Ecological sustainability has gained plenty of awareness in the past years, as more and more environmental oriented people are struggling to make a difference in their everyday life.
Whether this will happen on a small scale (recycling, smart use of resources) or on a larger scale (housing, alternative energy, eco-friendly urban systems) there is hope that the inhabitants of Earth aren’t forgetful when it comes to the most precious gift we have been given: Nature.
That is how we have come to realize (in such a consumerist society) that change comes with every little action we take: an eco-friendly house will be an important stepping-stone that will lead to a whole revolutionized system: imagine an environmental friendly infrastructure and whole cities that will be rebuilt in this bewildering concept.
If we are taking a glance around the world, we will surely encounter cities that are continuously struggling to stay green. For example, Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital is a veritable example of eco development. The volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls that surround the city are a great source of alternative energy that can be used to provide hot water and electricity.
Another inspirational example is in Findhorn Ecovillage, an experimental architectural community based in Scotland that takes pride in showing the world that living eco is no dream.
This is how we have found some of the best green houses that can take us closer to Nature.
It seems very complicated: south-facing windows (which denotes a rigid building code), solar panels, insulation made from recycled paper, non-toxic paints or glues and turf roofs. We acknowledge the effort put in this house, but we can just image how satisfying and fulfilling it can be living in it!
It is not visually green, but it is surrounded by green. As Christiania is abundant in lush, luxuriant trees and bushes, its inhabitants are thoroughly lucky to have their homes built as eco-friendly as possible.
It is known that the small community that surrounds Copenhagen have reformed the typical norms of living and have taken their idealism to another level. The so-called “Free Town of Christiania” is home to liberal minds and spirits who are building their homes from scratch. This one has plenty of light and reusable materials.
They look surreal and rather hobbit-style but they could be the houses of the future. Underground built, this complex of houses is situated in Switzerland and it reveals a fresh eco-friendly concept. As they are built underground, this is a natural insulation that will protect the houses from humidity, heat and cold.
New Zealand is green by default. This is the best starting point when it comes to building an eco-friendly home such as the one built by Crosson, Clarke and Carnachan. Sustainable solar-powered and constructed of sustainable sourced timber. Thanks to its insulation, the temperature will be balanced throughout all the seasons!
5. Solaleya Domes, U.S.A
These development houses have stood out instantly thanks to their outlandish design (yes, they literally look like UFOs). Apart from their unique and progressive design, they have also impressed with their durability and materials built to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes up to a magnitude of 8. One amazing feature of these houses is the rotating roof, which will allow in as much sunlight as possible!
We are happy to encounter so many eco-friendly houses around the world, hoping to bring more environmental awareness in the future!