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Solar-powered floating hotel room is designed to pop up anywhere on water

Valencia-based architecture firm Mano De Santo has proposed a plug-and-play hotel room that could be easily transported and installed thanks to its modular, off-grid design. Dubbed the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge, the conceptual floating pavilion is a sustainable tourism initiative that targets low environmental impact. Powered with solar energy, the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge would offer […]

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Zille: Old Conradie hospital project could be ‘make or break’ for housing system

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the “pioneering” housing project expected at the site of the derelict old Conradie Hospital in Cape Town could “make or break” the current housing system. A R3bn mixed-income residential project, set for the vast grounds of the old hospital could provide the solution for the country’s “failed” free housing […]

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The dirty secrets of tiny houses

Tiny houses look marvellous, but have a dark side that does not appear on the marketing blurb. Tiny houses are everywhere. They’ve received heavy coverage in the media and there are millions of followers on dozens of pages on social media. While there is no census for these homes, they have seen a surge in popularity in the decade since the Great Recession […]

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Adaptable home brings together multiple generations under a solar roof

When local design studio Jost Architects was approached to design a home in Kew East, Melbourne, the firm not only navigated a challenging, complex site, but it also designed for multigenerational living that wouldn’t feel claustrophobic. The result is an adaptable 358-square-meter home spread out across three floors and designed to harmonize with its surroundings. Moreover, the Kew […]

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