Balancing Barn is situated by a small lake in the countryside near Thorington in Suffolk, England. The traditional barn shape modern country house cantilevers over a slope at midpoint. The rigid structure of the house makes it possible for 50% of it to balance in free space. Reflective metal sheeting covers the exterior. The highly ventilated and insulated house is warmed by a ground source heat pump resulting in a highly energy efficient building. The interior theme is dominated by timeless timber and a neutral palette.
This narrow modern house in Jakarta, Indonesia minimizes the use of wall as a partition and deliver maximum open space. The design of this narrow urban house by Chrystalline Architect put the kitchen and living areas all on the main floor despite its narrow space. All three floors of the house are efficiently designed to create open and functional space. Steel structure is used to built the main frame of the house to make it possible to have a clean open space without columns.
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.