This green-roofed home for a master gardener embraces nature

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Tapped to design a home for a master gardener in Portland, Oregon, Seattle-based design practice Olson Kundig crafted the Country Garden House, a light-filled home that frames garden views from every room. Designed for indoor/ outdoor living, the home features walls of glass that overlook views of the landscape and spans 5,300 square feet to accommodate the needs of a multi-generational family. Clad in reclaimed barnwood, the home’s simple gabled form and ample glazing are evocative of traditional… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Modern LEED Gold home embraces outdoor entertaining in Aspen

Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood is best known for its ornate Victorian houses, but one residence in particular is turning heads for its modern award-winning design and LEED Gold certification. Local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture & Interior Design designed the ground-up home—dubbed “Game On”—that splits a historic landmark lot with a neighboring late 19th-century home. The new residence incorporates environmentally friendly and energy-efficient features throughout, from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Handsome timber-clad extension embraces Australias great outdoors

When the clients decided to add a modest expansion to their existing home in Eganstown, Australia, they were looking for more than just extra breathing room. Enlisting the help of Melbourne-based emerging design practice Solomon Troup Architects, the extension was envisioned as a way to more fully embrace the expansive hillside landscape. The resulting structure—named the Limerick House—does just that while referencing the outdoors with its natural materials palette.

Covering… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Green-roofed vacation home embraces old-growth trees in the San Juan Islands

When Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects was asked to design a holiday getaway on the San Juan Islands of Washington state, the Seattle-based design firm didn’t take the easy way out. The site, which overlooks stunning views of Griffin Bay, includes three beautiful old-growth trees that Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects wanted to preserve—a different approach to that of the client’s previous architect, who suggested chopping down the trees. With the existing trees kept intact, the North… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This modern vacation home embraces indoor-outdoor living in Ontario

The boundary between indoors and out are blurred to beautiful effect in the Bear Stand Residence, a family retreat located approximately three hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Designed by Bohlin Grauman Miller in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the 3,300-square-foot holiday home is wrapped in glazing and natural materials to feel like an airy extension of the surrounding forest. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently recognized the home’s excellence with a 2018… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Seattle embraces urban farming at ten acre Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Seattle’s largest organic urban farm is growing!

On land formerly used as a tree nursery, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) is home to a host of programs run by Seattle Tilth to bring community members of all ages to volunteer, learn to grow View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building