Watershed House is a 100-square-foot writer’s retreat located in Wren, Oregon. Architect Erin Moore of FLOAT Architectural Research and Design built this small studio for her mother who is a noted nature writer. The intention of this retreat is to have a place to observe the surrounding ecology without disturbing it. The sustainable retreat is off the grid with no direct road access. It is constructed from prefabricated recyclable materials that can be easily assembled and disassembled. A chute from the roof is designed to let rainwater trickle down a water trough just outside, creating another element of nature with the sounds of rain.
Nestled in the hills of Mill Valley, California, the Hillside House is a LEED Plantinum certified home with high sustainability designed by SB Architects. Built on a steep hillside site, the modern red cedar house has a vertical design with multi-level living spaces that reduces its footprint. Views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline can be enjoyed from the numerous balconies and outdoor terraces.
Loblolly House on Taylors Island, Maryland is a 2,200-square-foot prefab house composed entirely of fabricated components made off-site. Designed by Kieran Timberlake Associates, this contemporary home named for the tall loblolly pines that characterize its site on the Chesapeake Bay was built in environmentally ethical ways. There is minimal disruption to the ground with the house resting lightly on the site using timber piles as foundations. Architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake believe that the construction process today should be streamlined, so they boldly took on the project which has become a model for componentized prefab houses.
This modern home located in Sausalito, California in the San Francisco Bay Area is situated on a steep slope with panoramic views of Richardson Bay. The house has a simple and unassuming front façade, but once inside the house, light and expansive windows open the interior to the grand environment outside. The home also features a rainwater harvesting system, and along with its use of a combination of light and dark woods, the zen-like simplicity makes for responsible living in a neighbourhood with history and sensitivity to its environment.
This modern family residence in New Delhi, India is designed for three generations of a family. Architecture and design firm Morphogenesis created an energy efficient home that allows air movement and light to flow throughout the house. The lap pool helps with heat absorption on the top terraces. The skylights above the interior garden creates a green sanctuary within the house. Interior spaces are divided into three categories — private domain such as bedrooms and breakfast room, inter-generational spaces such as the kitchen, dinning areas and family room, and public domain where visitors are invited to participate in cultural activities.
This contemporary home designed by Hutchison & Maul Architecture sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington. It has a large lawn and two upper decks with amazing view of the lake. The open concept encourages interaction between the outdoor space and the indoor living area.
The RainShine House is a beautiful contemporary home with green architecture in Decatur, Georgia. An unique butterfly roof with its inverted gable is designed to capture rain water which goes to a rain harvest system in the basement. The roof is also oriented to maximize southern exposure for the roof mounted photovoltaic system. Light shelves around the upper window sills bounce and diffuse light throughout the interior. The water (Rain) and solar (Shine) systems make this house the ultimate sustainable home for modern living.
This residential building in Tel-Aviv, Israel was refurbished with a roof extension and an external elevator added to the existing structure. The additional roof consists of one residential duplex unit. The renovation project by Koniak Architects integrated the new apartment design with the character of the existing building.