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Sculptural Home in Munich Built Using Prefabricated Materials

Sculptural Home in Munich Built Using Prefabricated Materials | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Envisioned and implemented by German studio Titus Bernhard Architekten, House 11 x 11 gives the overall impression of a small, compact home. The 1,960 square foot contemporary abode in Munich, Germany, was developed to serve the needs of a family in an area that captures the serenity of natural elements. According to the architects, “House 11 x 11 is an icon for its users, symbolic and built with a new method of construction: the exterior walls and the wooden roof made of prefabricated elements are covered by a vertical wood-lamella façade without counter-battens, converging on the ridge of the roof. A pronounced graphic character is the result, reinforced by the variable density and very precise setting of the lamellae, including the integration of the wooden window frames”.

The inner layout is based on continuity and the core of the house is an open plan living area, characterized by a minimalist, yet inviting design...

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Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Are straw bales the future of sustainable building? | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Straw bale is a low impact, low carbon building material making strides towards mainstream acceptance. So is it about time we took notice?

 

As designers and homeowners look for imaginative ways to help reduce their carbon footprint in the campaign against climate change, straw bale could become a new tool in the building industry’s armoury. Straw, a natural by-product of farming, is collected and baled, tightly compacted, and fitted into a frame before being rendered with earthen or lime stucco.

The practice was prevalent during the 1800s throughout the American prairie states but fell out of favour with people turning to bricks and mortar. Unlike hay, straw contains no nutritional value for livestock and is often sold as bedding for farm animals – or burnt. Unlike other recycled materials currently used in the building industry, such as car tyres or recycled plastics, straw bale can be used in its raw state requiring no further processing...

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The Windcatcher House | DesignBuildBLUFF/University of Colorado, Denver

The Windcatcher House | DesignBuildBLUFF/University of Colorado, Denver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Students build a modest home for a Navajo family in the Utah desert.

A “windcatcher” is a centuries-old Persian technology featuring a tower that takes advantage of natural ventilation by capturing and cooling air. Hank Louis, of DesignBuildBLUFF, the University of Utah/University of Colorado, Denver design-build studio, recognized the merits of this simple solution for a recently completed Navajo family home. The house features a tower made of compressed earth bricks with four openings around the top. As the wind blows through the slits, wet blankets (moistened by a drip line) chill the air that then circulates around the home...

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Modern 'Arbour House' in Australia Connected to the Landscape

Modern 'Arbour House' in Australia Connected to the Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Studio Richard Kirk Architect completed the design for the Arbour House, a modern residence located on the Bulimba Reach in Queensland, Australia. The two story home was built in strong connection to its landscape, particularly with an 80 year old Poincianna tree and a public riverfront boardwalk.

According to the architects, “the dwelling adopts a courtyard typology with two pavillions linked by a large double height stairwell and external courtyard. The form is conceptualized as an object carved from a solid volume of the allowable building area with the courtyard providing a protective volume from which to cross ventilate each of the spaces of the house and to allow the different spaces of the house connection but also discrete and subtle separation – the family home as a village”. We have to say we like the concept and we appreciate the way it was implemented in developing this elegant modern residence.

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Small House by Cooper Joseph Studio

Small House by Cooper Joseph Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The owners asked for an efficient, off-the-grid, house that would be one with their site. It is a “diamond in the rough”, a precisely detailed modern structure within a rustic, agricultural farm.

 

The 850 square-foot, one bedroom, structure is anchored to the steep hillside with a series of retaining walls and cascading exterior decks each linked to an interior space. This act of at once embracing the hillside and relating inside and outside at every level is an ambitious concept for such a small house yet the one least intrusive to the natural topography. The circulation directs you to the views while the fenestration protects from the hot southern sun in favor of soft northern light. The main interior stair skewers the levels along the predominant central concrete wall. The exterior is predominantly light-grey zinc expressed in horizontal panels with articulated reveals running horizontally. Stained redwood is used for sunscreens and decking.

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