Malator in Druidstone, Wales
Touted as an architectural masterpiece, contemporary houses don’t come as cool looking as this capsule embedded in the ground. From the outside it looks like a pod from a sci-fi movie, and the same goes for the interior. It’s turf roof, steel chimney and peephole doorway gave it the nickname ‘ Teletubby house’ from the locals. Whilst looking futuristic, Malator’s design is very simple, essentially based around one room divided by prefabricated coloured pods. Although a modern concept, the pod manages to meld in with its natural surroundings.
Sustainable House Project – Ipswich
This eco friendly and energy efficient development forms part of an innovative project of individual quality houses. It’s a detached three-storey property with 4/5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility, Hall, and a balcony overlooking the garden. Outside features ample car parking. This new development of eco-friendly home is proving to continue to be very popular. The house is crafted using natural materials, allowing the traditional character to shine through.
Solar panels and LED lights help reduce energy outage, and all the walls and floors are heavily insulated, retaining any heat. The accommodation makes the most of all light with large windows, glazed porches and internal balconies. Eco Houses for sale in the Ipswitch area at Zoopla are plentiful and you will be able to find your own build.
Sedum House, North Norfolk Coast
This amazing looking house is said to be the future in houses. Sedum house is set in steep sand hill inland in North Norfolk Coast, where the earth hides deep within itself all the bedrooms of the property. Sedum House has ground level windows. Another great design consideration was focussing the main point around the sun. The impressive wooden hood covers the main living rooms on the first floor – this keeps the heat off the glass windows during summer, but in winter the house is not devoid of any sunlight. Four bedrooms of the house are buried in the tunnel, the ground cover provides energy free insulation. Not only energy efficient but very cool looking.
The ‘Zero Carbon House’ Project
This project has been designed and constructed as a highly efficient and low embodied energy house set on Unst, Shetland. It features a carbon energy system, which compromises of two micro wind turbines, an air to water heat pump, water battery heat store and control system. Taking Eco a step further, a high technology greenhouse for local food production has been erected. Food will be grown throughout the year inside, no soil or peat needed, as this high tech will do the job with just nutrients, water and LED lighting. They even went as far as using thermal imaging to identify any heat leaks within the structure.