Best of Design Awards
Best of Design Awards
An Earth-Friendly African Retreat That's Actually Made From Earth
From clay bricks to the naturally filtered pool, the Khamsa House in Senegal is literally green from the ground up.
A French architecture firm carves out an earthen shroud for the modern extension of a home located in the foothills of the...
Rammed Earth Walls Tie This Eco-Friendly Home to the Desert
Spanning a desert wash, a modern residence in Arizona embraces its natural surroundings with minimal impact.
This Japanese Home Has a Sunken Interior That Blends Into the Earth
The Pit House in Japan has smooth, rounded walls and a subterranean kitchen and living area.
A Sustainable Rammed Earth Home in New Mexico
Studio eM Design’s rammed-earth home in Corrales, New Mexico, updates the regional adobe archetype into a hallmark of sustainable...
Top 4 Homes of the Week That Celebrate Earth Tones
Black, white, gray, and beige.
Eco-Friendly Safari Lodge in Africa's Okavango Delta
In the midst of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, surrounded by wild palms, fig trees, and African wildlife, is the luxurious yet...
The Good Earth
As the war-torn city of Kabul, Afghanistan, is transformed into a maze of blast walls, military checkpoints, and foreign bases,...
Ever Wanted to Stay in a Cave That’s Actually Pretty Modern Inside?
Homes built under the earth or into the sides of mountains have been a part of our culture since the prehistoric days.
This Modern Stone Cabin Looks Like It Belongs in Middle-Earth
Actually located in Wyoming, the dwelling is spectacularly attuned to its surroundings.
The PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea Debuts the Darkest Building on Earth
London-based architect Asif Khan reveals his latest project at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
A Hotelier Realizes a Modern Barn For His Family’s Retreat in South Africa
In the Elgin Valley, a simple rural form by Scott + Partners sets the foundation for an indoor/outdoor getaway.
Down-to-Earth Design Online
I recently happened upon the website of Pedlars, a family-run design shop based in rural Scotland.
Earth Sheltered Homes
Homes built underground (aka Earth Sheltered Homes) are starting to look pretty enticing, what with the state of the economy and...
A Shipping Container Home in Australia Made With Eco-Friendly Materials
With the South Coast of Australia as its backdrop, this thoughtfully constructed home’s foundation consists of four shipping...
A Rammed Earth Home Rises on a Breathtaking Site in New Zealand’s Southern Alps
The use of rammed earth ties the home of a vintner to the terroir.
Who Knew a Relaxing Tropical Retreat Could Be Made of Shipping Containers?
This modern residence and gallery near San Jose, Costa Rica uses metal boxes like puzzle pieces to create a photographer's dream...
Two Rammed-Earth Buildings Host a Sustainable Live/Work Space For a Colorado Artist
Serving as an art studio/residence for artist Rebecca DiDomenico, Swoon Art House has been built from 100-percent renewable...
See How This Colorful Hong Kong Apartment Was Made to Feel Bigger Than it Actually Is
In Hong Kong's Happy Valley—where land is scarce and living spaces are usually pretty small—multi-disciplinary design practice...
A Minimalist Retreat at the Edge of South Africa's Karoo Desert
Using local materials and building methods, a London-based firm crafts a serene home in South Africa.