A dark, damp house becomes a sustainable, sun-soaked abode

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Formerly cold, dim and damp, a terrace house in Northcote, Victoria has been reborn into a vibrant and welcoming dwelling with an emphasis on gardening. Designed by Green Sheep Collective for a client named Jill, the compact project, named Jill’s House, saw a modest expansion of just 22 square meters of space yet gained its bright and spacious feel thanks to a thorough renovation. Created to meet the client’s aspirations for a “very healthy home,” Jill’s House embraces recycled materials,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



A gloomy house is revived as a modern solar home built of recycled materials

A dark and gloomy non-insulated dwelling with zero views to speak of has been dramatically transformed into a bright and sustainable new home thanks to the work of local architecture studio Urban Creative. Flanked by 6-meter tall-walls and set on a long and narrow lot in inner Melbourne, 2 Halves Make a Home is a three-bedroom family residence that comprises two structures centered on a light-filled courtyard that allows daylight to penetrate deep into the living areas. Bricks sourced from the original… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The peaceful Micro House serves as an artist’s refuge in Vermont

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A sleek artist studio with Passive House elements projects over a cliff

Montreal-based MU Architecture recently completed a minimalist and modern addition that boasts dramatic landscape views of Lake Deauville and the Laurentians’ mountainous countryside in Quebec, Canada. Conceived as a multipurpose extension, the Workshop on a Cliff covers over 5,000 square feet of space and includes two superimposed garages, a workshop, a spacious creative room as well as a mezzanine level. The building is partially elevated on thin pillars so as not to disturb the tree line.

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This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool

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Natural stone and an expansive green roof blend the stunning Gozu House into the Andes Mountains

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The Goldtree House is designed for sustainable family living

When kids hit their teens, your house suddenly feels smaller. The atmosphere is hectic, groups of friends traipse in and out, and parents often retreat to a bedroom for peace and quiet. One clever family with teenage twins not only had their home remodeled to accommodate these changes, they even planned ahead to have a private apartment for themselves down the road.

Hartree and Associates Architects designed the changes to the 1950s home in East Fremantle, Australia based on the homeowners’… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Unusual Kerplunk House is envisioned as a miniature forest in the desert

Design collective I STIFFEN THEE has completed Kerplunk House, a desert shelter with an eye-catching arrangement of exposed wood piercing through its cuboidal volumes. Inspired by nature and traditional colonial Spanish architecture, the structure was built with stucco and exposed wood and elevated off the ground for minimal site impact. Conceived as a multipurpose live-work space, the Kerplunk House forms part of a desert propagation center and will be gradually surrounded by desert flora.

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Geothermal-powered Forest House showcases sustainable features in Maryland

Set on the edge of a forest conservation area in central Maryland, the Forest House is a contemporary home integrated with a wide variety of energy-efficient features. Local design firm Gardner Architects LLC designed the spacious home that responds to passive solar principles and rises to the height of the tree canopy to capture surrounding views. The sustainable technologies include geothermal energy, rooftop solar panels, rain gardens, as well as low-tech solutions like stack ventilation.

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The spacious Camberwell House reconnects a large family with nature

Camberwell House, by AM Architecture, had a tall order to fill. The renovated property is a redesign of an existing structure that aimed to bring together parents and kids as well as fuse the indoors with outside.

 

The result is a 5,920 square-foot property in Melbourne, Australia. The family wanted a larger indoor living space to accommodate their numbers as well as an improved layout that would allow them to enjoy both indoors and outside.

 

To full the family’s demands,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building