There is a growing concern among architects and interior designer, regarding how to combine an appealing style with sustainability. Sustainable architecture has as many implications in changing the materials to construct our future homes as it has in changing our ways of mind and our approaches to the pre-constructed ideas about living. The technologies now available make it possible to experiment with new solutions to bring beautiful buildings and comfortable, stylish homes that are friendly to our planet. Brands like Adaptahaus go even further, and transform the concept of building as something long lasting to building as something adaptable to the evolving needs of people.
Ecological and low-energy construction and design are not a new idea, as the problem of the consumption of resources following the industrial revolution was raised already in the 1960s by Richard Buckminster Fuller, who designed a prototype of a house to face the shortcuts in homebuilding techniques that looked inevitable during War Times. His Dymaxion house clearly opened the way to the following projects, including Adaptahaus, but its futuristic approach makes this prototype unsuitable for actual living.
The design is inflexible, and it doesn’t consider the environment in which it would be built, on the contrary of houses such as those of Blue Forest.
As well as Adaptahaus, Blue Forest is a brand involved in the heart of sustainable architecture and design, and it too reinvents the idea of building. The brand is famous for its tree houses, which offer the luxurious design you would expect in a loft in Manhattan, but in a structure based on the environment of the forest in which it is built.
They also offer luxurious lodges and perches that, while sustainable, don’t reinvent the idea of building as much as the tree houses, or the easy to transform Adaptahaus.
Another inspiring change in the way we see living has been done by the Japanese architect Takeshi Hosaka, who built a house completely filled with natural daylight in spite of the very urban position, surrounded by the typical grey skyscrapers you think of when thinking of Japanese housing.
It is rather small and it relies on hidden facilities, as it’s common in Japan more than in the Western countries, but it has an air of minimalist luxury that contrasts the critics of not being suitable enough for a comfortable living. The plants add to this sustainable house a proper touch of green.