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Tasmanian Beach House: Sustainable shipping container-style architecture

Tasmanian Beach House: Sustainable shipping container-style architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Dutch owners of this beach house in Tasmania asked their architect Daniel Haskell of Haskell Architects to design a functional, efficient and inexpensive shack that was sustainable and maximised the views and environment. It also needed to be durable for extended periods while the owners were back at their base in the Netherlands. Ideally the building would appear as thought it could be picked up and removed without a trace.
In the words of architect Daniel Haskell, "The building is elevated above the sloping ground by slender steel posts and touches the ground lightly at the entrance. Externally, the building is a simple rectangular form, reminiscent of a shipping container, and clad with a simple palette of inexpensive & durable materials. The main exterior cladding was Zincalume corrugated steel primarily for economy, durability and low maintenance, with patches of cedar cladding to help visually break up the facades. The windows facing the sea are made of aluminium to provide maximum weather protection."

Internally, large windows provide expansive views to the “Bay of Fires” and the bushland behind the house. The remote location influenced the materials to those readily available locally or otherwise easily transported to site. European fixtures and fittings add some luxury touches. When the owners pack up and return home, they do so safe in the knowledge that the beach house will look after itself until their return...

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Lopez Island Cabin by Stuart Silk Architects

Lopez Island Cabin by Stuart Silk Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on a wooded bluff above Puget Sound, the Lopez Island Cabin re-imagines a traditional retreat in contemporary materials and form. As with most true cabins, there are few rooms: a living area/kitchen, two modest bedrooms and two small bathrooms. The project utilizes simple materials and an efficient plan to create a striking, sculptural form.

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Backyard solutions to urban planning issues

Backyard solutions to urban planning issues | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Hundreds of visitors flocked to a new, 420-square-foot cottage in West Berkeley to examine the tiny, sustainably designed "accessory home" as a possible wave of the future.
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Jay C. Estes's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:43 AM

Hmmm, I seem to remember a similar concept known as Katrina Cottages, or Mississippi Cottages being discussed well before this.  Mississippi leading the way?

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The Poplar Garden House / Onix

The Poplar Garden House / Onix | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Near the city center of Groningen,The Netherlands, are the gardens of Tuinwijck. This green oasis between a railway track and the Helperzoom offers the inhabitants of the city a low budget possibility to create the most eccentric gardens. It is an ecological garden for the elderly, children and artists to enjoy...

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A place in the Woods...

A place in the Woods... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Charlie Lazor has been designing some of the loveliest modern prefab houses in the country since the beginning of the start of the prefab meme.

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