As the world has turned upside down since the pandemic hit us, living sustainably, mindfully and intelligently has never been more imperative. Our homes must fit perfectly into the planet and feed it, not deplete its resources and reduce its lifespan. Being at one with the planet Earth, while taking rigorous care of it has never been so priority. In an effort to encourage an environmentally friendly lifestyle, sustainable architecture has gained immense popularity among architects! They design sustainable homes. These houses aim to blend harmoniously with nature, to coexist with it in peace and to allow us to live in balance with the environment. They reduce their carbon footprint and encourage a sustainable and clean lifestyle. And, not to mention that they are aesthetically and visually pleasing too! Whether it’s a breathtaking residential building in Mexico with its own vertical forest and solar panels or a sustainable DIY cabin, these amazing homes will convert you into advocates of sustainable architecture!
1. Living in the Noom
Designed by the Mexican company Sanzpont Arquitectura, “Living In The Noom” immerses you in the heart of nature and luxury. Its sanctuary-worthy design focuses on three main pillars: well-being, sustainability and flexibility. The community comprises several 4-story houses with a unique and attractive triangular shape, characterized by vertical bamboo channels and a vertical forest growing on the exterior facade of the building. Finally, the structure ends with a terrace on the fifth floor with solar panels for energy recovery and an urban garden where residents can grow their own food. The project integrates bioclimatic and sustainable strategies such as rainwater harvesting, wastewater separation, the wetland for the treatment of gray water, biodigesters, the composting zone, and more particularly the vertical forest in the exterior of each building, which in addition to providing a touch of greenery, also filters / purifies the air entering the house and helps reduce the temperature of the houses – a phenomenon more commonly known as the heat island.
2. Prestige University
Located in Indore, India, Prestige University combines organic architecture and sustainable building practices to take full advantage of the natural resources and climate of the environment. Inspired by traditional Indian architecture, Sanjay Puri Architects first looked at Indore’s natural climate and local resources to build an energy efficient and sustainable infrastructure. Coming from the cavities formed by the green terraces of the upper level, fractured sunlight and abundant ventilation enter through the ceiling of the second floor of Prestige University, where most of the classrooms are located.
3. System 00
Each cabin “system” is prefabricated in a flatbed configuration that can be assembled by hobbyist or professional builders depending on the model. System 00 is described as Backcountry’s “Essential A-Frame Shelter”. Stocked only with the essentials, the System 00 measures 10’x10 ‘and has been designed to accommodate living spaces such as a single bedroom with room for a bunk bed, a yoga meditation studio or a space open to work on art.
4. Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center
NBBJ architectural firm built a sustainable Olympic sports center in Hangzhou, China. The sports site features two sculptural elements with intriguing lotus petal elements. Generative parametric scripts were used to conserve resources, enable views of the Qiantang River, and bring fans closer to the terrain. It is an active destination for fans and the community throughout the sporting process.
Alive pushes the boundaries of probiotic buildings and multi-species architecture. The installation is on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale to demonstrate how organic materials with microbial properties could be used in architecture to help create healthier environments for humans. It has a part made of a rough, porous organic material that provides a large surface area and many different microclimates for various types of microbes. Alive also includes macro-spaces for humans and micro-spaces for microbes, as well as material interfaces for exchange between these different species.
6. Rain sensor
The Rain Catcher by Tactus Design Workshop is a 3D printed house with a sustainable and self-sufficient design. Built from raw earth and mixed compounds, the house’s carbon footprint is extremely low. The roof is designed to collect rainwater, which is then filtered and used indoors. Tactus design workshops plan to print the Rain Catcher from clay-based soil. They aim for the house to be completely self-sufficient in terms of heating, electricity, water supply and off-grid structure.
7. The Bear
Small houses on wheels should have a length of 4 m, 5 m and 7 m respectively, a width of 2.5 m and a maximum height of 4 m. The Tiny House Ursa is currently located in Cascais, Portugal, and can operate completely off-grid as a booth or remote office! The roof has a 5% slope that allows rainwater to flow easily into a few tanks with a total capacity of 650 liters. This water is then redirected to the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink and the shower where it is filtered and reused. Then the reused water goes into another tank which redirects it to water the plants.
8. Short story
With almost three weeks of construction, Short Story was built in the same Territorial Renaissance architectural style as its adjacent buildings using sustainable building materials and a low impact construction method. Coated with recycled paper and adobe, Short Story uses both materials like insulation and plaster for the walls. Designed and built according to Raumplan’s theory, Short Story comprises a single cubic volume with an interior space divided into different levels and wooden quadrants. From different angles of the building, Short Story’s living spaces vary in size and function, housing compact spaces that resemble sleeping nooks and even high atriums with high ceilings.
Designed by David and Jeanette Reiss-Andersen of Oslo-based Norske Mikrohus, Rast is a modern small house clad in Norwegian spruce tinted with black. It’s built with northern weather conditions in mind – the roof can withstand heavy snowfall and the walls feature thick wool, glass and aluminum insulation – all durable materials. On sunny winter days, occupants can stay warm and comfortable inside while feeling connected outside. “The large shower window really puts you in touch with the natural surroundings,” says David.
10. Welcome to the Jungle House (WTTJH)
WTTJH is built within a rejuvenated heritage facade of plastered masonry, steel, wood and greenery – this is where Victorian row houses and the aesthetic of a post-industrial warehouse meet. The two-story house was on the verge of collapse and originally occupied the 90m² triangular site. Due to strict heritage controls, it was untouched and desperate until CPlusC’s rejuvenation project brought it back to life in a way that was conducive to a better future for industry and the planet.