Taking it to the extreme

here are some more really extreme eco homes, maybe a bit too much dedication, but we still love them..

Firstly The Nautilus House. Completed in 2006 by architect Javier Sensonian of Arquitectura Orgánica. Sensonian practices what he calls “bio-architecture,” and has designed buildings shaped like snakes, whales and other living things. The Nautilus was built for a young family that wanted something that felt more integrated with nature, and it is filled with lush vegetation. The front door blends into the colorful mosaic façade.

It took 15 years for the designer Robert Bruno to build The Steel House. The unique home is perched on a bluff near Lubbock, Texas, and minimizes disruption to the area by resting on top of four skinny legs. Steel is long lasting and highly recyclable, so green builders have been giving it a second look in recent years, especially for roofing.

London-based dRRM Architects created the Sliding House in Suffolk, England. This unique dwelling is designed to be flexible, allowing the owners to take advantage of fluctuations in light and temperature, maximizing energy savings through passive heating and cooling. The 20-ton outer shell can be retracted in six minutes, revealing an inner layer that’s mostly glass.

The space age Bubble Dream Castle in southern France, near Cannes, was begun in 1975 by Antti Lovag. Inside the livable sculpture resembles a set from vintage Star Trek, but with more light, since the windows are designed to take advantage of Mediterranean sun. One of the goals of the visionary designer was to unify the home with its natural surrounding, by bringing outdoor elements inside. Today, the complex boasts 10 suites decorated by different artists, a reception hall seating 350, an outdoor auditorium and a massive garden.

eco homes

Today we’re looking at some of the best eco friendly homes. Some of these take things a bit to the extreme, but this gives us even more reason to appreciate them! take a look…

The Japanese styrofoam Dome homes aer built from 100% foam instead of wood or metal. It is rot, water, and termite proof, which automatically saves the inhabitants thousands of dollars in future maintenance costs. Using these materials designed by expert engineers provides a structure that is extremely resistant to earthquakes, hurricanes, and typhoons. they are definitely not the most beautiful homes from the outside, but the inside is quite something to look at.

The Zero House is completely self-sufficient and incredibly comfortable.

It is a small, prefabricated house that can easily be shipped and quickly erected. It can operate independently, without the need for any external utility or waste disposal connections. The High-efficiency solar panels produce power and store it in an onboard bank of batteries.  Fully charged, zeroHouse can operate continuously for up to one week with no sunlight at all. A rainwater collection plane gathers and diverts water into an elevated 2700 gallon cistern.  All plumbing fixtures are gravity-fed, eliminating the need for power-consuming pumps. All organic waste is processed in a digester unit located beneath the house.  It converts the waste into clean, dry compost that needs to be removed only twice a year. All functions of the house are monitored by an array of sensors and regulated by a “house brain” that can be controlled through any laptop computer.  zeroHouse is fully customizable for personal usage patterns, from the weekend getaway to extended-stay living.

This Ewok style tree house was designed by Tom Chudleigh, a Canadian carpenter. The wood and fiberglass waterproof exterior protects the inside of the house which comes with a working kitchen that includes a refrigerator, sink, and microwave. There are also built in beds but unfortunately when using the bathroom you must use the great outdoors. For around $45,000 you can buy just the sphere but for another $50,000 or so you can purchase some extra accessories. The spheres are suspended in trees and accessible by a series of rope bridges. The 11ft wide eco friendly house can sleep four, allowing families to live in the forest without the need to worry about their carbon footprints.

have a drink

So, since i’m talking about sustainable, recyclable and eco-friendly interior designs, iv’e decided to recycle my blog’s wallpaper every now and then (as well as my twitter wallpaper), to give my topic a little spunk. Last week it was recycled cork, today it’s all about recycled glass.The inspiration for my background comes from Tom Kelly’s Bottle house:

 

This following photo is also a nice idea for your home, if you have the patience to try it out. Made from steel mesh and recycled glass this garden wall is illuminated from within. It could also work inside your home, maybe as a wall divider..

  

Or even a beautiful light source like this one, from the “Crush” series created by Zac Ridgely (Ridgely Studio)

eco friendly Italy

I’ve been spending some time in Italy these holidays, scouting for some interesting sustainable interiors and exteriors. here’s what I’ve stumbled upon:

Many houses in the hills of Padova adapt to the environment. Especially the surrounding walls, staircases and walkways. They are mostly carved from, or built out of the already-existing stones of the hills:

This fountain in the botanical garden of Padova is certainly trying it’s best to accommodate the environment.
Also, this tunnel is created completely out of the rocky surroundings

  

Edge Cardboard Interior in Greece

This shop interior can be found in  Yiorgos Eleftheriades‘ Yeshop in Athens. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to interior design class, synthesizing elements of fashion and architecture into a streamlined, self-illuminated, biomorphic installation that was handmade using all eco-friendly materials.
The installation is composed entirely of re-purposed packing cartons, and was constructed around the space’s existing furniture to create a seamless, streamlined effect. dARCH Studio” built the fluid framework from 1,500 sheets of 5mm thick corrugated cardboard, which were cut into strips and then carefully pasted along an entire wall of the 90 square meter shop.

Eco-friendly and sustainable interior design

  1. There are so many beautiful decorating ideas which are eco-friendly and sustainable. We should really make a point in using them in our homes. We all want our homes to look great, so why not make it look great in an eco-friendly way?
  2. I will be blogging about interesting sustainable designs around the world, maybe it will give you some ideas….