The true sustainability of bamboo is sometimes questioned by environmentalists, but the design of this little house is so incredible I had to share it with you. It’s purpose seems to be to illustrate how the Lamboo brand product can be used to create sustainable buildings. Lamboo is architectural and structural bamboo.
Lamboo Studio Project
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This is a newcomer to the small green home landscape. It’s a 200 square foot home that is carefully designed to provide space for a family of four. I like the concept and am looking forward to seeing it become a reality.
Nano Living Systems
Polymecca is a wonderful example of a well crafted house truck. The house itself measures 14′ long, 8′ wide, and 7.5′ tall. It has a steel frame for strength and lots of woodwork.
Designers are uniting to come up with ideas for rebuilding Haiti. This competition is not just focused on architecture though, they are looking at the big picture from infrastructure to institutions.
Spontaneous Architecture Challenge: Rebuild Haiti
Here’s a nice example of how an old house can be brought back to life. It’s 400 square feet and was brought back from the brink of demolition by a company called Reclaimed Space.
Tiny House Reclaimed
It’s always interesting to see what architectural firms come up with when tasked to design small structures. This one was designed by Sanders Pace Architecture. Their client wanted an off-the-grid structure for weekend use. I think the exterior texture is really incredible as well as the dramatic projecting roofline.
Cape Russell Pavillion by Sanders Pace Architecture
While this 1000+ square foot house isn’t tiny, it is a good example of how new technology and reclaimed materials can be blended in a new energy efficient home with a traditional appearance.
Zero Energy Casita
I always learn new stuff while reading Lloyd Kahn’s blog. This week I spotted this funky little tiny house built by the folks at Living Earth Structures in Petaluma, California. These folks build all sorts of earthen structures including benches, walls, ovens, and houses. They also offer adobe and cob workshops for those who want to learn about building in this extremely low-cost and sustainable building method. Below is a video from their website.
Living Earth Structures
I’m starting to think that building with earth makes more sense than any other building method. I must admit I’m terribly biased because my real professional training and education is in the ceramic arts. The main disadvantage is that they are no portable like so many of the tiny houses I write about and explore through design.
Here’s another great find from Lloyd Kahn’s blog… it’s an article on 10 Amazing Earthen Buildings.