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home front

  • solar flair

    As if we needed any more evidence that solar houses can be both high-performing and beautiful, comfortable places to live, the 2009 Solar Decathlon has once again proved the point.


green piece

  • family affair

    When Charles R. Stinson, AIA, and his sons, Jason and Joshua, purchased a 100-year-old house in Chanhassen, Minn., their initial intent was to tear it down and build new. But as they began demolition, they realized the structure—a former nunnery—had solid bones. So the Minneapolis-area trio decided...


green pieces

  • low lights

    Kichler Lighting's Design Pro LED discs.

  • graze the roof

    Carlisle SynTec's Vegetated Sedum Tiles.

  • trickle down

    Hanson Hardscapes' Aquaflow permeable paving system.


k+b studio

  • bath: pair of aces

    The master bath of 543 House (in the first two slides above) bears a strong family resemblance to the kitchen that occupies the space just below it. Its long sink counter and splash surfaces are white Corian, its flush-front cabinetry is teak, and its geometry favors strong, monolithic elements.

  • kitchen: dining out

    To get both an open interior and a full garage on a 30-foot-by-80-foot lot, architects Barbara Callas and Steven Shortridge, AIA, gave 543 House, as it's called, a section that rises in a staggered series of split levels.



  • off the beaten path

    Think of architectural hot spots, and you think of big cities: Boston, Chicago, New York. Major metropolitan areas thrive on diversity and innovation, but they're also known for pollution, traffic, and expensive real estate, and not every architect wants to live in one. Small towns have trade-offs...


architects' choice

  • carolina blues

    Frank Harmon Architect: Jacob's Creek Stone Co.'s Nor Carla Bluestone.

  • zip it

    Kaplan Thompson Architects: Huber Engineered Woods' ZIP System building envelopes.

  • greenprints

    Specht Harpman: Weston Solutions' GreenGrid modular system.

  • ground cover

    Obie G. Bowman, Architect: Grace Construction Products' Hydroduct 660 drainage composite sheet and Bituthene 4000 pre-formed waterproof membrane.

  • rough and ready

    Obie G. Bowman Architect: Redwood Lumber and Supply Co.'s rough-sawn lumber products.

  • playing the angles

    Obie G. Bowman Architect: Solarium & Skylight Systems' window products.

  • hardie boy

    Shipley Architects: James Hardie Building Products' fiber cement siding.

  • vintage appeal

    Shipley Architects: DuroDesign's 100 percent postindustrial cork flooring.

  • in the groove

    Shipley Architects: MBCI's corrugated metal roofing and wall materials.

  • good sense

    Holst Architecture: Kohler Co.'s Cimarron 1.28-gallons-per-flush toliet tank.

  • a coat above

    Holst Architecture: Miller Paint Co.'s zero-VOC Acro Pure paint.

  • tough outlook

    Holst Architecture: Cascadia Windows' fiberglass windows.

  • can do

    Alchemy Architects: Lightolier's energy-saving Calculite LED.

  • tera firma

    Alchemy Architects: Teragren's Synergy strand bamboo flooring.

  • rain coat

    Alchemy Architects: VaproShield's WallShield breathable membrane.

  • green screen

    Hays + Ewing Design Studio: CENTRIA Architectural Systems' EcoScreen perforated screen walls.

  • hot item

    Hays + Ewing Design Studio: Cambia Building Products' thermally modified lumber.

  • sun times

    Kaplan Thompson Architects: Apricus Solar Co.'s solar heating system.

  • state of vegetation

    Kaplan Thompson Architects: LiveRoof's modular roof system.

  • paper weight

    Kaplan Thompson Architects: Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association's cellulose insulation.

  • show your metal

    Frank Harmon Architect: American Iron and Steel Institute's pre- and post-consumer recycled steel.

  • have a heart

    Frank Harmon Architect: Heartwood Pine Floors' reclaimed 100 percent heartwood pine flooring.

  • greens fees

    Frank Harmon Architect: Living Roofs' green roof consultation, design, construction and maintenance.

  • the bruck stops here

    Carter + Burton Architecture: Ledra II track lights from Bruck.

  • in sod they trust

    Carter + Burton Architecture: Building Logics' EnviroTech sod roof systems.

  • faux real

    Carter + Burton Architecture: Fossil Faux Studios' custom resin panels.

  • blue ribbon panels

    Carter + Burton Architecture: AFM's R-Control SIPs

  • seal of approval

    Specht Harpman: osmo North America's One Coat Only transparent sealer.

  • cell it

    Specht Harpman: BioBased Technologies' spray foam insulation.

  • bucket brigade

    Specht Harpman: Tank Town's rainwater collection system

  • rubber made

    Minarc: Rubber-Cal's recycled rubber sheet and tile products.

  • daily mass

    Minarc: Portland Cement Association's concrete flooring materials.

  • clad wrap

    Minarc: U.S. Architectural Products' Cem-Clad panels.

  • solar sandwich

    David Vandervort Architects: Silicon Energy's Cascade Series PV modules.

  • triple play

    David Vandervort Architects: 3form USA's Varia ecoresin line of translucent architectural panels.

  • lovely leftovers

    David Vandervort Architects: Tiger Mountain Innovations' Squak Mountain Stone.

  • seamless install

    David Vandervort Architects: AEP Span's Design Span hp standing seam.

  • cotton pick

    TANNERHECHT Architecture: Bonded Logic's UltraTouch insulation.

  • aluminum remix

    TANNERHECHT Architecture: Renewed Materials' Alkemi recycled aluminum solid surfacing.

  • artists' palette

    TANNERHECHT Architecture: YOLO Colorhouse's 100 percent acrylic, no-VOC paint.

  • repeat performances

    TANNERHECHT Architecture: Building Materials Reuse Association's reclaimed wood

  • architects' choice

    For our annual architects' choice issue, we decided to focus the field of selections on the proliferating category of sustainable building products. we consulted the experts-architects on the front lines of green specifications-to find out what really works in both design and practice. read about...


shelter lab

  • basics training

    For such a tiny house, this 320-square-foot dwelling in Marfa, Texas, serves many purposes. San Antonio architect Candid Rogers, AIA, designed it for himself as a weekend retreat. But the project also serves as a teaching tool for his University of Texas at San Antonio students, who make the...



new material

  • cirque du soleil

    Foscarini SRL's Le Soleil suspension lamp.

  • steel rose

    Omnia Industries' stainless steel square rose latch.

  • letter set

    WETSTYLE's M collection of modern modular bath products.

  • a shade better

    Luxo Corp.'s L-1 architect lamp.

  • full exposure

    Meld USA's Xposed eco-composite solid surfacing.



  • ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells

    Last fall, the principals of ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells made good on their long-held plan to buy their own place. The circa 1955 building they chose—once home to an auto repair shop in the heart of San Diego's Ocean Beach community—was “a diamond in the rough, at its roughest,” recalls...


Other Articles

  • solidly light

    Hays + Ewing Design Studio: Kalwall Corp.'s Kalwall+ Nanogel translucent cladding and roofing system.