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Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture

Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

San Francisco-based Feldman Architecture have designed the Caterpillar House.


The design for the Caterpillar House, sited on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, sought to accentuate a connection to the land.  Having lived in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses and looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site.

The Caterpillar House implements sustainable elements while exploring a contemporary version of the ranch ideals: massing that is low and horizontal, an open plan with a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and main living areas which center informally on the kitchen...

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Tiltpanel House by Irving Smith Jack Architects

Tiltpanel House by Irving Smith Jack Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Tiltpanel House is a durable, cost efficient and thermally sustainable house in Nelson, New Zealand, bordered by a forest reserve and overlooking Tasman Bay.

It was developed using a commercial approach to fabricating buildings with preformed insulated concrete panels. The industrial structure was then domesticated with applied layering of texture and light to soften and warm as a family home...

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Mecano House / Juan Robles

Mecano House / Juan Robles | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Casa Mecano function as an organism composed by a structure, skin and a mechanism that adapts the its environment. The project maximize the use of passive design strategies through biocli matic architecture in sinergy with the integration of a Building Management System that operate the glazingvents in order to achieve the thermal comfort levels, adequate for the tropical environment.

At the same time, the team designed a manual system that allows the client to change the in clination of a sail, with the goal of controlling the direct sunlight projected inside the house. The project maximize function in the smallests pace possible, reducing the footprint and allowing the minimum use of construction materials...

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Dihedral House: A sustainable home in Boulder, Colorado

Dihedral House: A sustainable home in Boulder, Colorado | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This modern urban house features an all glass living room and site-cast, board-formed concrete walls that moor the building to its site and provide thermal mass to control temperature swings.

The house is organized around crossing dihedral lines that create the interior volumes. The building was delivered using a fast-track, design-build process... Learn more at the article link.

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Efficiency and Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

Efficiency and Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new visitors center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (opening in a mere six weeks!). Luckily, magnolias and cherry trees were already in bloom and a bright sun illuminated the mostly-transparent structure. The deceptively modest structure is nestled into a hill on the northeast corner of the site, so 50 percent of its envelope benefits from thermal efficiency. And like any ground-up civil structure worth its salt, it's sustainable, with a geoexchange system comprised of 28 heating and cooling wells, radiant floor heating, and landscaping made of postconsumer recycled building materials...

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