Energy Neutral Home With Shou Sugi Ban Technique

Energy Neutral Home With Shou-Sugi-Ban Technique

Energy neutral homes focus on sustainable features, but this home located in Amsterdam, Netherlands also has an artistic element. Designed and orchestrated by Pieter Weijnen of Faro architects, Steigereiland 2.0 is a home with an interesting exterior look. Sometimes townhouses or row homes can all blend together, but this one subtly stands out among its stylish neighbors with its own distinct and inventive expression. It is a cradle to cradle construction, as all materials that were used are recyclable or compostable. The design team researched ways to optimize energy and material use to produce a fully efficient building. Reportedly, it is the first construction in the Netherlands to include… read more

At Home With An Architect

At Home With An Architect

Most would think that an architect’s home would be a top of the line, aesthetic retreat that is out of an affordable range for most. However, not all in the profession think the same of what luxury is, or what features an ideal home has. Emilio Fuscaldo, founder of Nest Architects, designed his own home with smart, practical elements that are more geared toward sustainability than extravagance. The lot size for this Australian home is compact, so every inch of the construction was considered for its usefulness. Though the brick exterior may look boxed and simple, it contains several serious green features that… read more

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

Architect and designer Paola Navone is known for her breathtaking and well organized renovations and designs. Several of her interior spaces use elegant whites, presenting them in a non-formal and draped, fresh way. However, her spaces do not look anything like just white rooms. They are overlaid with warm tones and relaxed pieces that are not at all stuck up or untouchable. One example of her divine transformations can be seen in a project that turned an unused, old warehouse into a refreshing and flowing home in Umbria, Italy. Forget the vast, empty warehouse feel that probably existed before Navone got ahold of… read more

Decked Out

Decked Out

Homes that have a place for hanging out on the deck are a bonus when the weather is nice. The following are neat indoor – outdoor designs that incorporate decks with style. The team at Andrew Maynard Architects have developed many interesting projects, and several of their residential designs offer an element of whimsy along with modern construction. Their update of this Australian vacation house included a sprawling, easily accessible outdoor deck area that gives the place a unique façade. This deck on the Anglesea beach house renovation is a unique and fun presentation. Built with timber, it stands out from the original… read more

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

From Atelier Data, this inventive hilltop home is situated in Portugal. Complete with curious entryways, pool, suspended fireplace, wine cellar and a cohesive attentiveness to natural elements, the Spiral House, also referred to as the Varatojo House, is an exciting and unusually composed build. With consideration of the topography and weather systems in balance with sustainable design, the developers blended lifestyle in unison with ecological responsibilities and regard for the land. The designers took advantage of its plot layout and considered ways that the sun and wind exposure would affect the home. The positioning of the frame takes advantage of the northern winds… read more

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

The Sun Shines Bright on This Home

Constructing around the landscaping and paying attention to natural elements can make the most of the sun’s power, saving energy that is needed to run the space. Called the Crook Cup Bow Twist home, this design utilizes organic materials and smart orientation to capture the sun’s energy. From Schwartz and Architecture, it is located in Nicasio, California. The residence was designed for clients who wanted to have a place to escape from the city, and it is quite a contrast from a city dwelling indeed. The name comes from the different ways to bend lumber and the hidden energy possibilities for movement found… read more

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

Getting to have a stay in a beach house is probably an ideal way to spend some hours. The following are a few relaxing and refreshing looks into waterfront living. From Fábio Galeazzo of G’zzo Galeazzo Design, this bright and unexpected residence is located shore side in Brazil. This reconstructed beach house received an update, both on the exterior and interior. First, it got a lift from inserting bamboo beams to provide necessary structural support that was lacking in the original. The roof was modernized with thermal tiles which adds to the energy efficiency of the already economy minded build…. read more

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

This Residence Is A Curved Retreat

From architect Robert Harvey Oshatz, the Wilkinson Residence is a uniquely designed space. The construction was completed over a decade ago, but this refuse-to-be-a-ranch-style home still deserves attention. An original presentation, the home is nestled into a slope which accentuates the outdoor backdrop. A nod to a tree house, the primary living area looks out to a treetop lined skyscape. Made to blend in with the surrounding landscape, the structure was formed with natural woods, copper plated framing and glass. The substantial use of glass all through is used to reflect much of the direct sunlight, adding to the internal… read more

The Lure Of A Courtyard

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Courtyards have been used in residences and businesses worldwide throughout history. Along with their inviting appeal, they can also be energy efficient spaces. One study examined how the use of courtyards in the Mediterranean area also serves a functional purpose as passive energy systems. The walls, placement and size of courtyards can lend to considerably cooler temperatures in warmer weather. Courtyards are popular in many regions where the weather is accommodating to outdoor living. From Klopf Architecture, this Eichler style remodel incorporated existing gables and a centrally located garden turning the home into an open and inviting place. The new enclosed courtyard… read more

Bringing In The Trees

Bringing In The Trees

Apartment and office spaces are not usually known for the trees in their landscaping. However, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has found a unique way to incorporate this often overlooked aspect into some of their projects. One of their residential designs called House For Trees includes amazing views of a vertical treetop canopy. House for Trees is a prototype that seeks to reforest Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which due to increases in population, traffic congestion and city bustle has reportedly lost much of its original tree lined areas. The plan for the residential area adhered to a budget. The design idea… read more