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Living with the Landscape: Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Living with the Landscape: Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located on a windswept coast line, Moonlight Cabin is a place to retreat from and engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions.


It is a small footprint shelter that explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives. It is designed to be passively environmentally responsive, ultimately reducing energy use and running costs whilst maximizing occupant amenity.

The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rainscreen that acts like a ‘gore-tex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Operable shutters enable cross ventilation and adaptability, open or closed, partially shut down or secured when the occupants leave and reopened when they return.

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Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture | Bolzano, Italy

Mirror Houses by Peter Pichler Architecture | Bolzano, Italy | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The true purpose of the twin houses is clear: stringent environmental regulations and a contemporary concern for comfort demand a plethora of mechanical and electrical equipment and a highly insulated envelope. But with a great glass sliding door opening each unit to the breeze, the houses offer their temporary residents a taste of something like Thoreau's rougher-hewn Walden cabin, whose simplicity and intimate scale fostered his sense of connection to the environment. In their outward appearance, the Mirror Houses do little to blend in with their surroundings—the opposite, in fact—but, from the inside, the building seems almost to disappear, registering only as a frame for the view. “There but not there,” one might say...

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Barzisa Sabine's curator insight, August 25, 2015 10:00 AM

A real connection to the environment ! great

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An Energy-Saving, Ecological Glass Box Above the Landscape

An Energy-Saving, Ecological Glass Box Above the Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Amsterdam firm Paul de Ruiter Architects designed a home to provide a comfortable environment all year round while minimising its energy use and impact on a site in a protected ecological area.

In order to build on the site, which is a habitat for many plants and animals, the owners were required to return what had previously been farmland to its original pre-agricultural state. They planted 71,000 young trees that will eventually obscure the house from view and added a rectangular pond above the underground storey.

Energy-saving techniques employed in the building include a fabric screen built into the insulated glazed facade that can be rolled down to reflect the sun, and create a void between the glass and the screen through which ventilation flows. Wood from the private forest will be burned to heat water for the house once the trees have matured, while photovoltaic cells on the roof and a planned windmill will generate electricity.

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Trish House by Matthew Heywood

Trish House by Matthew Heywood | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This design for this contemporary house was developed in direct response to the site and its location within the village of Yalding in Kent.

The structure is composed to reflect the surrounding woodland with the raking columns representing the irregular angles of tree trunks and branches.  Large expanses of glass fill the gaps between the structure and allow you to appreciate the landscape and setting as if you were peering out from between the trunks and branches of the trees. The traditional Kentish black and white weatherboarding represents the foliage wrapping the building and enclosing the spaces within.  In contrast to the surrounding nature, the form and lines of the house are intentionally very geometric and crisp, creating a dialogue between the organic woodland and the modernist box.

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Conrado C. Guzmán's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:06 PM

The modern yurt

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Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes

Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

California builder Simpatico Homes specializes in modern modular homes, and recently completed a prototype located in Emeryville, in Alameda County, California.

 

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“The partnership with Simpatico Homes represents an opportunity for our firm to bring custom-quality architecture to a broader audience through the cost advantages of prefabrication.

The Krubiner Residence, the Simpatico Prototype, is located in Emeryville just a few blocks from our office.

The Simpatico Homes represent a unique opportunity to transform housing, by combining modern design with off-site prefabrication and LEED-certified sustainability.”

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Scott Stroud's curator insight, July 25, 2014 8:29 AM

This is not your father's modular home...

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Stamp House: A Striking Off-the-Grid Beachfront Project in Queensland

Stamp House: A Striking Off-the-Grid Beachfront Project in Queensland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the environmentally sensitive FNQ Beachfront Rainforest in Queensland, this futuristic residence is entirely carbon neutral.


Making the most of the site’s amenities and resources, the project reintroduces the surrounding native wetland environment by situating the home over an engineered water ecosystem, a collaborative effort between national parks, environmental agencies, and state and local government. With solar panels covering the roof, the use of cantilevers to mitigate the impact from potential flooding, and a structure that can withstand cyclones, the Stamp House is a striking marriage of refined design with environmental awareness.

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The Non Program Pavilion by Jesús Torres García

The Non Program Pavilion by Jesús Torres García | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in Spain, near the Mediterranean Sea, this small pavilion is surrounded by a remarkable landscape. The construction is defined by the relation between the landscape and the structure on the field.


The structure developed itself as a flower, subscribing to Oscar Niemeyer’s approach. The whole project has been composed in the concept of “how to build in natural landscape?” The non-program pavilion disappears in the landscape, attempting to erase the division between the intervention and the area. This concern of integration reaches the point where the landscape generates the architecture itself.


The non-definition of the program has a wide range of uses, such as providing environmental awareness, doubling as an exposition hall or music hall, and providing activities support for the wider community. The interior space is as free as the liberty of program, furnishing the space with the energy of each use...

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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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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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Hillside Residence Taking Advantage Of The Surroundings

Hillside Residence Taking Advantage Of The Surroundings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Part of a hillside housing project named Les Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle and located in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, this stunning modern residence benefits from panoramic views over the St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountainscape. Known as Malbaie VI Marée Basse, the two story residential development was designed by Montreal-based studio Mu Architecture and completed last September.

Occupying 3,200 square foot, two cedar shingle volumes are perfectly positioned for massive sunlight intake and provide the owners with beautiful panoramas from multiple vantage points.

A terrace the inhabitants stay strongly connected to the surroundings.

Under the house’s green roof, bedrooms occupy the higher level and social spaces, the lower one. On the ground floor, a red metal spiral staircase visually connecting the open floor plan. Cedar ceilings pierced by lights float over radiant concrete floors, bounding the interior design together...

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Curved House by Hufft Projects

Curved House by Hufft Projects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Curved House is a modern residence with distinctive lines. Conceived in plan as a U-shaped form, this residence features a courtyard that allows for a private retreat to an outdoor pool and a custom fire pit. The master wing flanks one side of this central space while the living spaces, a pool cabana, and a view to an adjacent creek form the remainder of the perimeter. A signature masonry wall gently curves in two places signifying both the primary entrance and the western wall of the pool cabana.

An eclectic and vibrant material palette of brick, Spanish roof tile, Ipe, Western Red Cedar, and various interior finish tiles add to the dramatic expanse of the residence. The client’s interest in suitability is manifested in numerous locations, which include a photovoltaic array on the cabana roof, a geothermal system, radiant floor heating, and a design which provides natural daylighting and views in every room.

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Shipping Containers Modern Architecture: GAD by MMW Architects

Shipping Containers Modern Architecture: GAD by MMW Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Shipping Containers Modern Architecture: GAD by MMW Architects.GAD is a perfect example of modern architecture. Made of ten steel shipping containers covered in plywood and sheetrock, the construction is light and easy to disassemble...

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Small-Sized Nature Retreat Overlooking the Ocean: Moonlight Cabin in Australia

Small-Sized Nature Retreat Overlooking the Ocean: Moonlight Cabin in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Overlooking the ocean in Victoria, Australia, the Moonlight Cabin by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects is said to engage with the landscape’s ephemeral conditions. Modest in size, the residence answers the living needs of the owners, while making use of sustainable features: “The built form is fully screened in a spotted-gum rain screen that acts like a ‘goretex jacket’ to protect the cabin from the elements while the timber is free to move naturally in the changing climatic conditions. Its small footprint shelter (60m2) explores the boundaries of how small is too small, challenging conventional notions of what is actually necessary in our lives”, the architects explained.

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Peter van Cuylenburg's curator insight, October 27, 2015 6:29 PM

Some great insights into our future living spaces - sustainable living, a growing imperative in education?

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Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov

Atelier Oslo provides shelter at all angles with Cabin at Norderhov | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new cabin by Atelier Oslo within Norway's Krokskogen forest formed the striking backdrop to our 'Norse Power' shoot in the December issue. Four angular 'arms' spring out of a main core, anchoring this home to a steep slope over Lake Steinsfjorden. Cabin at Norderhov provides both refuge from and connection to its woodland surroundings.
A couple based in Oslo commissioned the project, with a view to using it as a weekend base for cross-country skiing and hiking. The structure was designed in response to their relationship with nature. Its prefabricated system of laminated wood reflects the surrounding trees and is supported by steel rods drilled directly into the rock. Aside from dividing the internal space into discrete zones, the arms also accommodate covered terraces outside.

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Modern Minimalism: Rammed Earth House by Brent Kendle

Modern Minimalism: Rammed Earth House by Brent Kendle | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The feel of this modest single story hillside home is evocative of the mid-century modern homes which once dominated the surrounding area. Humble, natural materials such as rammed earth walls, limestone floors and Douglass Fir wood ceilings are woven inside and out in a sophisticated play of interlocking interior and exterior living spaces.

The scale of the home is decidedly “cozy” and visually calm with a minimalist approach to materials and detailing, allowing the focus to be on art and nature, meeting the owners goal of creating a home of simple sophisticated elegance without being boastful.

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A Dialog Between Environments: City House in Auckland by Architex

A Dialog Between Environments: City House in Auckland by Architex | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architex has completed a project in Auckland, New Zealand, consisting of a home that exhales transparency and seeks to establish a dialogue between the interior living space and the outdoor environment.


City House is a private oasis of relaxation. With the goal of creating a place that disconnects from a busy professional life, the standard wall configurations disappear, enhancing the feeling of breeziness and freedom. 

“Sliding glass panels disappear into pockets to create open balconies for living and sleeping, and focus on the central courtyard as their oasis. The street facade is particularly private with only a hint of the sophistication that lies beyond in the selection of colour and materials.”


View more images of this beutiful, contextual and modern at the article link...

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Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan

Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This countryside retreat by MDS features contemporary massing and beautiful wood interiors. Located in the foothills of the Yatsugatake mountains, in a relatively moderate climate, the residence reflects a lifestyle connected to nature and the surroundings. The project was developed using three adjacent volumes of different heights, with overhangs to control natural light and heat.


Wood is visible in the exposed beams, floors and window frames. Cross-ventilation is ensured through strategically placed windows. Two narrow terraces sheltered beneath the roof overhangs contribute to the building’s originality. “The fan-shaped design – opening to the south – means plenty of sun streams in during the cold winters: no matter the time of day there’s always a place to bask in the sun”, explained architects Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura.

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An example of beautiful architecture highlighting a combination of location-responsive design strategies along with a vernacular aesthetic, resulting in a unique, yet comfortable and pragmatic, dwelling...

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Connected to the Outdoors: A Modern House with a Modular Folding Wall

Connected to the Outdoors: A Modern House with a Modular Folding Wall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This unique residence by Pitsou Kedem Architects gives inhabitants the ability to control light entering the space with a modular facade design that also provides for changing views and varying degrees of privacy.


With great attention paid to the relations between outdoors and indoors, this structure has been designed to convert the interior space into the outdoors with great modularity while retaining its simple and clean detailing. The most fascinating views of this residence take place when the pivot shutters open, allowing one to look straight through the interiors to the rear pool side beyond without any restrictions. Standing in the front garden, one is able to look out to the rear landscape connecting the two outside spaces.

The ability to reverse the balanced composition into a dynamic one is made possible thanks to the design of a system of smart blinds that allows them to be lifted upwards and folded into what resembles a roof. As all the rails and fixtures are hidden when the façade is closed, the changing possibilities also hide in the residence's façade. ..

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Low-Energy Bamboo House Blends into the Belgian Forest

Low-Energy Bamboo House Blends into the Belgian Forest | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With amenities such as a heat pump, radiant heating, rainwater collection and high-performance insulation, this modern bamboo-clad house by Belgian design firm AST 77 is as energy efficient as it is attractive.


Upending the stereotypical image of the flat countryside of Flanders, a new low energy house mixes modernism and organic materials to blend into a steep, forested hillside near Rotselaar, Belgium.

The chief exterior materials of are bamboo poles lined up in precise rows along the rectangular 86-foot-long steel-frame box, broken up by a series of square windows positioned for natural ventilation and passive solar.The overall visual effect is reminiscent of a tree trunk rising out of the hilly terrain...

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Modernism + Nature: the Tower Studio in Shoal Bay, Newfoundland

Modernism + Nature: the Tower Studio in Shoal Bay, Newfoundland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The ‘Tower Studio’ is dramatically situated on a stretch of rocky coastline in Shoal Bay, Newfoundland, where no roads guide your way and which is only reached by hiking.

Part of an architectural series by Saunders Architecture the Fogo Island Arts Corporation, the studio’s sculptural silhouette leans both forward and backward as it twists upward.

The studio is comprised of three levels with an overall height of thirty-two feet. Its entry area is equipped with a kitchenette, a compost toilet and wood- burning fireplace. Its second level is a studio, day lit by generous skylight.

At times, the stark abstract forms of the studios all painted black seem to disappear into the foggy weather, typical on Fogo Island. Inside everything is painted in a shiny white and as one passes up the white ladder through the horizontal opening one will stand on the roof- top deck with the view of the ocean and the rocky wind-swept terrain around you...

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Sustainable Modern Architecture Overlooking the Mediterranean...

Sustainable Modern Architecture Overlooking the Mediterranean... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This contemporary home located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, on the southern slope of Mount Carmel in Israel, was designed by Heidi Arad.

With a total living area of 250 square meters, the residence showcases an elegant exterior, and interior that opens towards the sea, with the help of glass sliding doors. The principles of sustainable architecture were cleverly adapted to the overall design: ventilation is ensured in a natural way through panoramic windows, rainwater is collected in a special tank and used for household purposes, and natural materials are used throughout...

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Modern Design at Loft Bauhaus in Brazil

Modern Design at Loft Bauhaus in Brazil | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Ana Paula Barros and located in Brazil, Loft Bauhaus is an example of modern architecture in its purest form. Inspired by the famous Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe, the residence is said to explore five points of contemporary architecture: open plan, pilotis, free facade and ribbon windows.

According to the architects, “the project is composed by a large living room / dining room, which also works as a balcony. The room and the bathroom are in the same environment, having only the toilet hidden. The bath is open to the outdoor garden with a huge glass panel. The kitchen, which has no divisions, is located on the opposite side of the room and it is integrated with the dining room”.

 

Sustainability was not left aside when developing Loft Bauhaus. Suspended 60 cm above the ground, and constructed using mainly organic materials, the house has a minimum impact on the environment.

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Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture

Sustainable Design | Greenhalgh House by CCS Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Greenhalgh House is a sustainable home designed by CCS Architecture , located in the Alpine Meadows area near Lake Tahoe, California. This is a second home for the owner, who wanted efficiency in performance, regarding the needs of a retreat home.

This eco construction adopted rustic modern design using cedar materials. The house is grid connected, but it is also grid independent. To provide maximum view of Sierra Nevada mountains, all of the main rooms are faced to the south, with cross ventilation provided by the operable windows and sliding glass doors on both sides of the home. Concrete materials used partially at the first floor act as thermal mass storage to maintain the room temperature.

This green architecture building is completed by 600 sq ft of photovoltaic panels provided at the roof, facing south. During the days when the house is not in use, electricity is produced and stored to be used on peak days when in use. There is also thermal hot water system located at the roof. Radiant floor heating is powered by the hot water provided by hot water heater powered by the PV. The hot/cool air trapped between the roof and and panels can be used also as additional heating/cooling...

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Modern Sustainable Home | Architecture

Modern Sustainable Home | Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This house designed by Pasel.Kuenzel, it is located a former industrial area in the centre of Leiden, Netherlands, the designer tried to fill all the house with sun light with very nice way at the same time save a space.


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