Top 10 3D-printed designs that every sustainability lover needs to incorporate in their life

3D printing has well cemented its place in the design industry as a technique that is innovative, efficient, and economical. And it’s definitely making waves in all the areas of the design world – whether it be furniture, accessories, or even footwear! It’s a technique that is being widely utilized in product design, owing to its simple and innovative nature. And not to mention it is sustainable, flexible, and economical. But designers aren’t employing 3D printing only to create basic models, they’re utilizing this technique in mind-blowing ways as well. And, we’ve curated a collection of 3D-printed designs that truly explore the potential and versatility of this amazing technique. From an electric violin with a 3D-printed body to 3D-printed chairs that bring an element of sustainability + flexibility to your living room – the scope of this reliable technique is unlimited. Dive into this collection of humble yet innovative 3D-printed designs.

1. 3D-printed Seats

Designed by Johannes Steinbauer Office For Design, these 3D-printed chairs are produced using additive manufacturing and are created without using fabrics, springs, and foam! And they still manage to be super functional and comfortable. These chairs utilize rigid parts, instead of the typical racks from chairs.

Why is it noteworthy?

The design is simple enough with four legs, a round seat, and a single bar at the back. But if you want to add other components like more racks or even textiles, these can also be added through 3D printing. The different parts are easy to assemble and disassemble and once it reaches the end of life, you can dispose of the different parts separately and recycle them accordingly.

What we like

  • Super easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Sustainable design

What we dislike

  • No instruction on having a space saving version of this design

2. The Cozy Cleo Table Lamp

Based in Germany, the design studio EveryOtherDay designed a 3D-printed lamp called the Cozy Cleo table lamp. The table lamp was made using recycled plastic bottles and cardboard. This sustainable product perfectly exemplifies circular design, minimalistic design principles, and simple functionality.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Cleo table lamp is a holistically sustainable product defined by minimal aesthetics, clean lines, an intriguing geometric shape, and a captivating visual language.

What we like

  • Built using 3D-printed materials
  • Innovative attempt to tackle the excessive wastage of cardboard

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

3. Karen Ultralight Electric Violin

The Karen Ultralight Electric Violin isn’t the most interesting name for a musical instrument, but it’s definitely one that will grab your attention! Designed by Anima Design for Katahashi Instruments, the Karen Ultralight is a dynamic and innovative electric violin that features a rather eye-catching and unique form.

Why is it noteworthy?

The violin comes with a relatively hollow body made through generative design, which still provides strength with minimal use of material. The 3D-printed generative frame sits on a carbon fiber body, with a birchwood fingerboard for an elevated yet familiar playing experience. Working just like an electric guitar, the Karen Ultralight has a 1/4-inch jack output, but even sports an internal 9V battery and a headphone jack so you can ‘silently’ play music directly into your headphones without disturbing the neighbors!

What we like

  • Uses a popular design technique called generative design
  • A slot on the back lets you put in a 9V battery and plug your own headphones into the Karen, giving you the ability to play silently, right into your ear

What we dislike

  • Old-school music lovers may prefer the traditional guitar design

4. Create

Designed by Naya, Create is the keyboard that will ensure you don’t need additional peripherals on your desk! It is a highly customizable product designed to perfectly cater to every person’s individual self-expression. It eliminates the issue of a cluttered desk, which can often occur when you constantly need to switch between different peripherals.

Why is it noteworthy?

The split keyboard with the customizable form factor and various configurable modules onboard can seamlessly fit into any workflow. Thus, it intends to become a go-to option for casual keyboard enthusiasts and serious creative professionals.

What we like

  • The keyboard is split and customizable
  • The creator in you can leverage the convenience of 9 degrees of freedom with the 3D navigator

What we dislike

  • Some users may find Create more complex to operate than a conventional keyboard
  • Seems like a space-consuming design for your desk

5. The ADD-APT Pen

The ADD-APT pen looks nothing like the usual pens. Designed with a replaceable refill design that’ll let you hold on to it for ages, the ADD-APT is elegant, eye-catching, and innovative. And not to mention it’s also 3D-printed, which reduces the waste produced during the pen’s production process!

Why is it noteworthy?

The ADD-APT name comes from its unique design, which adapts to every user’s style. The pen’s artistic form factor has a unique teardrop-shaped cross-section that be ergonomically gripped by both left-handed and right-handed users (it even allows neutral and inverted-neutral holding styles), and the notched grip provides the right kind of texture needed to provide the reliable amount of friction without requiring a separate rubber/silicone sleeve for a grip.

What we like

  • Sustainable and waste-reducing design
  • Infinitely reusable nature

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

6. Tiny Furniture

Nicolas Gold trained with Zaha Hadid, before building ‘Sheyn’ with his partner Markus Schaffer. And the brand Sheyn focuses on creating “Tiny Furniture”. Tiny Furniture is homeware designed by architects! The homeware has been infused with an architect’s tendency to fuss and mull over “the tiniest details of furniture and fixtures”.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Tiny Architecture collection comes in a variety of fourteen different colors, with each variant made using a partly recycled material, that adds an element of uniqueness and individuality to them.

What we like

  • Created using a light and sturdy recyclable bioplastic made from corn
  • Nuanced yet loud designs

What we dislike

  • Caters to quite a niche audience

7. Hula

“Inspired by the ways in which lighting affects well-being, Felix Pottinger created Hula as an answer to the shrinking spaces inevitable to city living. The light that flows up through the top of the diffuser, creates an illusion of higher ceilings while the light that comes through the bottom brings a warm glow on any surface,” said Gantri, the maker of this intriguing lamp.

Why is it noteworthy?

The name Hula comes from the ring-shaped lampshade that rests around the lamp’s body, like a hula hoop around a person’s waist. The lamp’s design comes from the mind of German designer Felix Pöttinger, who’s developed his own unique style of combining form with emotion.

What we like

  • Comes in three interesting variants
  • Add their own distinct subtle flavor to any interior or tabletop surface

What we dislike

  • The form of the lamp is rather plain and simple

8. Weaver+

We|aver+ or Weaver+, for example, 3D prints something that is akin to knitted fabric, except it uses elastic TPU as the material. The shoes that it prints out actually look more like chainmail rather than conventional fabric, and it’s not without reason.

Why is it noteworthy?

The hollow-loose knitting structure gives the shoes the flexibility necessary for supporting the growing feet of children. At the same time, however, the shoe also offers stable support to make sure the heels don’t lose their suppleness in the long run.

What we like

  • Designed to feel great but also look distinctive
  • The design allows the shoes to stretch in one direction while also providing stability in the perpendicular direction

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Blizzfosser

Customized to each person’s interdental crevasses, the Blizzflosser is the brainchild of Chris Martin who has already made us fans with the weirdly productive toothbrush-sponge.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Blizzflosser comes with soft floss lined according to an individual’s denture. It is washable and reusable. The floss aligned on the contraption is thin to glide through into the gaps between the teeth and does not hurt the gums. Getting one of these tailored for you is simple; Blizzbrush sends a double-sided special paste tray to you that you bite into to leave about 5mm deep impressions of your upper and lower dentures. You then snap pictures of your production and send them to the company that based on the images customizes and 3D prints a complete denture flosser for you.

What we like

  • Replicates the manual flossing techniques

What we dislike

  • Not an easily portable or space-saving design

10. Mini Clutch Bags

These mini clutch bags are evidently inspired by organic patterns and structures, like something from underwater flora and fauna. Such designs are extremely difficult and expensive to produce using traditional methods.

Why is it noteworthy?

Ironically, it is more expensive and more wasteful if complicated designs like these are produced in small amounts. These kelp-inspired fashion accessories, however, are not only intricate but also sustainable, and they are made possible using yet another marvel of human ingenuity, the 3D printer.

What we like

  • The organic patterns are based on 3D scans of natural topologies from kelp collected from the Malibu coastline in California
  • The voids created by the patterns not only let you have a slight view of what’s inside the bag, but it also makes it more lightweight

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

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This side and coffee tables have sustainability and simplicity ingrained in their DNA

Once upon a time, buying a table involved troublesome and inconvenient shipping arrangements because the furniture either comes pre-assembled or didn’t have any way to disassemble it anyway. These days, however, it has become trendy to buy flat-packed furniture, especially if they come with minimalist designs. These are easier to transport, sometimes by the buyers themselves, and are possible to take apart store away when they’re no longer needed. The trade-off, however, is often the complexity and difficulty of assembling the things on your own. Fortunately, more creative furniture designers have come up with new ways to simplify that process, and these wooden tables demonstrate how an easier process doesn’t exactly make the furniture less stable.

Designer: Ivan Nuño

Thanks to the prevalence of minimalist designs and the popularity of stores like IKEA, it isn’t uncommon these days for many people to prefer tables and chairs that arrive at their doorsteps in pieces. Logistics like transportation and storage can be cheaper, and it’s also not that much work for those already used to putting things together themselves by hand. The latter, however, doesn’t cover the majority of buyers that need simpler steps to follow. Unfortunately, simplicity can sometimes also mean fragility, and some might find their tables loosening in critical areas.

To correct that problem, Studio Nuño designed a new type of joinery that it says reduces the assembly time down to just a few minutes while still maintaining structural strength to bear the weight of everyday use. You simply insert the legs into the slots beneath the tabletop, slide in a supporting piece, and screw that piece down with an Allen wrench. The legs come in three or four distinct pieces for the side table and coffee table, respectively, so there are no confusing angles or combinations to worry about.

Although not an inherent property of flat-pack design, many products that come in this form often have a pinch of sustainable design as well. Studio Nuño, however, takes it to a whole new level by making sure both the product and its packaging are environment-friendly. The wood for the tables, for example, is made from Baltic birch plywood coated with high-pressure laminate made from recycled materials, while the joinery uses recycled steel. The packaging is devoid of single-use plastic, using 100% recycled and biodegradable materials. It even uses eco-friendly tape to keep things together.

Studio Nuño’s tables don’t skimp on the aesthetics either, fully embracing a minimalist design that blends well with any theme you might have running in your home. Simple and sustainable, this coffee and side table pair offers a fresh look at how furniture doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful or sturdy. At the same time, its simple assembly also proves that you don’t have to sweat too much to have a sturdy and reliable table for your use, whatever that may be.

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Proposed skyscraper concept captures CO2 from the air and turns it into starch

This unique form of carbon capture is the result of a 2021 scientific study of synthesizing starch from CO2. The City Chloroplast skyscraper concept puts this research into practical use, doing the job of a massive plant that absorbs CO2 from the city air on a regular basis.

An entry at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Contest, the City Chloroplast is a massive carbon-capture device inspired directly by nature. Following the Chinese Government’s proposed policy of “Carbon Peak” in 2030, and “Carbon Neutrality” as early as 2050, the City Chloroplast works by removing CO2 from the air. The CO2 reduced to methanol by a catalyst and then converted by enzymes to carbon sugar units, then to starch. “In our skyscraper design, we designed different parts of the skyscraper, combining the steps and processes of carbon dioxide collection and capture, transportation, storage, and eventually starch production,” say the designers behind the concept. The primary structure of the skyscraper is equipped with membranes that collect and divide CO₂, which will then be directed through a massive transverse pipeline to an expansive circular chamber for storage. A series of devices for the synthesis of starch from carbon dioxide (CO₂) and hydrogen are distributed within the tower’s large annular space, while solar panels located on the top of the tower help provide the clean energy required to power the City Chloroplast’s underlying tech.

Designers: Kaiyu Chen, Yong Lin, Ziyi Li, Zhipeng Tao

In September 2021, the Chinese scientific research team presented a chemical-biochemical hybrid pathway for starch synthesis from carbon dioxide (CO₂) and hydrogen in a cell-free system. The artificial starch anabolic pathway (ASAP), consisting of 11 core reactions, was drafted by computational pathway design, established through modular assembly and substitution, and optimized by protein engineering of three bottleneck-associated enzymes. Although the laboratory method is a long way from being sustainable, energy efficient, economically viable or a replacement for traditional agriculture, it’s a breakthrough in artificially synthesizing starch from CO2, which is a world-first.

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This clean minimal 3D printed lamp was made using recycled cardboard and plastic bottles

In today’s world, we don’t think twice before throwing something away. You can even go, so far, as to say that we are a ‘throwaway society’. Waste is at an all-time high.  22 million tons of paper waste is produced every year, with cardboard occupying a major portion of that. We buy things we don’t need and throw away things the second we’re done with them. And the Cozy Cleo table lamp is a rebellion against such a world! Based in Germany, the design studio EveryOtherDay designed this 3D-printed table lamp. It was created using recycled plastic bottles and cardboard. This sustainable product is a fine specimen of circular design and wholly embodies minimalistic design principles.

Designer: EveryOtherDay

Designed by Frederik Rasenberger, the lamp is a result of a circular process. This process involves recycled cardboard being pressed and molded into shape without the use of any kind of additives. It is shredded into pieces by adding water, and then pressed into shape by applying 5 tons of pressure using a hydraulic press. It is then left for a couple of days to set, allowing it to turn as hard as wood. Once it has been hardened and set, a delicate water-repellent layer of varnish is applied to it, providing protection against moisture. This hardened and molded cardboard forms the base of the lamp.

On the other hand, the recycled plastic bottles are shredded and processed via 3D printers. This processed plastic is transformed into the corrugated shade of the lamp. Once the two components are connected, they form the Cozy Cleo table lamp. The Cleo table lamp is a holistically sustainable product defined by minimal aesthetics, clean lines, an intriguing geometric shape, and a captivating visual language.

“It is a first step to make it clear to the consumer that we no longer own materials, but only use them until they are put to another use,” said Rasenberger.

The table lamp is Rasenberger’s innovative attempt to tackle the excessive wastage of cardboard, and instead incorporate it in a circular design process, providing the material with a new and redefined identity. In this entire process, almost 200g of cardboard, and 10 plastic bottles are recycled. Once the lifecycle of the lamp has ended, it can be recycled, allowing the materials to once again be utilized in a completely new and different manner.

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Meta.Zen playset lets adults calmly build their own miniature tranquil garden

There are different objects and places that have been associated with feelings of peace and calmness, but one of the most iconic ones that span cultures and nations is the carefully designed minimalist Zen garden. Just seeing one, even in a picture, is enough to trigger mental images of peaceful meditation, whether by simply sitting on a spot or raking around sand. Of course, not everyone has space for a real Zen garden at home, and miniature kits can get problematic to maintain because of their use of real sand and, sometimes, real plants. If you’re fine with just the symbolic representations of the principles of Zen, then this sustainable playset for grownups not only gives you the creative freedom to design the Zen garden of your dreams, it even becomes a meditative practice in itself.

Designer: ILSA Yumeng Li and Zongheng Sun (PEAR & MULBERRY)

Puzzle toys and playsets have existed for decades, even centuries, and while the majority of these are designed for younger audiences, there are a few that require a more experienced mind to enjoy. Sometimes a puzzle could be too complicated, or a set might have intricate parts. Some kids might still have a bit of fun with this innovative playset, but it will be adults that will benefit from it the most because it evokes emotions and thoughts that only a stressed adult would be able to appreciate.

Meta.Zen, in a nutshell, lets you put together a Zen garden of your own design. You can make it as simple or as complicated as it can be, limited only by the number of pieces you have at hand. The hexagonal base pieces magnetically attach to one another, making them simple to use even for those with physical handicaps. The magnets are strong enough so that you can even stick the finished garden to a wall to serve as a calming piece of decoration. And since there’s no sand or plants involved, there’s no mess either.

It’s more than just a simple playset, though, and each and every piece is carefully designed with the same meticulous attention to detail that Zen gardeners use. The almost random ridges and valleys of the base tiles can be combined and connected in multiple ways, creating millions of Zen patterns that you can change as your heart desires. The pebbles, stone lamps, and structures that you can place on top also magnetically attach to the intersection of tiles, making it effortless to create any arrangement you could think of. More than just the final result, the process of putting together this playset can become a calming and meditative activity of its own.

And, of course, Meta.Zen also gives peace of mind that your serenity doesn’t come at the cost of the planet’s life. The parts are used using biodegradable PLA based on walnut wood, while only natural fibers like algae and bamboo are used to give the pieces their earthy colors. Each piece is designed to let you see and feel elements of nature on a smaller scale, giving you the freedom to take not only the playset but also your Zen bubble with you wherever you go.

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This eco-tourism safari resort in Africa pulls water out of the air using transparent solar devices

MASK architects designed the world’s first eco-tourism resort that produces its own water from the air. It has been amped with an innovative technology that quite literally pulls moisture from the air, using transparent solar device-covered curtain glass. The safari resort is designed to be a luxurious getaway, but also more than that – it aims to tackle one of the major issues we face today, which is the lack of clean water.

Designer: MASK Architects

Although water should be a necessity, it has now become a luxury, which is quite honestly pretty sad. And this is where the eco-resort swoops in and hopes to provide water to the African communities and villages that face a lack of it. The resort consists of multiple lodges. Each lodge is equipped with solar device-covered curtain glass and amped with technology and dehumidification techniques that produce clean and purified drinking water.

Air filters have been positioned inside wood-covered aluminum poles which are placed around the lodges. These channel air into the fixture, and the air is filtered, condensed, and processed via a multi-step filtration system in the system room. The water is collected in the central tanks, and once it has been collected to a certain level, it is delivered to regions in Africa that suffer from water shortages.

The idea of creating these luxury eco safari lodges is to be able to bring more people to have interest in wildlife and to experience living in areas secluded and remote with the wildlife,” said MASK architects.

The BAOBAB Safari Lodges are also designed to be self-sustaining. It includes plots to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as produce and sell meat, bread, milk, and cheese. Besides being self-sustaining and sustainable, the lodges have also been luxuriously designed. The huts include a living room, bedroom, working area, a private pool, and a plunge deck amped with an outdoor shower. The huts have been elevated 3.5 meters above the ground, to provide stunning views of the surroundings, and to also provide protection to the wildlife in the area. The lodge is meant to educate the guests on nature and wildlife, and to deepen their understanding of it. The raised huts allow the guests to view the wildlife from above!

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This reusable tissue cleaner concept offers a solution to wet wipes pollution

Since viruses and harmful microorganisms are known to stick to certain surfaces for long periods of time, some people have gotten the habit of wiping down tables, shelves, door handles, and even chairs before using them. While it is definitely a commendable hygienic practice, it has also increased the use of products such as wet wipes. Contrary to popular misconceptions, these aren’t simply “wet tissues” since real tissue paper easily breaks down when wet. Unfortunately, the synthetic materials in wet wipes turn them into environmental hazards in the long run, essentially on the same level as plastics. Rather than discourage a good habit, this concept attacks the problem from a different angle by essentially providing wet wipes that can be cleaned and reused rather than being thrown away all the time.

Designer: Yeounju Lee

Despite their appearance as thick tissues or thin pieces of cloth drenched in disinfectant like alcohol, the majority of wet wipes are actually made partly from polyester or polypropylene fibers, sometimes interwoven with organic fibers like cotton or wood pulp. This means that these wipes don’t actually break down when you flush them down toilets, and definitely not after they’ve reached sewers or other places you might not want to imagine. It can take hundreds of years for these to actually decompose, meanwhile posing a problem, not unlike typical plastics.

The problem is that, like common plastic, wet wipes are convenient. Their small packages can be slipped into bags easily, and they are like a cross between tissue paper and cloth. A wiping cloth would, of course, be more economical and more environment-friendly, but the chore of washing and sanitizing after each use is too high a cost for many people. What if we could automate that last bit almost the same way we automate washing our own clothes? Re:clean is a concept that proposes exactly that, to make single-use wet wipes into reusable wet tissues.

Re:clean is practically an appliance that cleans, disinfects, wets, and dispenses these wet tissues that curiously come in the shape of a circle with a hole in the middle, pretty much like a CD. Used pieces are loaded onto a spindle from the top, while cleaned wet tissues are collected in portable storage boxes that you just pull out and put in a bag, ready to be used at any time. The machine has controls that let the user select the amount of water content the tissues will hold or the number of tissues to be dispensed per box.

It’s definitely a creative way of solving the pollution problem of wet wipes, though some might have misgivings about reusing such materials over and over again. Then again, it’s really no different from washing rags, towels, or chamois, except everything is automated and regulated. Ideally, the wet tissues themselves can be made of more sustainable materials as well, but even if they were of the same composition as wet wipes, delaying their arrival in landfills and oceans can still have a positive impact on the environment.

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Top ten homes that perfectly embody biophilic design

The word ‘biophilic’ has been buzzing around in the architecture world recently, and for good reason. With our cities falling victim to overpopulation, it’s extremely important to mitigate the effects of urbanization as best as we can and preserve the bits of remaining green, that are slowly but surely dying. Biophilic design aims to create spaces that help us build and maintain an intimate connection with nature. It’s an architectural approach that seeks to connect our human tendency to interact with nature, with the buildings we reside in. Biophilic design elements can be integrated effortlessly into any living space by simply adding green plants and natural light. These elements create environments that are peaceful, calm, and nurturing to reside in. They positively affect our mental and overall well-being. And, we’ve curated a couple of homes that do this perfectly! From a minimal Japanese home with an indoor garden to a concrete home with a ramp-like cascading green roof – these architectural structures embody biophilic design completely.

1. Welcome to the Jungle House

Designed by architecture studio CplusC Architectural Workshop for its director Clinton Cole, the Welcome to the Jungle House has been built partially from recycled materials in Sydney. The home features a rooftop vegetable garden and an aquaponics system inhabited by fish.

Why is it noteworthy?

The home was designed and built as an experiment in sustainable urban living. The rooftop vegetable garden and aquaponics system function as the major elements of the home, and were incorporated in an effort to help the residents have and maintain a better and stronger connection with nature.

What we like

  • Designed to combat the climate emergency
  • Equipped with solar panels

What we dislike

  • Climate change has already disturbed the home’s aquaponics system

2. Villa KD45

Located in the hot bustling city of New Delhi, is the Villa KD45, a majestic home defined by a flowing ramp-like green roof that adds a somewhat surreal and biophilic element to the otherwise brutalist and concrete house. The home rises like a gentle wave, from the landscaped ground on which it has been built, giving the impression of a subtle tsunami flowing on an angled property.

Why is it noteworthy?

Besides featuring a unique cascading form, the roof is populated by concrete planters, which add a rather calming green effect to it. The rest of the home is also heavily marked with trees, gardens, and loads of shrubbery. The impactful presence of green in the home beautifully contrasts against the concrete and rugged appearance of the home, tactfully balancing the rough and the smooth, the soft, and the hard.

What we like

  • The terrace also features a landscaped garden, that provides lovely views of the neighborhood park
  • Large sliding doors create an alluring indoor-outdoor connection between this section and the garden

What we dislike

  • The property seems quite difficult to maintain

3. Atri

Created by a company called Naturvillan, Atri is a newly built A-frame villa located on the shores of Lake Vänern. With a rather large form, that instantly grabs eyeballs, the home also manages to be self-sustaining, climate-smart, and sustainable. It’s like a sustainable greenhouse in the middle of the mountains! The home also provides stunning views of the lake, as well as of the surrounding majestic trees, and a natural plot with rock slabs.

Why is it noteworthy?

Atri features a traditional A-shaped form, with a rather stable base embedded directly in the mountains. It also features a continuous axis, allowing you to glimpse through the entire house in one single view! As you slowly look up at the house, you notice that it artfully blends amongst the trees, effortlessly becoming a part of the natural landscape, and seeming as if it is at one with nature.

What we like

  • Self-sustaining and sustainable
  • Climate-smart

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

4. Oasis Towers

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV designed the Oasis Towers development in Nanjing, China. Functioning as a residential and commercial complex, the structure comprises of two L-shaped skyscrapers with intriguing cascading terraces. The facades of the skyscrapers mimic cliffs, giving them a rather jagged and geometrically interesting appearance.

Why is it noteworthy?

The most interesting highlight of the towers is the lush green ‘oasis’ situated at the center of the site. This green landscape slowly moves outwards, and harmoniously integrates with the cascading terraces. It functions as the biophilic element of the architectural structure, and a rather imposing one too. “With Oasis Towers we wanted to push this trend to the max – not only emulating nature with curving, stratified ‘cliffs’ but also to literally incorporate nature into the design with the greenery and by tapping into natural processes,” said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas.

What we like

  • The terraces are clad with recycled bamboo and are covered in trees and other greenery
  • The green space ensures privacy for the residents staying on the upper levels

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

5. The Slope House

3D visualizer and international architect Milad Eshtiyaghi is known for his enchanting architectural creations, that you always wish to see in real life! Some of them are concepts, while some of them manage to transform into something tangible. The Slope House is one of his untraditional creations that perfectly embodies biophilic design on the inside and the outside. The home is an A-frame cabin, but a rather unconventional one. It’s an angular timber cabin that finds itself located on top of an idyllic hillside, somewhere in the depths of the Brazillian rainforests.

Why is it noteworthy?

Called the Slope House, the timber cabin maintains a signature triangular frame that’s a thoughtful twist on the conventional A-frame cabin. The home has been equipped with two modules – one is an internal structure that houses the primary bedroom, while the other holds all the main living spaces – the kitchen, the dining area, and the den. The tiny cabin from Eshtiyaghi is envisioned propped atop a truss system that was specifically chosen to minimize the home’s impact on the preexisting landscape.

What we like

  • The home is a rather unconventional and fun twist on the traditional A-frame cabin
  • Natural plants have been added inside the house as a small garden

What we dislike

  • The theme and form of the home may be a bit too eccentric for some

6. The Melt House

The Melt House was built at the request of a young family that wanted to “feel green” in the home they were staying in. It was designed by Satoshi Saito of SAI Architectural Design Office and was meant to be a home that not only feels and looks green, but is truly green in its essence, and allows the family to actively use the external space, and grow together with the green.

Why is it noteworthy?

The main attraction of this home is its centerpiece – which is basically a dry garden that acts as a multifunctional room right in the middle of the house. The double-height space almost resembles a courtyard, connecting the two main structures that comprise the home. Clerestory windows have been interwoven through the space allowing for a generous amount of sunlight to stream in while sliding doors separate it from the outside. This creates an interesting indoor/outdoor connection.

What we like

  • It features an impressive dry garden that also doubles up as a multifunctional room
  • The home allows its residents to grow with the green

What we dislike

  • A garden in the middle of the home can be difficult to maintain and tend to

7. The Raintree House

The Raintree House is a beautiful modern sanctuary that boasts stunning views of the ocean, as well as the exotic jungle surroundings. It is located in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and it was designed to ensure that it “felt like it had always been there”.

Why is it noteworthy?

The home aims to be a fine specimen of sustainable architecture and merges seamlessly with its surroundings. The project was led by the studio’s design principal Benjamin G Saxe. It is heavily inspired by the tall trees that are positioned around it, as well as the tangled foliage and raised canopy situated close to it.

What we like

  • Causes minimum damage to the surroundings of the home
  • Sustainable + eco-friendly

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

8. Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex

Five imposing sustainable green towers were designed together to create the Easyhome Huanggang Vertical Forest City Complex. This complex was built in an effort to mitigate the effects of urbanization, and to fight for the environmental survival and preservation of our cities. This is extremely critical since our cities are becoming more and more populated by the day, and it is imperative to focus on sustainable and biophilic architecture in these current times.

Why is it noteworthy?

Designed to be “a completely innovative green space for the city”, the forest city complex is a form of biophilic architecture that incorporates growing and teeming greenery into the structure and essence of residential buildings.

What we like

  • 404 different trees fill out the layout of Easyhome, absorbing 22 tons of carbon dioxide and producing 11 tons of oxygen over the span of a year
  • Increases biodiversity by attracting new bird and insect species

What we dislike

  • No complaints!

9. The Wall House

Designed by CTA, the Wall House is a multi-generational family home located in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. The home is marked by hole-punctured bricks that are designed to bring air and sunlight into the home. These perforated square bricks aid in creating a living space that feels open, free-flowing, and airy – which were the requirements of the clients.

Why is it noteworthy?

To create an expansive indoor and outdoor connection, a small garden was created around the periphery of the home. This was done by planting trees, and leafy green plants throughout the home, in turn adding a beautiful biophilic element to the home. The presence of the trees and plants makes you feel as if you’re standing in a garden, rather than at someone’s home!

What we like

  • Generous amounts of light and air stream into the home, which improves the air quality

What we dislike

  • The aesthetics of the home may not be universally liked

10. Hugging House

This modern eco-home architecture concept is called the Hugging House, and it features a beautiful garden roof while managing to incorporate the natural landscape of the site into its layout. Designed by Veliz Arquitecto, the Hugging House is still a concept, but one we would love to see come to life.
Hugging House is a modern eco-home architecture concept that features a garden roof and incorporates the natural landscape of the land into its layout.

Why is it noteworthy?

If built, the Hugging House’s location would be fully incorporated into the layout of the home. Describing the design in his own words, Veliz Arquitectos notes, “We have taken advantage of the slopes of the land in order to create visual connections at different heights with the existing vegetation and beyond the landscape, as well as [used] the premises with which we always try to characterize the project.”

What we like

  • Features a garden roof
  • An intriguing floating staircase

What we dislike

  • It’s still a concept!

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This conceptual micro-cabin revolves on a rotating display unveiling three ‘scenes’ or rooms of a home

Designed as a proposal for Buildner’s 2023 MicroHome Competition Edition, the ‘3 Scenes of Homes’, is a conceptual design by Studio Supra-Simplicities. It is a micro-cabin positioned on a rapidly rotating display, which allows it to integrate and switch between three different ‘scenes’ of living, or rooms. The cabin spins around rather theatrically, completely redefining what a conventional cabin or home can be!

Designer: Studio Supra-Simplicities

The micro cabin seamlessly integrates three spaces – for sleeping, dining, and washing. It rotates swiftly, utilizing the theatrical function of a stage, to bring the bedroom, dining area, and washroom into the limelight turn by turn. The structure, in turn, occupies a minimum footprint, eliminating the need for unnecessary circulation spaces, and providing the space with a flexible style of living. It covers only a small amount of space on the site and recycles rainwater for daily usage via its rooftop harvesting system. This reduces the external impact of the home.

All three rooms are perfectly encapsulated in a wooden cylindrical volume. The volume has been imparted with a revolving-stage mechanism, which enables the scenes to integrate with one another while maintaining a level of distinction. The rooms rotate and shift into one another, much like a theatrical scene-changing system. This completely eradicates the need for any unnecessary and additional spaces, such as corridors, lobbies, and other areas between rooms. It creates a home that is dynamic, flexible, and theatrical, unlike any other home we’ve probably ever seen.

A shoebox-like volume at the entrance of the home separates the entire cabin into two sections – Front of House, and Back of House. The Front of House is an open space with natural light streaming into it, while the Back of House sits hidden in the dark. When a room or scene is rotated to the front, then it can be used, otherwise, it is unusable when it is positioned in the Back of House. This is quite similar to the way a theater stage is used.

A rainwater harvesting system has been installed on top of the rotating micro-cabin. This collects, stores, and provides water to the residents for their daily use. The system is supported by gravity and comprises of a rainwater collection tank, a vortex filter, and drainage pipes that filter out toxic and harmful particles. The clean water is then converted into drinking water using reverse-osmosis apparatus, creating a water supply for the various rooms. Ultimately, all the wastewater flows into a centralized collection of sewage pipes, which further leads to a subterranean septic tank where it is stored and treated.

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This sunlight-mimicking lamp harvests solar energy by day to light up your home at night

Dutch lighting brand Sunne partnered up with designer Marjan van Aubel to create their first product – a self-powered solar light that harvests by energy day to light up your home at night. Called, the Sunne light, the sunlight-mimicking lamp gathers solar energy and is in turn exclusively powered by it. It aims to bring the power of the sun into your home!

Designer: Sunne x Marjan van Aubel

“The sun is an unlimited free source of energy and is key to fighting our climate crisis,” said designer Marjan van Aubel. “By embedding solar technology, like Sunne, into our everyday lives, together we can accelerate the transition to a solar-powered future.”

The Sunne light has been equipped with photovoltaic cells and is meant to be hung in front of a window. The suspended lighting fixture collects solar energy through the entirety of the day, and at night it utilizes this energy to illuminate your home. It features an integrated battery that stores the solar energy it collects and hence eliminates any reliance on an external or additional power source. The lamp heavily draws inspiration from a horizon, and was in fact designed to look like one! It is 85 centimeters long and features a landscape-oriented panel that is supported by two wires, enabling the lamp to remain suspended in the air.

Sunne has a companion smartphone app, which allows you to control and operate the lamp better. The lamp comes in three modes – Sunne Rise, Sunne Light, and Sunne Set. You can easily switch between these modes using the smartphone app. The modes basically mimic light from three different times of the day, so you can replicate the sun when it’s rising, shining, and setting.

The Sunne lamp is made to order, which means only once an order has been placed, do the brand’s in-house technicians begin to assemble the product for you. This eliminates the issue of mass overproduction or wastage during the production process. Custom-designed components that are sustainable, efficient, and designed to be easily disassembled are utilized to create Sunne. This ensures that the lighting fixture will last a lifetime, and will never uselessly go to waste!

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