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Top 100 Eco Architecture Trends in 2018

From Single-Storey Bamboo Homes to Fast Sustainable Houses

— January 27, 2019 — Eco
The top 2018 eco architecture ideas offer a look into the future of sustainable design with a focus on innovations like 3D printing, the practicality of modular architecture and the prevalence of the tiny home movement.

As consumers and companies alike become more aware of their individual impact on the environment, they are turning to ultra-efficient, small-space designs that prioritize sustainable or repurposed materials. Additionally, site-specific designs are emerging to make the most of the natural features of a location for cost- and energy-reducing benefits, as well as a greater sense of overall harmony.

As 3D printing becomes more reliable for creating fast, large-scale structures, the construction industry is adopting additive manufacturing to make stunning, sustainable designs that go beyond what traditional building materials and processes permit.

For a list of even more eco architecture trends, check out Trend Hunter's 2019 Trend Report.
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Eco-Conscious Cemetery Proposals
Eco-Conscious Cemetery Proposals
Sam Coulton Boasts a Design-Forward Alternative to Cremation
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98
Chic Greenery-Sheathed Hotels
Chic Greenery-Sheathed Hotels
This Vietnamese Hotel Will Be Covered In Lush Vegetation
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97
Conceptualized Panda Reserve Plans
Conceptualized Panda Reserve Plans
Sasaki's Design Takes into Consideration the Animal & the City
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96
Re-Imagined Urban Sugar Factories
Re-Imagined Urban Sugar Factories
Brooklyn's Old Domino Sugar Factory is Becoming a Public Park
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95
Tide-Harnessing Hotels
Tide-Harnessing Hotels
This Sustainable Hotel Will Use Water Turbines to Generate Electricity
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94
Sustainable Indian City Proposals
Sustainable Indian City Proposals
Foster + Partners is Planning Andhra Pradesh's New Capital
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93
Stacked Cubed Learning Centers
Stacked Cubed Learning Centers
Sou Fujimoto Showed Off a Cubic Structure for a University Facility
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92
Repurposed Mill Hostels
Repurposed Mill Hostels
Vector Studio Creatively Repurposed an Old Sugar Cane Mill in China
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91
Extreme Weather Homes
Extreme Weather Homes
SURVIV(AL) House is a Solar-Powered and Resilient Structure
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90
Extended Modern Cottages
Extended Modern Cottages
Nick Deaver Architects Reinforce This Structure with Metal and Glass
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89
Rocky Nature Reserve Offices
Rocky Nature Reserve Offices
Rink Tilanus Boasts a Concrete Office Design in the Netherlands
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88
Fully Sustainable Wineries
Fully Sustainable Wineries
The Silver Oak Winery Embraces Modern Design and Ecological Production
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87
Mountainous Eco-Resorts
Mountainous Eco-Resorts
This Massive Vietnamese Resort Respects the Local Ecosystem
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86
Plastic Five-Ton Whale Sculptures
Plastic Five-Ton Whale Sculptures
STUDIOKCA Embarks on an Ambitious Project with Ocean Plastic
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85
Conference-Housing Plant Domes
Conference-Housing Plant Domes
Peter Veenstra Visualizes Plans for a Vegetation-Encompassing Dome
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84
Panoramic Birdwatching Landscapes
Panoramic Birdwatching Landscapes
Herdla Tower is a Modern Wooden Birdwatching Destination
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83
Architectural Flood-Protection Projects
Architectural Flood-Protection Projects
SCAPE Produces Concepts to Address Rising Sea Levels
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82
Eco-Friendly Private Island Resorts
Eco-Friendly Private Island Resorts
Soneva Fushi is a Luxe Resort that Aims to Save the Maldives
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81
Solar-Heated Igloos
Solar-Heated Igloos
Montreal's Igloofest Featured Temporary Winter Home 'Celcius'
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80
Environment-Accommodating Skyscrapers
Environment-Accommodating Skyscrapers
The Symbiotic Towers are Designed for the Dubai Landscape
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79
Solar-Powered Tiny Homes
Solar-Powered Tiny Homes
This Tiny Dwelling Uses a Solar Array to Charge Its Electronic Amenities
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78
Tree-Growing Roof Structures
Tree-Growing Roof Structures
Vo Trong Nghia Architects Created a Nature-Inspired Structure
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77
Energy-Harvesting Compact Wind Turbines
Energy-Harvesting Compact Wind Turbines
Lancaster University Students' Design is City-Friendly
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76
Pint-Sized Trailer Dwellings
Pint-Sized Trailer Dwellings
This Tiny Trailer Home Befits an on-the-Go Outdoorsy Lifestyle
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75
Sustainable Countryside Houses
Sustainable Countryside Houses
Miró Rivera Architects Builds a Curiously Shaped & Modern Abode
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74
Sustainable Eco-Tourism Domes
Sustainable Eco-Tourism Domes
The Biodomes Wildlife Conservation Center is in the Al Hajar Range
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73
Smog-Absorbing Tower Grids
Smog-Absorbing Tower Grids
Znera Proposes Filtration Buildings to Battle Pollution in New Delhi
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72
Sustainable Student Housing
Sustainable Student Housing
Pomona College's New Housing is LEED Platinum Certified
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71
Sustainable 3D-Printed Homes
Sustainable 3D-Printed Homes
The First 3D-Printed Concrete Houses Will Appear in the Netherlands
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70
Timber-Built Tiny Classrooms
Timber-Built Tiny Classrooms
The Emerge Cabin was Designed and Built in Three Weeks by Students
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69
Renovated Barn Abodes
Renovated Barn Abodes
mwworks Renovated the Canyon Barn Into a Fully Functioning Home
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68
Refurbished Treehouse Designs
Refurbished Treehouse Designs
This Treehouse in Aspen Was Remade for a Charity Auction
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67
Symmetrical Artistic Studios
Symmetrical Artistic Studios
Casa Ecs Boasts an Extremely Balanced Architectural Design in Italy
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66
Cost-Effective Stacked Homes
Cost-Effective Stacked Homes
BHY Arquitectos Focused on Energy Efficiency for Casa Lucia
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65
Fast Sustainable Houses
Fast Sustainable Houses
This Bamboo Frame for Social Housing Can Be Made in One Week
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64
Eco-Conscious Man-Made Mountains
Eco-Conscious Man-Made Mountains
Angelo Renna's Soil Mountain Proposal Addresses Climate Change
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63
Treed Social Housing Projects
Treed Social Housing Projects
'Trudo Vertical Forest' Has Been Approved in Eindhoven, Holland
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62
Modern Eco-Friendly Neighborhoods
Modern Eco-Friendly Neighborhoods
Fabrica De Arhitectura Creatde an Eco-Friendly Community
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61
Cedar-Clad Tiny Dwellings
Cedar-Clad Tiny Dwellings
This Tiny House Blends Rustic Aesthetic Accents with Modern Amenities
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60
Parasitic House Extensions
Parasitic House Extensions
Malka Architecture Offers a Proposal for Energy Efficiency Improvement
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59
Reimagined Beekeeping Systems
Reimagined Beekeeping Systems
HoneyComb Hives Has a New Smart-Frame System That Aids Bee Movement
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58
Energy-Harvesting Pavilion Concepts
Energy-Harvesting Pavilion Concepts
Brooks + Scarpa Envisions a Structure That Captures Energy
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57
Minimalist Grassy Roofs
Minimalist Grassy Roofs
Studio MK27 Built a House That Mixes Concrete with Vegetation
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56
Towable Tiny Homes
Towable Tiny Homes
The 'Wanderlust' Home Features Wooden Accents and a Shed-Inspired Design
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55
Towable Off-Grid Cabins
Towable Off-Grid Cabins
The 'Vantage' Offers Solar and Propane-Powered Off-Grid Packages
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54
Egg-Shaped Micro Homes
Egg-Shaped Micro Homes
The Ecocapsule Features Off-Grid Technology for Eco-Friendly Dwelling
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53
High Tech Fiber Facades
High Tech Fiber Facades
Morphosis Employs a Fiber Used for Bulletproof Vests & Aircraft Parts
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52
Sundial-Driven Eco-Friendly Installations
Sundial-Driven Eco-Friendly Installations
HUSH's Digital Installations Promote Sustainability
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51
Biodegradable Construction Materials
Biodegradable Construction Materials
'Finite' is Made Out of Desert Sand and is Eco-Friendly
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50
Family Sized Eco Homes
Family Sized Eco Homes
The Whispering Smith 'House A' is Designed with Efficiency in Mind
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49
Roof Garden Building Designs
Roof Garden Building Designs
Penda Conceptualizes a Self-Sufficient Home in Kassel, Germany
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48
Highly Sustainable Hotels
Highly Sustainable Hotels
1 Hotels Teaches Its Guest the Importance of the Natural Environment
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47
Contemporary Nature-Inspired Homes
Contemporary Nature-Inspired Homes
MNIM Designed the Eco Modern Ravine Residence in Iowa
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46
Energy-Neutral Floating Villas
Energy-Neutral Floating Villas
Haarlem Shuffle is Located in the Spaarne River in North Holland
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45
Environmental Disaster Shelters
Environmental Disaster Shelters
this Ecological residence buries itself during hurricane winds
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44
Living 3D-Printed Cabins
Living 3D-Printed Cabins
This Cabin Was Made Using 4,500 Living Plant Tiles
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43
Stacked Affordable Housing Solutions
Stacked Affordable Housing Solutions
Containerwerk Uses Containers for a Cost-Effective Initiative
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42
Abstract Carved Wood Furniture
Abstract Carved Wood Furniture
Jan Hendzel's Furniture is Inspired by Abstract Art and Escapism
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41
Low-Budget Recycled Homes
Low-Budget Recycled Homes
Les Eerkes Created a Unique Two-Storey Recycled Home Project
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40
Off-Grid Modern Rental Houses
Off-Grid Modern Rental Houses
The Catucaba Hideaway Hotel is an Award-Winning Eco Country Home
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39
Prefabricated Flatpack Homes
Prefabricated Flatpack Homes
This Eco-Friendly Brazilian Home Was Assembled In Less Than One Month
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38
Single-Storey Bamboo Homes
Single-Storey Bamboo Homes
Vilela Florez's House is Ultra-Modern with a Distinct Artisan Flair
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37
Traditionally Built Adventure Cabins
Traditionally Built Adventure Cabins
Troll's Peak Cabin Was Built to Withstand the Elements
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36
Recycled Shipping Container Apartments
Recycled Shipping Container Apartments
Drivelines Studios by LOT/EK is Located in Johannesburg
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35
Indoor Modular Wooden Structures
Indoor Modular Wooden Structures
LUO Studio Produces a Design That Answers to Sustainability
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34
Eco-Conscious Modular Hotel Concepts
Eco-Conscious Modular Hotel Concepts
WSP's Building Design is Sleek and Can Be Built On-Site
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33
Sustainable Off-Grid Hawaiian Homes
Sustainable Off-Grid Hawaiian Homes
Lifeedited Create a Energy and Water-Positive Design in Maui
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32
Commercial 3D-Printed Housing Projects
Commercial 3D-Printed Housing Projects
'Project Milestone' Will Be Available Through Vesteda
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31
Alternative Camping Cabins
Alternative Camping Cabins
The Small-Space 'Rolling Huts' are a Modern Camping Alternative
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30
Futuristic Floating Communities
Futuristic Floating Communities
The Wayaland Floating Community is a Modern Housing Alternative
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29
Low-Profile Architectural Homes
Low-Profile Architectural Homes
This Low-Lying Residence Seamlessly Integrates Itself in Nature
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28
Sustainable Ring-Shaped Arctic Hotels
Sustainable Ring-Shaped Arctic Hotels
The Svart Hotel in Norway is Designed to Be Energy-Positive
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27
Upcycled Sports Centers
Upcycled Sports Centers
The Halsskov Water Sports Center Uses Upcycled Goods to Create Fun Spaces
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26
Weathered Steel House Exteriors
Weathered Steel House Exteriors
Faulkner Architects's Design is Shaded by Large Oak Trees
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25
Budget-Friendly Pentagonal Houses
Budget-Friendly Pentagonal Houses
This Tiny Structure by Invisible Studio is Compact and Mobile
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24
3D-Printed Tiny Homes
3D-Printed Tiny Homes
ICON and New Story Built the First 3D-Printed Home in America
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23
Affordable Home-Framing Kits
Affordable Home-Framing Kits
The Avrame A-Frame Kits Make Quick, Cost-Friendly Constructions
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22
Tent-Shaped Hut Rentals
Tent-Shaped Hut Rentals
Luke Stanley Architects & Anthony Hunt Design Collaborate on a Cute Deisgn
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21
Sustainable Hillside Abodes
Sustainable Hillside Abodes
The Off-Grid Guest House Blends into the Beautiful Rolling Landscape
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20
Prefab Pulley-Operated Shelters
Prefab Pulley-Operated Shelters
'Cabin on the Border' is an Eco-Friendly Off-Grid Cabin
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19
Sustainable Camping Domes
Sustainable Camping Domes
Ecocamp by Patagonia is an Eco-Friendly Camping Option in Chile
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18
Proposed Parasitic Architecture Projects
Proposed Parasitic Architecture Projects
SCI-Arc is Proposing an AI-Controlled Park in Los Angeles
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17
Single-Storey Contemporary Rural Homes
Single-Storey Contemporary Rural Homes
kt814 Architecture Produces an Elongated Wooden House
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16
Shipping Container Hotels
Shipping Container Hotels
Studio Edwards Uses a Trio of Containers for Weekend Getaways
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15
Sustainable Off-Grid Tiny Homes
Sustainable Off-Grid Tiny Homes
Gray Organschi Architecture Collaborates with Yale Researchers
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14
Floating Eco-Friendly Hotel Suites
Floating Eco-Friendly Hotel Suites
Atelier LAVIT's Hotel is Situated in Southeastern France
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13
Scaled-Down Farmhouse Homes
Scaled-Down Farmhouse Homes
The Frontier Tiny Homes 'Orchid' is a Mini Version of a Classic Design
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12
Reimagined Retail Spaces
Reimagined Retail Spaces
Retail Design Collective Transform Loft into Hub for Community Engagement
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11
Horticultural High-Rise Towers
Horticultural High-Rise Towers
This Mixed-Use Tower Would Produce Fruits and Vegetables
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10
Zero-Waste Restaurant Barns
Zero-Waste Restaurant Barns
Overtreders W Borrows Construction Materials for This Structure
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9
Low-Cost Start-Up Hubs
Low-Cost Start-Up Hubs
Julius Taminiau & Carl Turner Architects Made a Shipping Container Village
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8
Luxurious Treehouse Galleries
Luxurious Treehouse Galleries
The IK Lab Boats a Luxe and Environmentally Conscious Design
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7
Customizable Tiny Homes
Customizable Tiny Homes
The True Studio Tiny Home Features an Ecological Incinerating Toilet
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6
Interlocking Home Construction Kits
Interlocking Home Construction Kits
Brikawood Uses Eco-Friendly Wooden Bricks to Build Houses
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5
Prefabricated Modular Unit Strings
Prefabricated Modular Unit Strings
James Whitaker's Design is to Accent a Canadian Lakeside Site
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4
Sustainable Barn Retreats
Sustainable Barn Retreats
The Barn Gallery from OEX Club is a Unique and Comfortable Travel Option
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3
Naturally-Inspired Artistic Boutiques
Naturally-Inspired Artistic Boutiques
Zak Ik Boasts a Wonderful, Natural and Immersive Environment
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2
Modular Prefabricated Timber Apartments
Modular Prefabricated Timber Apartments
Bjarke Ingels Group Boasts a Connected & Affordable Design
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1
Off-Grid Luxury Smart Homes
Off-Grid Luxury Smart Homes
This Autonomous Smart Home Runs Solely on Solar Power
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