• Akita is a low-energy home in Getxo, Spain, that leverages its Mediterranean climate with a design that optimizes its energy performance with a wealth of proven and available materials and technologies. Using passive ventilation and an abundance of natural light, the modular house creates comfortable and efficient living spaces within a small footprint that encourages higher-density development. Size: 62.98 cubic meters (approximately 680 square feet); Architect: Javier Aja Cantalejo, Bilbao, Spain.

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