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Omizubata N House in the Forest of Karuizawa by Iida Archiship Studio

Omizubata N House in the Forest of Karuizawa by Iida Archiship Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The village of Karruizawa, Nagano Prefect, is a destination commonly sought after by Tokyo dwellers looking for a peaceful getaway. It’s easy to see the zen-like qualities a rural retreat like Omizubata N House offers its owners when they escape the city and its 13 million inhabitants. The interior of the oversized cabin is finished entirely with wood adding to the natural feel of the forest surroundings.

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Apelle: A Contemporary family home in Karjaa, Finland

Apelle: A Contemporary family home in Karjaa, Finland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Karjaa-based architectural practice, Casagrande Laboratory, has recently completed the Apelle project, a contemporary family home is located in Karjaa, Finland.

This wooden structure rests in a natural harbour- a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. 

From the architects:

“House Apelle is part of nature. The surrounding forest has been architecturally articulated into a shelter for a family of contemporary natives. The house is in the forest as much as the forest is in the house – the architecture is a mediator between  man and nature."

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:20 AM

Con un cierto saborcito a Alvar Aalto...esta casa me ha parecido una joyita.

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Minimalist Gottshalden House Blending With The Green Surroundings

Minimalist Gottshalden House Blending With The Green Surroundings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Overlooking Lake Zürich, in Winterthur, Switzerland, the Gottshalden House is a relaxing three-storey home.


The house’s exterior is all covered in timber cladding. Located in a tranquil and quiet site and surrounded by a beautiful green scenery, the picturesque home was designed by Rossetti + Wyss Architekten. The simple, angular dream-like house integrates perfectly into the landscape, unveiling a breezy and uncluttered interior.

The L-shaped floor plan boasts oak plank ceilings and flush-mounted windows that offer framed views of the surroundings. Wood is the main material used to define the interior, which is well-ventilated and flooded with light.

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Keven Holt's curator insight, July 15, 2013 2:08 PM

Here's a great house design. But, then again, I've always loved minalist design. 

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Prefab Connected to the Land: House for Gudrun, Austria

Prefab Connected to the Land: House for Gudrun, Austria | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With a tight budget, focusing on the most necessary in terms of floor space and construction was essential for this residential project in Austria. The result is a two-room-apartment of prefabricated timber elements on a concrete foundation.

A large living space, two small bedrooms and the entrance are organized around a central core containing the bathroom and technical installations. Four large openings create unique views into the surrounding landscape. According to their orientation – private or public, varying in size and position, with or without parapet, each deeply cut opening has its own characteristic.

A large window to the west offering an idyllic view of the landscape and an entrance leading to the neighbors and outdoors. Sitting on the wooden terrace, the homeowner finds peace and nature, receiving regular visits of neighbors and even those from local rabbits, foxes and deer...

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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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Nature-Embedded Retreats: Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

Nature-Embedded Retreats: Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The idea for these minimalist Tea Houses was triggered by the need of a nature retreat, located not far from a family home in Silicon Valley, California. The creative team at Swatt Miers Architects was in charge with transforming a vision into reality, designing the three tea houses as perfect observation spots.

According to the official description provided by the project developers, each new tea house was created as a “transparent steel and glass pavilion, hovering like a lantern over the natural landscape. Cast-in-place concrete core elements anchor the pavilions, supporting steel channel rim joists, which cantilever beyond the cores to support the floor and roof planes. With its minimal footprint, the design treads lightly on the land, minimizing grading and preserving the delicate root systems of the native oaks“.

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Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence

Modern Beach House Camouflaged as Driftwood Box: Lamble Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This modern beach house located on the south coast of New South Wales was envisioned as a timber driftwood box covered by a simple white roof.

The layout of the residence was well adapted to the environmental challenges, as the architects explained : “We chose to make the most of the views, as well as the sunny and protected northern aspect, by positioning the living and sleeping spaces to that side. Service rooms including the bathrooms, laundry, and garage, are located to the south. All of the rooms open onto generous outdoor spaces, on different sides of the house, ensuring protection from the changeable seaside winds.” The minimalist interior design scheme and color palette direct attention towards the natural richness outdoors.


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Lori Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 2014 11:17 PM

Love this design#design

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Meadowbrook Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

Meadowbrook Residence: Phoenix, Arizona | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Jay Atherton Architect’s Meadowbrook Residence was initially inspired by fluctuating seasons of light. Situated in Phoenix, Arizona abounded by an undemanding audience, the architectural formwork is an overt abstraction; yet consciously unspoiled and quiet. Despite the employment of natural materials and local stone, the building itself sits framed by its surroundings, as well as resting respectfully amongst it...

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 24, 2013 5:56 PM

the residence is built/ designed to accomodate the varying light that it recieves throughout the seasons. A really cool concept and interesting way to percieve architecture - Madi Chaput

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Off-Grid, Design/Build: The House on Limekiln Line

Off-Grid, Design/Build: The House on Limekiln Line | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

An extraordinary off grid home built with local materials, that fits right into the rural Ontario landscape, the House on Limekiln Line is an extraordinary artifact, addressing a 220 year old heritage, with a modern aesthetic.


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The House on Limekiln Line, a design-build off-grid house, is sited in a rich agricultural landscape.The house is understood as both a mediator to and a microcosm of its immediate cultural and climatic context. An “observation shed”, the house is composed of a series of scales of spaces, each with distinct vantage points, visual alignments, and framed vistas to the larger context beyond, facilitating stewardship of and respect for the productive landscape in which it sits...

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Natalie Curtis's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:22 AM

Off grid living at its finest- definitely needs to be explored more in some cases. The local materials are a great way of resourcing too!

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Contemporary, Sustainable Multi-Generational House in Germany

Contemporary, Sustainable Multi-Generational House in Germany | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Especially developed for a large family in Stuttgart, Germany, the Strauss Residence was envisioned by Alexander Brenner Architekten.


According to the architects, the house consists of “two autonomous house-halves, which if required can be combined in parts or completely. The entire building was created according to ecological standpoints and supplied almost exclusively with renewable energy. The heating energy is provided by air source heat pumps. At extremely low temperatures these peaks are met with a low temperature gas boiler. Water is heated up by high performance solar collectors."


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E+ Green Home by Unsangdong Architects | passive house design

E+ Green Home by Unsangdong Architects | passive house design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Energy Plus House by Unsangdong Architects creates a new type of energy-producing sustainable housing.
A combination of natural properties and technology, this green home incorporates all elements, such as the structural system, materials, spatial composition, landscape and lifestyle into it's passive design and optimized intelligent energy system. The result of a collaboration between UNSANGDONG Architects and Kolon Institute of Technology, the building has acquired Passive House Certificate from the Passivhaus Institut in Germany.

Read the complete article for details on Passivehaus requirements, as well as the green strategies and systems incorporated into the dynamic exterior and minimalist interior of the E+ Green Home...

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Eco Sustainable Minimalist Architecture by Luigi Valente

Eco Sustainable Minimalist Architecture by Luigi Valente | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Minimalist architecture is the style favored for the regeneration of Gronmo, just 12 kilometers from the Norwegian capital. The images illustrate the architect Luigi Valente's proposal for transforming the location from a dirty, unhealthy and inaccessible landfill site into a remarkable 'eco-friendly' complex. The Gronmo project includes a recycling and sustainable energy producing activities. The development also includes a flagship structure- a magnificent cultural center. The cultural center displays all the finer attributes of minimalist architecture and is an amenity to be enjoyed on a local, national and international level...

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