Designed by Luciano Pia, this incredible treehouse located in “a small forest” of Turin, Italy. With an attempt to evade Turin’s homogeneous urban scene and integrate life into the facade of the residential building, this building looks like a steel infrastructure covering the facade in massive pops of green foliage.
“White Tree” is an imaginative structure crafted by Sou Fujimoto Architects, along with Nicolas Laisné Associés and OXO Architects. Influenced by both Japanese and Mediterranean styles, the 17-storey mixed-use tower will accommodate residential units, office space, an art gallery, restaurant and a panoramic bar. This 10,000 square meter structure grows organically out of the ground, with a natural form that looks like tree branches. The various “branches” or decks provide shade for adjacent properties, and the architects imagined it as a vertical garden. Each of the highrise’s residents will select a preferred floor plan from a list of possible layouts, encouraging ‘free choice architecture’ with a series of modular spaces. The tower devises passive strategies throughout its design in order to ensure a comfortable and livable environment that feeds off locally available resources.
Created by East Sussex-based architecture and construction firm Blue Forest, the eco-PERCH concept is assembled with natural materials and can be implemented within 5 days. It’s natural, organic geometry maximizes the relationship between the inside space and the outdoor setting, ensuring the structure sits harmoniously within the landscape. Contained within a 6 meter by 8 meter footprint, the combined kitchen, dining, living area and bedroom may comfortably accommodate four people. wrapped with a continuous roof surface, its oval sectional geometry visually connects with the outdoor scenery through windows and a veranda formed with a deep eave. With options to assemble your building on the ground or in the treetops there are infinite possibilities for creating accommodation with a difference. Just think, it will also be lovely to have a place like that as office in the back yard. What do you think? [source]
If you like to travel with bike, then you might love this “Urban Hotel” design. As a well thought-out solar-powered ‘green’ hotel, Urban Hotel itself is solar-power and features rainwater recycling system and a bicycle in each room, to help visitors explore the city. While the bike is in the room, it acts as an exercse bike that converts the bike’s padealing into kinetic energy to power the room and any extra energy is used to deduct rooming costs. If you get enthusiastic enough, for all you know, you could end up renting the room for free! Apparently all your pedaled miles get converted to energy savings and can be redeemed against the room rent. Sweet! [source]