Sustainable Hobbit Hole HOME
This incredibly cozy picturesque ‘hobbit hole’ house is the ultimate blend of unique style, sustainability and building on the cheap. Stone and mud from preconstruction digging and remnant wood from nearby forests were the primary building materials - all as local and low-impact as possible. Natural light floods in from above, human waste is composted and water comes from a nearby well. Using rough and raw materials not only made for a more eco-friendly dwelling but imbued this amazing residence with unique character for under 10 dollars per square foot of construction. (Source)
Bubbletecture Environmental Education Center
This curious construction by Endo Shuhei blends two architectural approaches one would expect to find opposed to one another: an intensely unique structural design and a naturally blended aesthetic appearance. On the one hand, the free-form bubbles selectively lift and curve and stand out. On the other hand, these well-planned deviations and the selection of colors and materials allow the building to skirt significant vegetation and ultimately blend with the surrounding landscape.
Sustainable Free Spirit Sphere Treehouse
If the previous bubbletecture building has a low-impact profile it is seriously trumped by this incredible tree house design. Suspended from the natural canopy of the surrounding forests these structures are designed to have the lowest possible environmental impact, relying on multiple points of support without adding too much stress to any one of the surrounding trees. These adult tree houses can be rented or purchased and “uses for these spheres are limited only by ones imagination. Healing, meditation, photography, canopy research, leisure and game watching are just some of the things you can do.” Two are also available for rent in Western Washington. (Source)
Hundertwasserhaus Abstract Green Architecture
Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian painter, architect and sculptor - often at the center of controversy. He took from painting and other arts what he wanted and applied them in unconventional ways to the realm of architecture, integrating his fantastic patterns and approaches with a strong attention to green. He was passionate enough about his work do do structures such as the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna (shown above) for free simply to make the world a better place.
Ecologically Friendly Bottling Factory
This glass bottling plant has a lot of sustainable strategies to offer on top of its seductively naturalistic curves, including passive ventilation and other clean energy sources such as wind and solar power and geothermal heating.
Arbosculpture Twisted Tree Designs
Self-named arborsmith Richard Reames offers a great deal of information to people who are interested in learning more about how to sculpt and shape trees for particular purposes or who are simply curious about how he does his work and what he has to show from his own studio and from his world tours. (Source)
Sustainable HumanCar Vehicle
There are cars that run on everything from vegetable oil to wood, but leftover coffee is about as far-fetched as it gets. Still, this (albeit rugged-looking) truck does just that. Through gasification, in fact, it can use a great variety of fuels - much like the time-traveling Delorian in Back to the Future. (Source)
Sustainable Dance Club Design
When someone says ’sustainable architecture’ usually they mean a home or office - rarely a hopping dance club. The signature move in this eco-friendly hot-spot is the dance floor which is lit from below with LEDs powered by the kinetic motion of the dancers on it. Other sustainable moves include waterless urinals and rainwater reuse for the other toilets. In the future, the club hopes to use the ‘floor power’ to generate energy for more than just the lights below - possibly even to light up the whole place and/or power the sound or other systems. (Source)
To be Continued...