Today, builders in Europe and the U.S. alike are revisiting the idea of the sod house by putting green roofs on modern homes. Early settlers appreciated the insulation that sod provides, and it remains an ecologically friendly way to control temperature; the green-roofed house pictured here, from the Dwell story, “Highly Sod After,” saves its owners “about 25 percent per year in climate-energy costs.”
The igloo village at Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland is a modern-day twist on these traditional snow structures. Between December and April, visitors can stay in an igloo of their own; the thermal glass roofs of the igloos pictured allow for late-night viewing of the Northern lights from the comfort of a warm bed. Photo via http://www.kakslauttanen.fi
Recently, the Netherlands has witnessed a resurgence in houseboat popularity. In March 2010, Dwell published the story of a family of four living on a moored houseboat on an Amsterdam canal, and they can attest to the luxury of the lifestyle.
As featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Dwell Magazine, Roger and Mary Downey’s Corrales, New Mexico, home pays homage to the historical use of adobe in the Southwest.