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Recent advances in technologies and home-generated renewable energy have made building away from urban and rural infrastructures more practical and affordable than ever. This survey of the world's most innovative off-grid homes reveals the cuttingedge architecture and technology that is enabling us to escape to some of the most extraordinary natural environments on the planet. All of the houses featured in this book are fully, or almost fully, self-sufficient in terms of energy, water and, in some cases, food. Architecture and interior design expert Dominic Bradbury reveals how each architect has made everyday living in these wild and natural settings a rewarding and tempting reality. From snowbound cabins in the far Northern Hemisphere to coastal retreats that can only be accessed by boat, the diverse projects collected here show the innovative ways in which architects and their clients are tackling extreme climates, remoteness and construction challenges to enable a new way of life that is both liberating and sustainable. The imperative to reduce our carbon footprints and refocus on renewable sources of energy is having a profound impact on our domestic lives. This fascinating survey demonstrates that creative architecture, design and technology are redefining the possibilities for leading a truly rewarding and responsible lifestyle.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780500021422
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 21 Feb 2019
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 29(H) x 23(L)
Weight (gm): 1760

 

Reviews

'Stunning ... [an] inspirational overview' - Actual Size
'Inspiring ... If you're interested in going down the alternative living route, this is your handbook' - Wallpaper*
'A visual survey of eco-friendly architecture and a handbook on materials, technologies and plans' - BBC Culture
'A sense of escapism runs through Off the Grid' - Aesthetica
'The key here is a desire to be as close to nature as possible, while still enjoying some seriously stylish architecture and interiors ... this is a book about escapism, which we can vicariously enjoy via the printed page' - Elephant
'Cutting edge in both their architecture and their technology, almost every house featured is also self-sufficient in terms of energy and water' - House & Garden
'This international selection - ranging from Thoreauvian writer's cabins to two-storey barns with acres of glazing - offers bracing independence from utilities and the chance of a digital detox' - World of Interiors

 

Author Biography

Dominic Bradbury is a journalist and writer specializing in architecture and design. He is the author of many books on the subject, including Mountain Modern, New Brazilian House, Vertical Living, Mid Century Modern Complete, The Iconic Interior, Mediterranean Modern, New Natural Home and The Iconic House, all published by Thames & Hudson.
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