Putting a modern townhouse between old buildings in an historic neighbourhood could seem out of place, but this minimalist townhouse in Landskrona, Sweden designed by Elding Oscarson just works. The various heights, size, façade and age of the surrounding buildings enable the modern structure to blend in comfortably in its own unique way.
Located a half block from the beach boardwalk, this modern townhouse in the Alki neighbourhood of Seattle, Washington is designed to capture the vibrant spirit of the area. The roof top decks enjoy views of the Puget Sound, Seattle cityscape and the beach community below. The bamboo floor and fir cabinetry create a beautiful and practical atmosphere.
Architect Susanne Nobis designed this beautiful and tranquil minimalist house by Lake Starnberg, in Berg, Germany near Munich. The residence, which Nobis designed for her own family to live in, is a twin wooden house in the style of a traditional boathouse. The long and narrow house appears transparent due to the floor-to-ceiling large windows.
This sustainable modern home located on Emu Bay on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia has a relaxed design by Max Pritchard Architect that maximizes the views. Timber decks on either side of the living area provide sheltered outdoor living. High performance glass with double glazing and high efficient combustion heating minimizes energy use.
The Taliesin Mod.Fab™ is a 600-square-foot, one-bedroom prototype prefabricated home designed and built by students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This elegant and sustainable home relies on panelized construction to allow for speed and economy on site or in a factory. It can be connected to utilities or be “unplugged”, relying on low-consumption fixtures, rainwater harvesting, greywater re-use, natural ventilation, solar orientation, and photovoltaics to reduce energy and water use.
This sustainable single family residence with detached garage in the Dunbar neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has been awarded LEED for Home Plantinum certification. It is designed for passive solar usage. Ultra high efficiency windows, solar hot water heating and high performance heating cooling system allow the home to operate on low energy consumption.
Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of rural Missouri, Pensmore is on track to claim bragging rights as one of the world’s largest private homes upon its completion in 2013. This chateau-style mansion will have 72,000-square-feet on more than 500 acres of land. Its owner, Steven Huff, chairman of TF Concrete Forming Systems, wants Pensmore to be the first major energy efficient, environmentally sustainable single-family residence of this caliber. The home’s concrete shell is reinforced with “Helix” steel fibers by PolyTorx. The twist-shaped fibers will act as an added guard within the structure against tornadoes and earthquakes.
The simple clean lines of this minimalist bungalow in Gujarat, India keep the residents of the house in touch with the outdoors. The outdoor swimming pool is the central focus of the house which connects intimately with the living spaces.