modular design

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

The award-winning pumpkin room comes in two different varieties: either a complete mini-room that can be installed in just about any office, or partitions comprised of just two of the polycarbonate panels

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Canopea Home is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm by Rhône-Alpes for the European Solar Decathlon

Canopea Home is a Solar-Powered Urban Habitat with a Vertical Farm by Rhône-Alpes for the European Solar Decathlon

Taking inspiration from tree canopies that absorb 95% of the forest's overall solar energy and capture 30% of the rainfall, the nanotowers are less than 10 stories high and each floor is its own home. The

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Solar-Powered Brazilian Ekó House is a Modular Smart Home with a Composting Toilet

Solar-Powered Brazilian Ekó House is a Modular Smart Home with a Composting Toilet

Constructed out of pre-stressed wood panels, the Ekó House from Brazil has a modular veranda system that not only respects the Brazilian tradition of having both private and open spaces, but also

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ECOLAR: Germany’s Modular European Solar Decathlon House has a Rooftop Power Plant

ECOLAR: Germany’s Modular European Solar Decathlon House has a Rooftop Power Plant

Even though ECOLAR is a veritable solar powerhouse, that hasn't prevented the team from Germany from maximizing the home's energy efficiency. Why waste energy, even if it is renewable, right? Enriched

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Elaine Tong’s Air-Purifying Filtration Blocks Detoxify Indoor Spaces with Plants

Elaine Tong’s Air-Purifying Filtration Blocks Detoxify Indoor Spaces with Plants

The structure is based on Weaire Phelan geometry (3-dimesional structure of equal-sized bubbles). The modules lock together and form flexible compositions. Each module contains plants with roots that are

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Beachaus II is a Smart LEED Platinum Home in White Rock, British Columbia

Beachaus II is a Smart LEED Platinum Home in White Rock, British Columbia

Designed to take advantage of the available light, the home maximizes privacy and views of the bay. With over 2,000 square feet of living space, Beachaus II includes three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a

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World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

World’s First Solar Kiosk Now Open For Business in Ethiopia

Demand for electricity in developing countries is on the rise, but without a reliable electric grid or even access to power, other solutions have to be developed. Luckily, developing countries can now

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival facilities in

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CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

Back in 2008, CitizenM built its first two prefabricated hotels in Amsterdam as an experiment, and then took the lessons they'd learned to design and build the hotels in the UK. They started with the

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Modular SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Mimics the Geometry of Sea Urchin Shells

Modular SPACEPLATES Greenhouse Mimics the Geometry of Sea Urchin Shells

Building on a concept first introduced by the late Danish engineer Ture Wester, the designers have created a minimalist modular system that is lightweight and self-supporting, expansive, and yet

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STICKS: Miniature Tipi-Shaped Kindergartens for Urban Parks in Paris

STICKS: Miniature Tipi-Shaped Kindergartens for Urban Parks in Paris

Each Stick "nursery," as Djuric Tardio calls them, will feature the latest in sustainable bioclimatic technologies to ensure that they are energy efficient and infused with natural light. The lower level

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Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

Dandelion Clock is a Bodacious Modular Kindergarten in Germany

The four modules are arranged around a central atrium. This daylit space and naturally-ventilated space has multiple functions: It is an indoor playing field, a dining hall and it regulates traffic

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Amazing Whanapoua Sled House Can Be Slid Around the Beach in New Zealand

Amazing Whanapoua Sled House Can Be Slid Around the Beach in New Zealand

Reminiscent of surf shacks or beach observation towers, the Whanapoua sled house features elementary building materials put together in a really sleek design. This is a two-storey project complete with

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Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

When exercise time rolls around, there are two discreet handle bars at the top of the Arceas, and another two at the base. These provide great resistant training whether standing or seated. Also, a nifty

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Cree Unveils Its AeroBlades Modular Outdoor LED Lights

Cree Unveils Its AeroBlades Modular Outdoor LED Lights

Lighting manufacturers Cree just unveiled a design for its new Aeroblades streetlights, modern, fin-shaped LED lights that the company hopes will replace traditional overhead streetlights. Cities

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LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA’s Green-Roofed Prefab is the Ultimate Classroom of the Future

LAVA significantly reduces the classroom of the future's material load by prefabricating it and then assembling the program on site. This is easily achieved with lightweight materials as well as floor and

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The Mod Green CUBE Restaurant Is Now Open For Reservations in Milan

The Mod Green CUBE Restaurant Is Now Open For Reservations in Milan

The concept of The Cube was to create a lightweight restaurant that could easily be assembled and disassembled in order to travel around Europe and find a new location on top of important monuments

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Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

Super Low-Cost Mima Prefab Homes are Modeled After Minimalist Japanese Architecture

In addition to its glazed shell, the prefab Mima package comes complete with a handful of extra plywood panels that can be used to erect additional walls according to each person's taste. These walls can

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Studio 200404 Designs a Modular Stop and Shop for Zerim-Liftan in Israel

Studio 200404 Designs a Modular Stop and Shop for Zerim-Liftan in Israel

Zerim-Liftan approached 200404 studio to assist them in revitalizing their 17 year old brand. Zerim, hebrew for "Bouquets", is the store's magnificent flower shop; and Liftan, hebrew for "Compote", is the

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Expandable Surface Pavilion Makes Use of Sustainable Fabrication Processes

Expandable Surface Pavilion Makes Use of Sustainable Fabrication Processes

The group's zero-waste construction method relies on a digital design that is cut via a CNC machine into sheet material. These cuts are just simple lines that create no waste off of the sheet and allow it

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Samuel Wilkinson’s Compact Mantis Desk Tidies Up Any Work Space

Samuel Wilkinson’s Compact Mantis Desk Tidies Up Any Work Space

Fresh off his British Design Museum, "2011 Design of the Year" win, Wilkinson's latest Mantis desk is another crowd pleaser with its simple yet flexible design. The beech wood table top has a removable

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Awesome Modular Public Lounge Takes Over Vancouver’s Parking Spaces

Awesome Modular Public Lounge Takes Over Vancouver’s Parking Spaces

The goal of VIVA Vancouver is to transform street spaces where cars normally go, into people places to give residents more room to walk, bike, dance, skate, sit, hang out with friends and neighbors. So

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Frii, A New Recycled Plastic Bike by Dror Peleg

Frii, A New Recycled Plastic Bike by Dror Peleg

The Frii tri-color recycled plastic bike has a snap-together design that is light weight, but seriously durable.  Made out of recycled plastic, Dror Peleg designed it with the cityscape in mind, hoping

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Ironbuds: Modular and Repairable Earbuds That Dare to Be Broken

Ironbuds: Modular and Repairable Earbuds That Dare to Be Broken

If you're sick of constantly replacing your iPod headphones with even cheaper ones that will probably break before you even pull them out of the box, there's now a brand new product that just may be the

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Urban Umbrella: UrbanSHED Competition Unveils Winning Prototype

Urban Umbrella: UrbanSHED Competition Unveils Winning Prototype

New York City sidewalks are constantly covered with construction sheds and scaffolding, and, needless to say, they do little for the Big Apple's looks. Always dark, somewhat sketchy, and magnets for

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Rafael Viñoly’s New Stanford Hospital Design Features Modular, Daylight Filled Cubes

Rafael Viñoly’s New Stanford Hospital Design Features Modular, Daylight Filled Cubes

Rafael Viñoly Architects was tapped to design the new state-of-the-art facility, which will eventually replace the current 1959 facility that does not meet code for seismic activity or have enough space.

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Marmol Radziner Launches Affordable New Locomo Prefab!

Marmol Radziner Launches Affordable New Locomo Prefab!

Inhabitat favorite Marmol Radziner just officially launched a brand new line of affordable modular prefab homes, the Locomo (which stands for LOwer COst MOdular). The official announcement was made today

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Stuttgart University’s Shimmering Solar Decathlon Home+

Stuttgart University’s Shimmering Solar Decathlon Home+

All of the homes in this year's Solar Decathlon Europe utilize advanced building technologies and green strategies to optimize their energy use -- this is especially evident in the home+ by Stuttgart

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Bicycle Rack-Inspired Modular Home

PREFAB FRIDAY: Bicycle Rack-Inspired Modular Home

This curvaceous modular home by Palo Alto architect, Joseph Bellomo, is joining the ranks of affordable, modular housing. Dubbed the House Arc, Bellomo was inspired to create the home after the success of

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Australian Modscape

PREFAB FRIDAY: Australian Modscape

Australian prefab manufacturer, Modscape, creates contemporary, functional homes out of modular designs that can be arranged in countless configurations, balancing beautiful architecture with sustainable

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