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A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers

A cross-shaped, self-sufficient micro home built from containers | sustainable architecture |

Georgian architect Dachi Papuashvili has developed a concept for a cross-shaped micro home built from shipping containers to house a member of the church.

Papuashvili, who is based in Tbilisi, wanted to design a residence that could accommodate either a cleric or a layman as a retreat for study. The intention is to use waste materials, including shipping containers, to produce a prototype that can be easily constructed and would be entirely self-sufficient.

Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 12, 2014 5:30 AM

Autre projet encore de résidence temporaire ultralégère en énergie grise et en consommation énergétique (autosuffisante) au quotidien.  Plutôt qu'un lieu de vacances, un lieu de retraite et d'étude.

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HOUS.E+ sustainable house by Polifactory

HOUS.E+ sustainable house by Polifactory | sustainable architecture |

'Hous.E+ is designed to combine new and old techniques in order to create a not only a resourceful building regarding energy efficiency and sustainability but also well equipped to actively respond to future demands of smart grid systems where energy surplus is distributed and agriculture within the city is a reality.'


Sustainable rammed earth house by Polifactory that generates energy from a rooftop lake. Designed for a rural site in Vancouver, the self-sustaining HOUS.E+ would use turbines embedded in the walls to produce electricity from water being pumped through a system of pipes.

Additional electricity would come from photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of five blocks that rise above the water and any excess power could be fed back into the national grid.

Rooms would be set 2.5 metres below ground level, where they would be heated in winter and cooled in summer from an underground pump that uses the surrounding earth as a heat source or sink, and inhabitants would also be able to harvest their own food by cultivating an ecosystem of fish, seafood and plants beneath the surface of the water...

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