25 Eco-Friendly Houses Made With Natural Materials

Stone House

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Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina this house has a very interesting exterior that incorporates only natural materials like stone and wood and consists of bearing walls and steel columns that allow greater openness to the garden.

The load-bearing walls are made in stone, providing greater insulation and waterproof. The house is oriented north to catch beautiful lake views with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Eco Ranch

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This rustic yet refined modern ranch house designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects is the crowning glory of a vast, 8,000-sq.-ft. plateau.

Three separate structures combine to form a perfect haven in these pastoral surroundings, each boasting a rural charm that’s as welcoming as it is beautiful.

At the request of the client, modest living spaces bring home that sense of coziness that really enriched this ranch design. But beyond this, smaller room sizes also serve to minimize energy consumption. Outside and in, the house is finished in rich, natural woods.

Stylish Apartments

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Modern, stylish eco apartments that also get a lot of sun.

Torres House

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The pristine beauty of the Sierra Madre Mountains is the home of the Torres House by GLR Arquitectos/ Gilberto L. Rodriguez.

The 5,942 sq ft contemporary house doesn’t contrast with the surroundings, not at all – lots of natural materials (marble, wood and volcanic stone) have been used and the garden is in fact a small oak forest.

Designed to maximize the outdoor feel, the Torres house provides lavish views of the outside space from almost every corner of the home.

Eliphante

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This bizarre sculptural home is perhaps the best (and most extreme) example of Slow Design. Located in Cornville, Arizona, Eliphante was created with found materials over a period of 28 years by the artist Michael Kahn and his wife Leda Livant.

Named for it’s entrance (above) Eliphante and neighboring “buildings” are stretched along three acres of land.

Made of driftwood and cast-off building supplies, the “Hippodome” is the large dome that Ms. Livant resides in. There is a piano, heat, electricty and water but the buildings are without a bathroom or toilet.

Home in Sun City, Latvia

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A Latvian billionaire created a housing development in C─ôsis, Latvia, where he purchased over 3000 hectares of wild forest, a terrain rich in hills and water.

The resulting residential community is comprised of three-story houses that are made of environmentally friendly materials constructed with the topography.

The design of the houses makes the windows of each house not visible to other houses, and each design is unique. Near each of the 300 homes is a small lake and forest, all of it included in cost of land.

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The houses are equipped with central sewer that is laid under the roots of pine and fir trees, high-speed Internet, and electricity.

The homes use geothermal heat pumps that convert the warmth of the earth into heat for the house; the geothermal wells have boreholes 90-100m deep, and the amount of heat produced is enough to heat the house and water all year round.

Wood heat is provided as a backup for severe winter, with fireplaces in every home.

Bamboo Home

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Japanese style home, made from bamboo.

Natural home

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What it lacks in style, makes up for with being built from 100% natural materials.

Chongwe River House

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Chongwe River House on the Chongwe River in Zambia is a uniquely designed Safari house providing luxury accomodation for up to eight guests.

Constructed from locally sourced natural materials that define the lines of the rooms. Curved corridors give privacy without the need for doors

Eco farm

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An eco farm at the top of a hill.

Beautiful house

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Eco housing in a beautiful location.

Swedish house

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Completely natural house, Sweden.

House of the Rising Sun

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Star of C4’s Grand Designs.

Secret home

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This eco home is hidden away in the hillside.

Earthship

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Built in the 70’s and handmade, using soil, car tires, glass bottles and cans.

Hillside home

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This modern home can hardly be seen by the public.

Disguised by nature

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Believe it or not, this really is a house!

Pembrokeshire house

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The inspiration behind developing this wonderful eco friendly home, came from Rachel Shiamhs desire for a new way of life, to strive to learn from the land and surrounding natural environment.

To be able to step back in time and rediscover a way of life that advocates the harmony of sustainable living that exists side by side nature.

Eco fairytale

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Simon and Jasmine Saville have built a very unusual eco-house in Wales. This is not your transportable home but one built right into the land. Very different and not your run of the mill home.

Simon and his wife Jasmine had the offer to use this land if they built an eco-friendly house and were were offerd 2,000 pounds to help construct it. Simon with the help of Jasmine’s father built the home in four months.

eco-PERCH

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The eco-PERCH has been developed to meet the demands of the eco-tourism sector for an attractive, affordable and sustainable high quality accommodation unit.

This versatile unit sleeps 4 people and has been designed to comply with the UK Caravan & Mobile Homes Act. Not only does this mean the building may be zero rated for VAT but it also simplifies the planning requirements.

The building can be delivered, assembled and commissioned in a matter of days. The eco-PERCH design is flexible and can be adapted to suit your site where existing infrastructure is already in place.

With options to assemble your building on the ground or above the ground there are infinite possibilities for creating accommodation with a difference.

Wooden masterpiece

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On Great Barrier Island, off the northern coast of New Zealand, surrounded by a remarkable natural landscape and by Puriri trees, Blackwoods and other natives, sits the newly built and aptly named Great Barrier Island House.

The work of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, the family house is elevated to protect against flooding, and is built of timber from South Pacific Timber, a sustainable logging company.

Contemporary but natural

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This stunning house not only looks great but is extremely environmentally friendly.

Environmentally friendly and unique

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This unusual and impressive looking residence was designed by architects from 24H > architecture and is located in Leyden, The Netherlands.

The house was inspired by the canyon which flows through the house. It looks very interesting outside because of the original architecture detail. The canyon allows the daylight to enter the building and to get to the lower levels.

In some places it become transparent, in others it provides the inhabitants with the necessary privacy. No other walls are placed because the canyon is present in every room dividing it into different spaces. The dwelling looks rather playful and creative, doesn’t it?