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Ellis Residence: A Stunning LEED Platinum Home on Bainbridge Island

Ellis Residence: A Stunning LEED Platinum Home on Bainbridge Island | Top CAD Experts updates | Scoop.it

Ellis Residence in Bainbridge Island, Washington designed by Coates Design is a LEED Platinum home that shines as an example of modern design made green.


Situated on Yeomalt Bluff overlooking Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline, the Ellis Residence is a renovation that resulted in the reuse of more than 80% of the existing materials. The new home cuts energy consumption by 70% with the innovative use of geothermal heating, photovoltaic energy systems, and smart construction techniques. Other key sustainable features include rainwater collection, FSC and recycled wood products, triple-glazed windows and a green roof...

 


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Casey Key Guest House by TOTeMS Architecture

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The guest residence, located on a barrier island, is set within a mature oak hammock along Sarasota Bay. The structure is inspired by the character of the live oaks, which have been shaped by the prevailing coastal winds from the west.

The Owner requested a design that was a “house in the trees”. A small program, including one bedroom, bath, living area with kitchenette, and a loft is organized to provide privacy between a neighboring property to the north, while offering broad views of the oak hammock to the south and west, and the intercoastal waterway to the east.

Curved glulam pine beams, which are anchored to the elevated concrete slab at their base, curve up and over the entire space, reflect the arching quality of the live oak limbs. Ship lap cypress siding is used to clad the exterior walls and the interior walls between the glulam beams.

The design is intended to evoke an organic architecture that is influenced by, and reflective of its site...


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Sustainable Design of Four-cornered Villa by Avanto Architects

Sustainable Design of Four-cornered Villa by Avanto Architects | Top CAD Experts updates | Scoop.it

The sustainable design of Four-cornered Villa was made by Avanto Architecs. This building is located in the wilderness of Finland, sits on a horseshoe-shaped island. By its cross shape, the view of four different sides can be maximize. Some sustainable features are provided to achieve low carbon footprint...


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Sustainable buildings created from bamboo

Sustainable buildings created from bamboo | Top CAD Experts updates | Scoop.it
What’s happening right now?Much of the urban world is looking for sustainable housing solutions for the ever congesting urban spaces.

The use of conventional concrete material has proved to be a burden on environment and a costly option for underdeveloped areas.

Interestingly, it has also been acknowledged that bamboo can be a solution to many of these urban woes. This material is cheap, long lasting, earthquake resistant, and easily available.

Bamboo houses provide a natural ambiance to the occupants and leads to less consumption of electricity. They also have a long life of about 30-years, if maintained regularly...


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Fabián Salazar Bazúa's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:12 PM

Construcciones con Bambú. Sustentabilidad en todo su esplendor.

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Zinc + Cedar Cladding for Green Contemporary Home in Connecticut

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173 Park Street Residence is an impressive three level home designed by Greenwich-based studio Joeb Moore + Partners and located in New Canaan, Connecticut, United States. The project occupies an area of 5,300 square feet and is structured on three levels. According to the architects, the goal was to “construct a state of the art building, incorporating contemporary and green technologies and products directed by world-class design.


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Curl Curl Beach House by CplusC Architects

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Located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the Curl Curl House exploits the structural and aesthetic benefits of timber with stunning results.

This Northern Beaches residence was an exercise in material, time, and cost efficiency. A specific project brief included two bedrooms with built-in robes, bathroom/laundry, an open plan dining, kitchen, living space, and a deck.

A shared driveway, a services easement, and a compact site influenced the form of the building envelope and allowed the architects to maximise internal floor area without sacrificing external amenity. The building responds to changing climatic conditions through natural ventilation in all directions, two integral fish ponds and vegetation that cool the summer breeze, and large awnings and timber screening to shade living areas whilst providing privacy...


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Beautiful Bamboo Symphony Promotes Building With Natural Materials

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Mansaram Architects design and build an architecture office that uses bamboo to replace steel and concrete and also takes advantage of natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting and renewable energy.

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Materiality, Light + Thermal Control: House in Yamasaki by Tato Architects

Materiality, Light + Thermal Control: House in Yamasaki by Tato Architects | Top CAD Experts updates | Scoop.it

Located in a residential area in Hyogo Prefecture, the house was designed for a family with two children. “The residents requested that, as the area has short hours of sunlight in winter, they’d like to bring in as much light as possible,” said Yo Shimada of Tato Architects.

 

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I wanted to create light, stable indoor climate and came up with a plan of three sheds of house type arranged on a 1.8 m high foundation platform. The first floor was lowered by 760 mm below ground to optimize the heating system and regulate temperature, while preserving views to the surrounding mountains and sky for the entire residential neighborhood.

The bathroom shed and the sunroom shed provide lighting and ventilation for the lower floor and form an overhead courtyard. The sunroom collects heat in winter, and exhausts heat in summer through the five motor-operated windows.

Corrugated polycarbonate panels are used for outer walls of the three sheds to take in solar radiation, with moisture and water-absorbing sheets between the panels and structure.The inside of the walls are formed with a heat insulating layer, and the ceiling and walls of bathroom are further filled up with light transmitting thermal insulation material of reproduced PET bottles.

 

A house appearing as small as a peasant’s work shed of an innovative material as corrugated panels creates a new vernacular in this agricultural area. Read the article and view more photos of this very unique house that connects new and old within the rural landscape.


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Real Life Flintstones House Lures Tourists in Portugal

Real Life Flintstones House Lures Tourists in Portugal | Top CAD Experts updates | Scoop.it

It's a bit of a shame that the easiest way to describe this magnificent structure requires reference to a cartoon from the 1960s, but the way in which it incorporates its natural setting defies most conventional description. Located in the Fafe mountains of northern Portugal, A Casa do Penedo, or "the House of Stone," was built between four large boulders found on the site. Although the house may seem rustic, it is not lacking in amenities, which include a fireplace and a swimming pool--carved out of one of the large rocks. But, as word has spread, the sleepy little house has had visitors venturing to see it in droves.


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Residence and Artist's Studio Connected by Glass Bridge

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Designed by Mexican studio M + N Arquitectos, this modern 262 square meter structure is part residential, part studio. Connected by a glass bridge, the two volumes of the house were created for two artists. Located in Puebla, Mexico, the brick and concrete house has a rectangular prism shape, created using carefully chosen materials: “The idea evolved into highlighting an architectural plan while visually differentiating various modules made with like materials where each one has its own distinct goal or intention depending on options in relation to temperature, acoustics, or the distinctive qualities of any given living space.”


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Casa Ceschi by Traverso Vighy

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Giovanni Traverso and Paola Vighy inserted a new skeleton of laminated wood into a building in the historic center of Vicenza...

Traverso Vighy's approach to a renovation is to try to tread lightly, to create as little disturbance on their sites as possible, whether in environmental or, as in this case, architectural ones. These projects are therefore careful orchestrations, where many parts consist of pre-assembled elements, architectural objects maintain a marked structural independence, and whose details interact with their surroundings.


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Grow Your Own Architecture

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As guest professors at a weeklong workshop at Italy’s largest technical university, the Politecnico di Milano, Visiondivision sought to explore immediate ways to integrate environmental consciousness with contemporary design. The result was “The Patient Gardener,” an 8-meter diameter ring of cherry trees that will be bent, twisted, and pruned to grow into a sprouting, two-story structure.


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‘Mud Manifesto’ Offers Example of Sustainable Building

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Designed by students enrolled in Professor Syd Carpenter’s “The Container in Architecture” class at Swarthmore, the wall is an exploration into the uses of clay, sustainable design, and collaboration. Taking the properties of clay from a smaller object, like a mug or a vase, and trying to replicate those same properties in designing a larger structure was one of the core objectives for the six students studying under Carpenter.


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