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The Glass Farmhouse by Olson Kundig Architects

The Glass Farmhouse by Olson Kundig Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

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Located in Northeast Oregon, this small house is conceived as a contemporary glass box that floats atop the surrounding wheat fields. The design of the house and the accompanying wood-frame barn responds to the local vernacular of barns and farmhouses in the Pacific Northwest while responding to the client’s deep interest in the design of Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

Facing south towards the distant mountains, the house adapts well to the cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers. In the winter, the orientation takes advantage of passive solar heat gain from the low-angled winter sun; in the summer, roof overhangs and a light shelf block the high hot summer sun from entering. Large, operable windows of high-efficiency glass provide cross-ventilation cooling, lessening the house’s need for air-conditioning.

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Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability

Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This contemporary farmhouse in Victoria, designed by Doherty Lynch, was a complete rebuild after the original farmhouse was destroyed in a fire. The clients wanted a modern and relaxing holiday home for 4 families, including 17 grandchildren.


Therefore, the design needed to expand and contract to accommodate a fluctuating flow of guests as well as be durable, insulate against noise and be completed within a tight budget.


A layered approach to textured, robust and honest materials called for cabinetry that is a mix of Japanese Sen ash, ‘Moleskin’ by Laminex, and other laminates with exposed ply edges. Walls & ceilings were painted out in Dulux ‘Natural White’ with recessed areas (for electronic equipment) in Dulux ‘Luck.’ Other materials include double-glazed glass, concrete slab, fire-resistant timbers, porcelain tiles and plywood substrates at joinery locations.

Additional sustainable features include passive temperature control from the thermal mass of the concrete slab and low-e glass, while resource-conserving sustainable features include water harvesting, solar power, and energy-efficient windows.


View more images of this beautiful, sustainable and contemporary farmhouse at designhunter.net.

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H House: a modular + contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture

H House: a modular + contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Not far from Budapest, on the fringes of a forest, there stands Tamás Dévényi’s shingle covered new house. The disarmingly simple building creates generous spatial relations on the 1,5 hectare land. The proximity of the bustling city life doesn’t mean that we can not relish the convenience of nature and the separation of a farmhouse. Borrowing its form and use of materials from the Central-European peasant architecture, the building’s modular structure follows contemporary design thinking.


The requirements for a country house have changed a lot during the past hundred years, but using the old Hungarian peasant house’s archetype was a good starting point for the design in a situation where the strict local building regulations tie the architects’ freedom, according to local resources.


Read further to learn how the project team incorporated vernacular typologies to create a contemporary, modular + green farmhouse in a rural context...

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A Modern Farmhouse In Rural Germany

A Modern Farmhouse In Rural Germany | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Set in the picturesque rural landscape of Langenargen, Germany, this modern farmhouse shelters family life surrounded by a blooming orchard.

Designed by k_m architektur, the contemporary structure was built with the surrounding farmstead in mind. Generous overhangs shelter the expansive glazing of this elongated floor plan, covering the east, west and south facade. Interior living spaces are permanently exposed to natural sunlight coming from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Shaded by light curtains, the living room, dining and kitchen share the same space, interacting to create a living area exposed to outdoor panoramas.

A photovoltaic system mounted on the flat roof helps reduce the energy costs, while the heating pipeline in the farm building takes on the rest of the energy demands. Slightly raised from the ground, the house appears to be floating, while the extensive use of wood defines both the interiors and the exteriory. There was no need for a second story, as the main spaces were cleverly compacted to shape the necessary living conditions adorned with modern details...

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, March 10, 2013 5:24 PM

Compare this house to the modern homes being built in the US.

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Self-Sufficient Farmhouse by Studio Moffitt

Self-Sufficient Farmhouse by Studio Moffitt | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This self-sufficient farmhouse residence in Ontario, Canada by Studio Moffitt is entirely off-grid and generates all its own electricity using solar panels on the roof, as well as from passive strategies. Windows are triple-glazed to prevent heat from escaping, while the concrete floor acts as a thermal mass.


The architectural language of the exterior, a monolithic galvanised steel shed, is informed by the local agricultural vernacular to ensure visual coherence within the landscape and to facilitate construction with locally available and sourced materials. Construction was completed largely by local farmers familiar with agricultural building practices.The rich dialogue with local craftsman ensured that the house is rooted in the building practices and conventions of context while also offering the community exposure to innovative resource and energy-conserving construction practices...

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ParadigmGallery's comment, February 23, 2013 8:08 AM
Love this piece...the house is perfectly lovely and sits comfortably in the setting....the story warms my heart...and the fields and farmland exports me to Iowa.....
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Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden

Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This house on the west coast of Sweden is a family retreat and is a contemporary interpretation of the vernacular Swedish farmhouse, while living in close contact with nature.


The house is clad with untreated wood on the outside that will turn grey over time. The inside of the house is more delicate. The large living room / kitchen can be opened up with large sliding glazed doors so the inside becomes part of the outside.

It's considered a "'super-normal" house that is both modern and traditional at the same time.


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House DS: a minimalist extension to a Belgian farmhouse...

House DS: a minimalist extension to a Belgian farmhouse... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

House DS is a minimalist extension to a farmhouse residence in Belgium and a beautiful example of residential restoration, preservation and reuse...

A typical Belgian farmhouse, known as a ‘fernette’ inspired this addition to House DS in Destelbergen, Belgium. Architects Graux & Baeyens addressed the client’s request of ensuring the addition would provide ‘spacious, bright and contemporary living’ and molded the idea of 4 rectilinear volumes as extensions of the existing building, creating a stark contrast between old and new, past and present. A fifth volume in the form of a pool house also serves as a shed for additional storage.

The proportions of the new volumes, the unobtrusive appearance of its minimalist interiors and the well-designed layout of the spaces that connect the two structures present an elegant way of two styles coexisting.

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Farmhouse: a Collaboration of Rustic and Modern

Farmhouse: a Collaboration of Rustic and Modern | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Building over an original rustic farmhouse surrounded by a serene rural landscape and adding a modern touch to this residential building caught in between eras, the creative team of Invisible Studio re-imagined the details of the 2,368 square feet Starfall Farm.

Located in Bath and North East Somerset, UK, this interesting residence took shape from the remains of an old farmhouse altered to be suited for a contemporary lifestyle, but keeping its charming country side intact. The challenges defined this project, guiding the team towards transforming the “hideously extended, but originally very pretty farmhouse in St Catherine’s valley” into a welcoming mixture of rustic and modern styles. An extension made mostly of materials from the demolished barns allows owners Xa Sturgis and Anna Benn to enjoy more of the landscape than they would have before this extensive renovation...

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