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B House in Shimasaki by Anderson Anderson Architecture

B House in Shimasaki by Anderson Anderson Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This hillside cabin in Japan by Anderson Anderson Architecture generates energy using photovoltaic panels and a ground-sourced heat pump.


Despite being surrounded by electricity pylons, this cabin by San Francisco firm generates all its own energy and heating using photovoltaic panels and a ground-sourced heat pump. Named B-House, the single-storey building is positioned on a slope overlooking Kumamoto.

The house was built on a tight budget and sustainability was key to the design. “The extremely modest budget required a close collaboration of the architects and builder to achieve a high quality, off-site fabricated timber frame construction meeting high sustainability standards,” explain the architects.


Read more about the sustainable features of this unique contemporary home and view more images at the article link...

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Operation Desert Shed

Operation Desert Shed | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architect Lloyd Russell’s design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy, region-appropriate home.
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Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne

Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Base Camp Chewton Residence is a project developed by Melbourne-based studio Insite Design and is located in central Victoria, Australia on a site defined by rolling hills, eucalyptus forests and rocky outcrops.

 

 The elongated shape of the compact, multi-functional home maximizes solar control and is just one in a series of environmental ideas applied to this residence. According to the architects,”The interior incorporates large wide views of nature, as well as close up landscape porthole punctuations in solid walls. These frames provide particular views of the landscape in time, allowing occupants to consciously experience the bush at different moments of day, season or weather condition. It is a space to hear the rain on roof, birds in trees, and to see stars at night”.

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Eco-Sustainable House by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Eco-Sustainable House by Djuric Tardio Architectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The new project proposes a design process and construction system allowing for prefabrication and modular design...

Completely built in wood panels placed on a pedestal, the house is prefabricated in a workshop and delivered to the site to be assembled in just two weeks. The pre-cut Finnish wood panels come from sustainably managed cooperatives of small private forest owners, and they arrived at the site almost finished, reducing pollution to a minimum (as the site is located in a dense suburb).

The double-glazed windows of the patios and South façades, deliberately oversized,  capture the sun in winter and are sheltered in summer. This allows, together with their performance and surface, control of the solar gain and air flow without the intensive use of air conditioning or heating.

The recovery of rainwater can water the garden and planters allow homeowners to cultivate aromatic plants and garden without water over-consumption.

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The Allen Residence

The Allen Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Allen residence in Fayetteville, Arkansas, designed by Skiles Architect, is a two bedroom residence with carport and workshop on a small infill lot that incorporates environmentally aware construction methods, materials and passive solar design...

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Barndominium: A Re-imagined Typology

Barndominium: A Re-imagined Typology | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Barndominium is a small living area and workshop that functions as a weekend retreat on the outskirts of its nearby busy metropolis. Paying reverence to the Texas vernacular style, this project is a cross between the shotgun house and barn typology. As a 1 bedroom/1.5 bath with a joining workshop, the program also promotes a classic live-work lifestyle.

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FIS-SST Office building by Zalewski Architecture Group

FIS-SST Office building by Zalewski Architecture Group | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

FIS-SST company's rapid growth forced the need to build a new headquarters. A small building intended for about 60 employees and realized with a very limited budget was designed as a company headquarters taking into consideration fulfillment of its present and future needs.

In the building the ‘low–tech’ building materials tendency was contrasted with specialist solutions aimed at improving work efficiency. Despite the low budget of the investment really good solutions were achieved regarding the functionality and arrangement of space in the building. Limited costs were treated as an inspiration for searching methods and means that can provide at the same time comfort of work and use, high aesthetics and original and good quality design.

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Volumes Shaping a Linear Floor Plan: Alnwick Road House

Volumes Shaping a Linear Floor Plan: Alnwick Road House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on Alnwick Road in Singapore, this residence borrowed its name from the location – the Alnwick Road House, by architect team Park + Associates. They constructed the 4,628 square foot residence as a linear floor plan, allowing light and cross-ventilation to penetrate deep into the living spaces and adjust the brightness and temperature. Boxed functions were arranged to shape a larger volume that shelters all the spaces necessary for a comfortable, modern living style. The beautiful mixture of materials – black-powder-coated aluminum and black mild-steel casting – shape an elegant, contemporary architecture, while the extensive use of glass helps flood the interiors with natural light and offers views of the surroundings.

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An Architect Applies Simple Solutions to a Green House

An Architect Applies Simple Solutions to a Green House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Low-tech sustainable solutions help a St. Peters, Minn., home achieve LEED Gold.

Architect Sarah Nettleton, AIA, LEED AP, believes in the simple approach to life and to solving problems. In her view, whiz-bang technology is no substitute for common-sense techniques that promote energy efficiency. This is why the principal of Sarah Nettleton Architects first explores tried-and-true sustainable solutions that often are free but always effective. “Simple can be sustainable,” she says.

Nettleton applied this line of thinking as her firm designed this LEED Gold custom home overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in St. Peter.

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Lakeside Retreat | Peter Gluck and Partners

Lakeside Retreat | Peter Gluck and Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architect Peter Gluck and his architect-led design build firm ARCS have created a sustainable family compound in the Adirondacks using concrete geometrical forms buried into the earth.

Conceptually and programmatically, the two buried buildings—a family house and a recreation building with an interior courtyard, amphitheater, gallery, and indoor pool—are essential pieces of a compound on a steeply sloped 21-acre site. The entire grouping, with two guest houses and abundant walking trails, and culminating in a 2,200-square-foot boathouse and dock, fulfills the same purpose as the nearby Adirondack great camps that cropped up in the mid- to late 19th century.

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Minimum House / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten

Minimum House / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The minimumhouse at Mellensee, situated to the south of Berlin, is a prototype for a serial holiday and residentialhouse. Under the label minimumhouse it is offered including all furniture and fittings. The concept was developed by the ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields for the building.

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Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility

Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A local firm reimagines the traditional barn aesthetic for a new farm facility in Kentucky. A local firm reimagines the traditional barn aesthetic for a new farm facility in Kentucky.
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