathroom's best gadgets below, and brace yourself for a major renovation craving. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. H/T Digg Follow Us On Pinterest |
Stackable Micro-house incorporates multi-functional living zones Micro-house, by Chinese firm Liu Lubin, is big enough to facilitate the basic needs that a single occupant requires of a home Image Gallery (17 images) Designing small-scale housing requires architects to ensure that every inch of the interior serves a purpose. Various living spaces need to be incorporated and furnishings need to fit perfectly together with no space going to waste. Applying this Tetris-like approach to organization, Chinese architectural firm Studio Liu Lubin has created a Micro-house featuring compact, multiple interior zones that can stacked together or used as a single-occupant dwelling. View all The Micro-house features a central multi-functional living space positioned between two lower modular rooms which contain the bathroom and kitchen. Studio Liu Lubin has also designed the structure so that additional modules can be stacked on top of one another, extending the size of the home for families or multiple habitants. Via: Arch Daily, Designboom About the Author