sustainable: single-family

  • spec lightly

    After graduating from architecture school, John Smith cast off for Germany to build prototype houses from discarded shipping containers. Now back on native soil in Houston and toiling for a commercial firm, Smith has a similar goal of creating compact, yet nicely detailed housing stateside.

     
  • modular 3, kansas city, kan.

    This modular residence by Studio 804, architect Dan Rockhill's student design/build program at the University of Kansas, barely touches the ground.

     
  • inside and out in africa

    Architects all over the world strive to establish a strong indoor-outdoor connection in their work. But a 12,863-square-foot lodge in South Africa by Los Angeles-based DRY Design takes the idea of living with nature even further than most.

     
  • basic training

    This Miller/Hull Partnership project focuses on the sustainable basics of responsible orientation, passive heating and cooling, and sensitive site preparation.

     
  • big and green

    green building is booming, but until homeowners are ready to embrace the less-is-more attitude can big and green peacefully coexist?

     
  • random harvest

    After several years of tentative steps, national green building programs are making strides toward getting their residential guidelines—and their delivery systems—up and running. Just finishing up is the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes pilot project, a year-and-a-half-long experiment...

     
  • green dream

    In the workaday world, creative architects are limited by such prosaic matters as clients' tastes and budgets.

     
  • loblolly house, taylors island, md.

    This house on the Chesapeake Bay defers to the natural site and distills its essence. Located on a cordgrass marsh, the house rests on random pilings that blend in with the pine grove. 

     
  • unfettered vision

    John Lautner tended to set his expectations high. He wanted his architecture to nourish clients both mentally and spiritually, as well as satisfy their basic need for shelter. At the Arango House on Mexico's Acapulco Bay, he realized this grand ambition to glorious effect.

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
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