Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects have quite a repertoire of projects on their completion list.
A range of captivating structures including residential, commercial and community focused have made them one of the most impressive firms in their field. Also, winning the top spot in sustainability and 28th overall in this year’s Architect 50 doesn’t hurt in gaining them some attention, either. This is the 3rd year in a row that they have made the list.
Many of their creations are economically inclined, but definitely not short on the sustainable scale. They also have an emphasis on research driven designs with pilot programs that are individually evaluated with the intention of replicating the most successful features. They have come up with budget and environmentally friendly based developments, many of which meet certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold or Platinum standards.
Their work also shows that ecologically minded designs don’t have to be over the top pricewise. Examples that kept finances and building space in check can be seen in two of their residential projects.
Sitting on a 250 foot lot, Casa de Carmen is in an out of the way spot near the Pacific Ocean. Constructed with local supplies, the residence includes beautiful ocean and mountain views. The layout features walkways and gardens that surround the home and envelop its center, offering an alluring walk around to the entrance.
Solar panels strategically positioned to reel in the sunlight’s benefits fulfill all of the home’s electrical needs.
The Vai Avenue Residence is a net zero and carbon neutral design that is a possible contender for the LEED for Homes Platinum certification. The home is on a 1/3 acre lot and was built with modern requirements in mind. With an open layout, it offers easy access to outdoor areas from nearly any point.
Though traditionally built, its highly efficient and energy saving construction proves that sustainable housing can be done in a typical suburban location.
Sprawling lots and expansive spaces are often looked to for inspiration in building a home, but designs that operate at a greener level can be done on any scale. Making the most of what a home and yard are capable of while adhering to a set budget is a welcome aspect of sustainable architecture.
All images are via Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects.
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