Exbury Egg by PAD+SPUD+Turner. Beaulieu River, UK
A Rotating Tiny House by Path Architecture. Portland Oregon
Similar to a sunflower, The 359 is a home that rotates to follow the sun.
Designed by Portland-based architecture firm, Path Architecture, the home sits on a base that allows the home to be manually rotated to face (or face away from) the sun. An energy-efficient design that would allow you to either warm or cool your home naturally.
The home measures 12′ x 12′ with 144-square-feet on the ground floor and about another 120 on the top floor for a grand total of around 264 sq ft . The 359 comes equipped with a fully functional kitchen, living/dining room area, bedroom, and a full bathroom.
The Shed by Richard Peters. Sydney, Australia
Tucked away into an unassuming lane, it’s the type of building you’re accustomed to walking past without noticing. In most old-industrial inner-city suburbs you’ll find these old, rundown sheds that have gone through numerous incarnations but, often, have fallen into disuse.
This particular shed dates back to 1890, when two Irish brothers — Blacksmiths by trade — built the simple structure to house their growing coach building business. Since then, it’s been a motorcycle repair shop, second-hand washing machine warehouse, builder’s workshop and, more recently, an artists’ studio.
Located in the Sydney suburb of Randwick, close to The Spot and in walking distance to Coogee Beach — the location was right. It presented an exciting opportunity to develop a smaller, sustainable and more efficient way to live, while challenging the convention that ʻbigger is betterʼ. But it would take a lot of imagination and a leap of faith to transform this dilapidated shed into a home.
Office Greenhouse by OpenAD Riga Latvia
The Latvian firm produced an interior design project for an office which makes greenery its focal point in the creation of a serene and healthy working environment.It is a well-known fact that the architectural quality of the working environment influences the psychological and physical well-being of the workers. Office Greenhouse in Riga, Latvia, is an example of how to design a pleasant open-plan space for professional use. In the open-plan area, multipurpose furniture has been specially designed to allow the integration of both the workstations (desks) and the dining area surrounded by the presence of large potted trees. The whiteness of the furniture complements the natural wood colour of the floor and overhead beams. White painted walls alternate with bare brick walls as a tribute to the original appearance of the building materials where the office is located. Not surprisingly, the office designed by Open AD is called “Greenhouse” because it is extremely bright, like a greenhouse, thanks to large windows looking out onto a view of the city which also adds to the comfort of the working area.
142 Park St by Brenchley Architects. Melbourne, Australia
Located in the exciting inner city suburb of Melbourne, the Park St apartments involved the conversion of an existing motel building circa 1960 into a high end apartment building.
A high level of environmental sustainability was pursued with early indications of a NATHERS 8.0 star rating being achievable. The 5 whole floor apartments and ground floor garden apartment are enhanced by the communal, covered and landscaped roof terrace with views to the local park opposite and views to the city.
The project serves as a prime example of the “adaptive re-use” of existing, low grade building stock into high-end environmentally sustainable development. The combination of sustainable planning principles and a range of environmental technologies enable this project to achieve a high level of environmental sustainability whilst utilising much of the existing structure.
The ‘second skin’ to the building, made up of black aluminium batten and vertical garden panels, to the existing masonry external skin improves the thermal performance of the building. This second-skin protects the existing masonry walls from fluctuating environmental conditions which in turn creates a more constant internal environment. Building occupants enjoy this thermal stability, reducing energy costs which would otherwise be required to heat or cool the building.