Mar Azul House By BAK Architects

If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise... for nestled in the forest at the beachside resort of Mar Azul, Buenos Aires, lies BAK Architects' Casa Mar Azul; the environmentally low-impact summer house that's anything but.

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Built in 2004, this striking retreat was created to fulfil a brief, the inherent ethic of which was to design a low-budget home of low impact upon the landscape and to consequently require little maintenance. Reclaimed materials and a great consideration towards light, both natural and synthetic, bore Casa Mar Azul; the realisation of architecture at once blending with and yet punctuating its natural environment.

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Photos by Gustavo Sosa Pinilla (see more at www.digsdigs.com

Via: Modern House Design


Dwell Development's "Beacon Hill

A recently completed project in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle, Washington, is just the proof that those looking for stunning, eco-friendly family residences ought to Dwell on it. Design/construct firm Dwell Development is a Seattle-specific business whose eye-catching aesthetics and proven 'green' credentials can be accredited, in part at least, to their strict adherence of their work ethic. Think 'quality rather than quantity' and you'll have Dwell's self-styled philosophy in a nutshell. Their commitment to superiority within sustainability is, though, not merely resting upon the residential unit alone, but with an eye to its immediate environment and the potential for the evolution of community.

Dwell Developments

The Beacon Hill development is comprised of four free-standing and individually unique family homes whose generous proportions and striking finishes belie Dwell's accute attention to eco-friendly detail. Each of these residential units is Built Green 5-Star Certified, a lofty achievement indeed for these over-1600-square-foot, 3-storey abodes. But it is Dwell's consideration towards a harmonious sustainability of socio-environmental issues which takes these residences from houses to homes, where high-end meets the encouragement of well-being. Not only are these family homes exceptionally well-placed for lower-impact transportation, safety, and a consideration towards a truly sustainable community, but the spacious, well-lit interiors lined with stunning wood flooring promotes a Scandinavian-style sense of tranquility. And so, Dwell's 'Beacon Hill' certainly looks to be lighting the way forward for a supportive maintenance of not only the residential unit, but the family unit, also.

Dwell Developments

Dwell Developments

Dwell Developments

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Via: Modern House Design


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