Solar-powered home cuts a bold and sculptural silhouette in Melbourne

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When Melbourne and Paris-based architecture firm Ola Studio was tapped to create a suburban single-family home in Melbourne, they based their design around the clients’ love for art as well as the industrial loft-like spaces of converted warehouses they were accustomed to. The end result is a partly gabled home that pays homage to its surrounding local and historic context while exuding an undeniably contemporary appearance. The house, named Ross, is powered using a solar photovoltaic array and… 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

Confluence Park’s new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to the teamwork between American firms Lake Flato and Matysys with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater.

 

Confluence Park is located at the spot where the San Antonia River merges with San Pedro Creek. Covering just over 3… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gleaming, recyclable facade clads a solar-powered Dutch house

Move over brick and mortar—a new house in Amsterdam is eschewing the traditional facade for a striking alternative that gleams golden in the sun. Local architecture practice MOPET architecten designed the contemporary home—named the Brass House Amsterdam—for a family who sought sustainable features. In addition to its fully recyclable facade, the house is equipped with solar panels, LEDs, and triple-insulated glazing.

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A couple turns a Mercedes Sprinter into a solar-powered home on wheels

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Sail your worries away on this solar-powered floating tiny home

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Solar-powered cube home in Australia hovers over the landscape

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Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Like many places across the U.S., the real estate market is booming in Aspen, Colorado. As companies move in to replenish the dwindling housing inventory, one real estate developer hopes to provide a more sustainable alternative to inevitable onslaught of cookie-cutter homes. Working in collaboration with San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design, the developer has completed a solar-powered dwelling that serves as a new energy-efficient prototype for speculative real estate in Aspen.

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Solar-powered seaside cabin blends prefab design with traditional building techniques

This small solar-powered hideaway in British Columbia mirrors the natural incline of the cliff on which it sits. Architecture studio Battersby Howat worked together with Hinterland Design who assembled a small team of craftsmen to build the Valdes Island Shack as a cozy retreat that combines prefab design and traditional building techniques.

The 386-square-foot cabin sits on a bluff overlooking the Salish Sea and features solar power and a rainwater filtration system. A team of Hinterland Design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building