The word “cool” is certainly an overused term in daily vernacular. But, at the risk of sounding boring, I’m going to have to say some of the homes you see below are way cool. We always like to keep things fresh here at William Raveis and researching the newest trends in homebuilding and architecture are on our to-do list. Check out some of these up-and-coming structural concepts, from a home that uses only 10% of the energy of typical homes, to a 330 square foot apartment that transforms into 24 rooms!
1st Retrofit Passive House in the Northeast and Perhaps the Nation
Passive homes, which require only 10 percent of the heat normally used to power a home, are all the rage in Europe. However, they are still a new concept in the US. That’s why we were really excited when a William Raveis buyer decided to partner with us and build the first retrofit passive house in the northeast and perhaps the country. In order to have a true passive house, strict standards need to be met from the PassivHaus Institute in Germany. A home must have proper solar orientation, be airtight, super insulate, have no thermal bridges and circulate fresh air through ventilation machines. These processes result in an extremely comfortable living environment, with temperatures remaining at 72 or 73 degrees Farenheit year-round. For more information, take a look at the press the home has received in RisMedia and the New York Times. Take a look at some of the pictures below:
A Home Powered by Spinach
The Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) homebuilding concept is based on William McDonough’s principle of “transforming human industry through ecologically intelligent design.” I bet none of us thought spinach would be a part of that design, however. Well, that’s what makes the C2C home pictured here so unique. The home, created in Roanoke VA for a residential design open competition, obtains its electricity from spinach. Sounds like a stretch? We thought so, too. So here is the explanation from MIT researchers, who identified Photosystem I (PSI), derived from spinach: “Derived from spinach chloroplasts, PSI is 10 to 20 nanometers wide. Around 100,000 of them would fit on the head of a pin.” Researcher Marc A. Baldo, stated, “They are the smallest electronic circuits I know of.”
We think Popeye would be proud.
A Small Apartment that Transforms into 24 Rooms
Architect, Gary Chang knows all about brilliant use of space. And although this post is devoted to the coolest ‘homes,’ we thought this incredible apartment that can be transformed in 24 different ways, was a must-see. In the already incredibly limited living space in bustling Hong Kong, Chang has managed to create the lap of luxury with less than 400 square feet of available space. Take a look at how his home can go from bedroom, to bathroom, to kitchen and even private theater, with just a few quick moves.
Wave-Shaped Home in Sydney
Beach-living has been redefined in this gorgeous property on Bondi Beach, Australia. What makes this home so unique is its form: the home is in the shape of a wave. What better way to pay homage to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world? The home’s marvels don’t end with its gently flowing exterior. Slim, super-tall windows, a rooftop garden and a roof top loft give this home the extra ‘cool.’ We think the pictures speak for themselves.
What are some of the coolest concept homes you’ve seen?