Cocoon Tent Treehouse

A luxury tree house for adults that can’t get rid of the kid in us, the Cocoon Tent is the best way to sleep during your next outdoor adventure.

The Cocoon Tree is a spherical tent that can allow you to sleep literally anywhere your heart desires, well anywhere that there’s trees that is. The aluminum built structure is made of 12 rods on the top half, and 12 shorter rods on the bottom half, and connects to the surrounding trees allowing you to sleep suspended over the ground. The biggest benefit is the fact that you will dramatically reduce the amount of insects and pests found out in the wild, and you will also be able to set up camp on uneven grounds in places you couldn’t have ever imagined without the tent. The best part is that there is a 2.4 meter circular bed built for two.

building your own home from Open Source Blocks

What if your next house were to cost 1/10th of the average home while sporting a long list of high-tech hyper-ecological features? With the help of the Open Building Institute (OBI), which is designing affordable, ecological housing accessible to everyone - you may be able to do just that.

In the good old days people built their own homes. My grandfather built his and lived in it with his family for decades. However, as homes and their sub-systems have become more complex along with ever more stringent building codes, few can claim to be able to replicate such a feat. OBI hopes to change that.

OBI is a new initiative that is creating a library of engineered modules and a series of rapid-build procedures to quite literally help anyone build an affordable home. The basic idea is if you can follow an instructable you should be able to follow a few of them - and if the modules are well organized and complete you could finish off a whole house with a few friends.

OBI is following the same open source methodology that has made the Internet so successful —- sharing the source code with a free license. Google and Facebook and many other Internet companies use open source software on the backend because large scale collaboration generally leads to superior technology. Open source hardware follows the same approach from electronics to 3-D printers.

There is a rapidly growing list of open source hardware projects, which are bringing millions of dollars of value to the world. Now OBI is adding ‘house’ to the list.

In this case, rather than sharing computer code, OBI is sharing a toolkit that is open source and available free of charge—forever. The toolkit includes a library of modular designs (think of them like building blocks), detailed instructions, software, and even the open source machines (for construction and production of building materials following the Open Source Ecology model). Users can design their own house using open source software, and can also contribute designs to the project.

Rapid Builds, Affordable Housing

The preliminary designs are stacked with high-tech ecological features including a building integrated solar photovoltaic roof, in floor hydronic heating, and a biodigester. They aim to achieve Living Building Challenge certification in 2017, which is the highest standard for eco-construction. The standard OBI house model is off-grid (a recent study indicates this may be economic for many people in the U.S.) and will have an Aquaponic Greenhouse option, which produces all the fish and vegetables that a family can eat.

OBI follows a rapid build approach where they can train non-specialists to put up the house in 5 days. If you have ever heard about an Amish barn raising you have the idea.

They have already built a demonstration home - the plans of which anyone is free to copy.

However, not everyone literally wants to build their own house. So the initiative plans to offer a turnkey build service to prospective homeowners in 2017 using an immersion training program for builders—to expand OBI build services to other locations (they are located in Missouri). They are using the now somewhat standardized Open Source Ecology Extreme Manufacturing workflow, which the organization developed over 12 previous builds at its Missouri headquarters.

Big Box: vivienda prefabricada con materiales ecológico y techo verde

Bert y May Group, un estudio de diseño con base en Londres, ha lanzado recientemente una serie de casas inteligentes prefabricadas que toman tan poco como un día para configurarlas. La empresa de diseño ha creado cuatro versiones diferentes de estas casas llamadas "Big Box", que vienen en distintas medidas y tamaños. Creadas en colaboración con el estudio de arquitectura local Box 9 Design y habiendo tomado 14 semanas para fabricarse, las pequeñas viviendas son completamente funcionales y cuentan con un encanto rústico, materiales ecológicos, aislamiento estructural y techo verde.

Getaway: tiny houses en el campo como nuevo concepto vacacional

  • New company Getaway builds long and skinny cabins delivered to to idyllic rural locations not too far from the city
  • The project, which began in Boston and is now expanding to New York, offers a taste of so-called tiny house living
  • The cabins include a queen-size bed, stove, toilet, shower and a selection of classic books and even board games

Tiny eco homes are helping busy professionals escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle in an ultimate escape costing $99 a night.

New company Getaway builds long and skinny 8ft by 20ft houses which are then delivered to idyllic rural locations not too far from the city.

The project, which began in Boston and is now expanding to New York, offers a taste of 'tiny house living', with homes described as 'big enough to live in, but small enough to live simply in'.

The firm, launched in 2015, builds 'Instagram-able' tiny houses designed by Harvard Graduate School of Design students to provide the comforts of home.

The cabins include a queen-size bed, stove, toilet, shower and a selection of classic books and board games.

Company founder, Jon Staff, said: 'Getaway is the anti-vacation. Vacations are too costly, too complex and too distant.

'A Getaway is near enough, within two hours, to escape in an instant, affordable, as low as $99 per night and designed for you to do nothing at all - an invitation to hide your phone, look at the stars and flicker of a campfire and connect with people you care about.

'Our goal is to get Americans to use those 50 per cent of vacation days they don't use each year.'

Jon added: 'Getaway houses are placed on secluded, quiet land within two hours of the city.

The team say they are 'progressively iterating' the designs on the back of guest feedback.

Each home is constructed in around four weeks and is built around 'a program' based on what the visitors need. 

Mr Komarin said: 'I think what is appealing is the ability to begin the architectural process from this small scale, in which the wholeness of the concept can be felt throughout the scheme, rather than appearing as a mish-mash of shrunken down architecture.'

He added: 'I find challenges of designing at a small scale to be very fulfilling. We've got to pack a lot of program into a 160-square foot footprint.

'Constraints on budget also provide a lot of challenges.

'It forces a materials and systems organisation in which one surface or assembly must service more than one function.'

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