This secluded modern house located in Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica named Iseami House was designed for ISEAMI institute (Institute of sustainability, ecology, art, mind and investigation). Architecture firm Robles Arquitectos analyzed 10 elements — Site, Climate, Energy, Water, Materials, environment, atmosphere, cost, innovation with the use of passive strategies and the implemented processes. This reduces the impact the house could bring to the natural environment.
This modern house with a spectacular view of Lake Walensee in Switzerland has rooftop photovoltaic panels which generates most of the energy for the home. The house sits on the slope of a green meadow overlooking the lake. The open living areas and large glass windows create a flowing transition between interior and exterior spaces.
This floating house in Archipelago Guaitecas, XI Region, Chile designed by Sabbagh Arquitectos is a floating sanctuary on the sea. The project was commissioned by fishing company Multiexport Foods for the purpose of building a relaxing environment for their employees while they are working in the fjords of the Aisén Region.
This modern residence in Kona, Hawaii designed by Belzberg Architects is situated on a site with views of volcanic mountain ranges to the east and the ocean to the west. Solar panels and rain water collection system help maintain the environmental sensitivity of the house. The different living areas with its own features and views are assigned as a series of pods distributed throughout the property.
MC1 House is a residential project located near Manuel Antonio Park, Quepos in Costa Rica. Designed by Robles Arquitectos, this luxury house was built on a site where it was possible to protect the ecosystem as much as possible. The use of glass lets natural light to filter through, minimizing energy consumption, and allowing the integration or exterior and interior.
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.
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.