Nestled in the hillside of Virginia mountains, the farmstead of David and Lisa Wallace received Passive House Certification. This is a net-zero-energy home; it can be heated on the coldest of winter nights with the energy required to power two hair dryers.
The Rabot Tourist Cabin is one of many DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) lodging facilities throughout Norway. It is located at 1200 meters above sea level, close to the glacier at Okstindan in northern Norway. The site is spectacular and the mountains and glaciers are in close proximity. The weather can be extremely harsh and the structure is constructed for heavy winds and storm.
A “handmade” house is perhaps the antithesis of the machine-made homes many of us know today. The hand built movement blossomed in the second half of the last century, with architects, untrained builders, and designers going into the country and making their own homes in protest against the turbulent events of the time.
This organic design, of the aptly-named Brick House, is playfully opposing its incredible modernist features. iSTUDIO Architecture from India was responsible for the design of this stunning residence. Located a midst the rural settlements in Wada, the gently sloping and curving brick structure beautifully mimics the topography of the surrounding hills and farms.
This off-grid house set in the Navajo Reservation in Utah, has been designed by the non-profit organisationDesignBuildBLUFF. The house is one of many environmentally friendly homes that the organisation has built.
Believe it or not, peak phosphorus is probably our biggest global emergency, but hardly anyone is talking about it.
LR Sustainable House by Tecto Architecture is located in Buzau County, Romania and is a ‘form follows’ energy design. This means that the building orientation and its overall shape were specifically designed to take advantage of natural daylight.
It grows out of the site enhancing the grace of the surrounding nature. Architect Mahesh Naik’s ‘Moonlight’ – the farmhouse in Kot, Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra in India, sees him using a simple approach to designing – without defined lines of front, rear or side. The architecture of Moonlight has no beginning nor ending. The outside and inside merge seamlessly; the architecture of the site and that of the structure becomes one.