Modern LEED Gold home embraces outdoor entertaining in Aspen

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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



Ancient rural hamlet reinterpreted as a solar-powered modern home

Rimini-based GGA Gardini Gibertini Architects renovated a cluster of historic buildings into a modernist dwelling set in the lush Italian countryside. Named the AP House, the project comprises three structures with a more streamlined farmhouse aesthetic on the exterior and a light-filled contemporary interior. The striking renovation is located on one of the highest hills in Urbino atop ancient remains that date back to the Medieval Communes.

Clad in rustic stonework, AP House consists… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Award-winning Hungarian home combines old-world charm with modern style

Hungarian architects András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár and Norbert Vas have given the traditional Hungarian farmstead a modern refresh with their design of the Wooden House, a contemporary country house completed for approximately 500,000 Euros ($585,300 USD). Located in the small village of Algyő in the Great Hungarian Plain, the tranquil family retreat was conceived as an antidote to city living. Although the new home is undoubtedly modern, it also shares the same footprint as the old farmhouse… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

An 1820s Catskills manor gets a marvelous modern makeover

Just two hours outside New York City sits a stunning vacation rental that blends old-world charm with contemporary design. Completed by architectural designer Tom Givone over the course of four years, the property was dramatically reworked from a decaying manor into the Floating Farmhouse, a beautiful home that combines historic and modern elements. Crafted to embrace the outdoors, the light-filled home features a veranda that appears to hover over the edge of a pristine Catskills creek as well as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A 1920 Swiss barn is reborn as a modern home for a family of five

Swiss design studio Ralph Germann architectes overhauled an old drafty barn into a beautiful contemporary home with a new timber annex. Located in the rural village of Orsières in southeast Switzerland, the barn renovation and expansion project was commissioned by a family of five who sought a modern and light-filled abode. The adaptive reuse project—named the House EKC—was built of locally sourced materials and is equipped with an air-water heat pump, solar thermal panels, and dimmable LEDs.

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

A 1940s home gets a modern update with reclaimed materials

Australian studio Porter Architects has sensitively restored and updated a 1940s dwelling in Lake Wendouree, Australia into a modern and light-filled family home. Large windows, contemporary furnishings and finishes breathe new life into the Ballarat property, but the clients and architects were also careful to preserve the home’s original historic elements as well. As a result, recycled and reclaimed materials were used throughout the renovation.

Renovations can often be stressful… 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

This modern hiking hotel blends into the dark alpine forests of Italy

The darkened wood façade of the award-winning Hotel Bühelwirt is specially tinted to reflect “the dark green, or often black forest tinge [that] seems to blend nature and topography with the building”. Pedevilla Architects designed the building as a natural extension of the breathtaking alpine landscapes of South Tyrol, Italy.

The 20-room hotel references traditional hiking hotels of the region. It marries simplicity with modern forms–rectangular forms meet an asymmetrical saddle roof… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This gorgeous modern treehouse hides a surprising interior

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1970s A-frame cabin transformed into light-filled modern getaway

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