The green house : new directions in sustainable architecture by Alanna Stang

By Alanna Stang

Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne have traveled to the farthest reaches of the globe to discover all that's new within the layout of sustainable, or "green," houses. the end result: greater than thirty-five apartments in fifteen nations -- and approximately each available average surroundings -- designed through a mixture of famous person architects and heretofore unknown practitioners.

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58 Suburb CO N CRET E C O R E A massive base of reinforced concrete serves as both structural anchor and passive solar collector, absorbing heat during the day and then slowly releasing it at night. C H I MNE Y E F F E C T In the warm months of summer, the retractable glass roof provides a convenient escape hatch for rising hot air as well an easy ingress for cool breezes. L O C A L MATER IALS Driendl used locally quarried granite as floor covering for both the first and second levels and maple wood grown in a neighboring forest for the custom cabinetry and furniture.

N AT UR A L L I GH T R E C L A I ME D WO O D NAT U R AL M ICR O CLIM AT E With a glass curtain-wall facade and strategically placed exposures on the side and rear elevations, the house uses nothing but natural light during the day. The massive Douglas fir crossbeams, which support the cantilevered roof, were reclaimed from a nearby construction site. The lush front garden, which includes a stream fed by recycled water, generates cool breezes and fresh air, both of which are lacking in Sea Train’s asphalt-covered neighborhood.

58 Suburb CO N CRET E C O R E A massive base of reinforced concrete serves as both structural anchor and passive solar collector, absorbing heat during the day and then slowly releasing it at night. C H I MNE Y E F F E C T In the warm months of summer, the retractable glass roof provides a convenient escape hatch for rising hot air as well an easy ingress for cool breezes. L O C A L MATER IALS Driendl used locally quarried granite as floor covering for both the first and second levels and maple wood grown in a neighboring forest for the custom cabinetry and furniture.

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