10 amazing eco-friendly houses
By Rachel England Thursday 23 January 2014
We spend a lot of time talking about ways to make your house more eco-friendly and energy-efficient, but for the last word in true green living, check out these amazing architectural creations.
1) Balanced precariously on top of an artificial hill, this striking structure is designed to work in harmony with the Australian seasons, blocking out the cold winter sun and allowing warm summer rays to heat the house naturally. A rooftop garden helps to control the temperature, too!
2) This beautiful bridge house retains its modern charms while managing to blend perfectly into its scenic background. It may look basic, but the house boasts natural ventilation, thermal windows, heat-absorbing floors, solar panels and a rainwater recycling system.
3) A stunning blend of contemporary design and natural living, this house – made from natural and sustainable materials – has been designed to have a minimal impact on its surroundings and can be assembled within five days!
4) This futuristic-looking house may seem a little cold and unwelcoming, but it’s actually packed full of eco-friendly features designed to make living there a dream. Powered by wind and solar power, it’s completely self-sufficient.
5) This deceptively-spacious home is built into the side of a moor, giving it tremendous insulation power, retaining heat in winter and cooling the house in summer.
6) These oddly-shaped homes are so conceptual they’re still in the design stages! These modular dwellings are 90% recyclable and 70% more efficient than the average home. Could you imagine living inside a giant egg?
7) Despite its basic construction materials – bamboo and packed earth – this Vietnamese home incorporates some serious green technology, including a solar cell system, a rainwater recycling unit and a geothermal heating system.
8) This angular abode is situated in Canada, which is dealt a tumultuous hand when it comes to the weather. Its low profile and eco-friendly heat pump protects it from icy wind, while its green roof and large windows keep things cool when the temperature rises.
9) Like a rabbit’s burrow, this Swiss house nestles neatly into the side of a hill, so as to preserve the area’s stunning scenery. The surrounding earth keeps the house at a steady temperature, while large windows let in loads of light.
10) Who says eco-friendly homes require splashing the cash? This apartment block in West Hollywood has been designed with both environment and income in mind, and features solar power, eco-heating and an internal bamboo forest!