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Sustainable urban home offers sweeping views over Seattle skyline

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This contemporary 4,815 square foot sustainable urban home was designed by Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects, located in Seattle, Washington. The exterior facade features a compact form designed to maximize views of the home’s surroundings, while responding to its micro climate. Sustainable features were integrated into the architecture, including a rainwater collection system on the roof. This […]



Fascinating rammed earth home piercing the deserts of Arizona

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This spectacular modern rammed earth home was designed against a mountainous backdrop by Kendle Design Collaborative, located in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The 4,700 square foot residence was constructed with humble materials of earth, wood, stone and glass. A modest yet sophisticated material palette was selected to create warm, contemplative living spaces that connects with the natural desert […]

Semi-detached dwelling in Sydney with sustainable features

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This modern sustainable home was designed by architectural studio Day Bukh Architects, located in Randwick, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The design team was tasked with creating an addition to this dark, Federation style semi-detached dwelling. The backyard was closed off from the home, which failed to create an indoor-outdoor connection. By adding […]

LEED Platinum contemporary ranch house in Northern California

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This two-story contemporary ranch house designed by ORR Design Office is LEED Platinum certified, located the town of Danville, in the San Ramon Valley in Contra Costa County, California. This stunning property was the second home in Contra Costa County to achieve the prestigious “Platinum” green status. LEED means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, with Platinum being the […]

Phenomenal desert contemporary showcase home in Nevada

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This luxurious desert contemporary showhome was conceived by design-build firm Blue Heron, located in Seven Hills in the McCullough Mountains of Henderson, Nevada. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) selected this firm to design and build the 2013 New American Home. The design team acted as the architect, interior designer and builder for this three-story, 8,143 […]

Sustainable modern-rustic barn house in Pennsylvania

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A sustainably designed barn house was skillfully conceived by Moger Mehrhof Architects, nestled on a 10-acre property in Chester County, Pennsylvania. This beautiful farmhouse is blanketed by mature growth trees, creating a beautiful surrounding to enjoy this countryside home. A team of professionals worked on this home to conceptualize every details before beginning the construction process. The architect […]

Net-zero home in Sonoma features indoor-outdoor living and a green roof

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This contemporary net-zero was designed by architects Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, located on a property surrounded by mature oak trees and a natural pond in Sonoma, California. The homeowners wished to have the design of their home reflect and indoor-outdoor living environment to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. They wanted to provide their overnight guests with simple access to […]

LEED Silver house in Atlanta nestles into its wooded environment

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This modern residence with a LEED Silver rating is home to the principal architects at TaC Studios Architecture, located in Atlanta, Georgia. After years of developing ‘Green’ strategies for their clients, they wished to apply several of these techniques, systems and products into their new home/studio. Not only does the home have its LEED Silver rating, […]

LEED Platinum New Mexico retreat half-buried in desert terrain

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Designed by Overland Partners, this desert retreat is buried into a hillside, with its low profile emphasized by a series of landscaped roofs, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The design of the structure was inspired by the lands history of Anasazi settlers, known for their cliff dwellings. The residence is comprised of 40,000 gross square feet, […]

A sustainable house in Madrid nestled amongst the trees

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A sustainable house nestled amongst oaks, pines and firs, rehabilitated with the help of the homeowner’s neighbor and friend, architect Antonio Guzman, located in Madrid, Spain. Nature has become the essence of the interior of this home, with extensive glazing to capture the outdoor environment. Taking a whole year for the reform, the living spaces […]