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10 Climate-Sensitive Contemporary Homes That Beat Seattle's Rainy Season

10 Climate-Sensitive Contemporary Homes That Beat Seattle's Rainy Season | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On average, Seattle experiences 150 days of rain and 201 cloudy days per year, even though other cities like New York, Boston, and D.C. average more overall rainfall each year.

Indeed, the city's Pacific Northwestern climate has influenced nearly all aspects of Seattle's culture—including its robust architectural heritage. While many historic structures in Seattle derive from the Queen Anne style (including an entire neighborhood named after it), more recently the city has evolved into a hub for high-performing sustainable architecture that takes its climate into special consideration...

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ParadigmGallery's comment, January 12, 2014 3:03 PM
some pretty sweet homes in this post!
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Codina House

Codina House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The house is situated on a flat land of 1500 square meters in a residential area within the city of Mendoza, Argentina.

A typical continental climatic zone, with large weather amplitudes between stations where natural breeze comes mostly from the South.

The project is an opportunity to rethink the suburban houses facilities in emerging environments in contemporary Latin American urban spaces, trying to understand the space as a stimulator, suggesting sensitive geometries that optimize weather conditions and operate from green conscience...

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Tasmanian Beach House: Sustainable shipping container-style architecture

Tasmanian Beach House: Sustainable shipping container-style architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Dutch owners of this beach house in Tasmania asked their architect Daniel Haskell of Haskell Architects to design a functional, efficient and inexpensive shack that was sustainable and maximised the views and environment. It also needed to be durable for extended periods while the owners were back at their base in the Netherlands. Ideally the building would appear as thought it could be picked up and removed without a trace.
In the words of architect Daniel Haskell, "The building is elevated above the sloping ground by slender steel posts and touches the ground lightly at the entrance. Externally, the building is a simple rectangular form, reminiscent of a shipping container, and clad with a simple palette of inexpensive & durable materials. The main exterior cladding was Zincalume corrugated steel primarily for economy, durability and low maintenance, with patches of cedar cladding to help visually break up the facades. The windows facing the sea are made of aluminium to provide maximum weather protection."

Internally, large windows provide expansive views to the “Bay of Fires” and the bushland behind the house. The remote location influenced the materials to those readily available locally or otherwise easily transported to site. European fixtures and fittings add some luxury touches. When the owners pack up and return home, they do so safe in the knowledge that the beach house will look after itself until their return...

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The New Dali Museum: Sustainable, Beautiful & Designed to Withstand the Elements

The New Dali Museum: Sustainable, Beautiful & Designed to Withstand the Elements | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Visitors have always traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida to experience the Dali Museum since it opened in 1980. In January of this year, 2011, the New Dali Museum opened and is receiving an exceptional response.
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