Category: Eco-Urban Design

The Rain Shine House

Decatur, USA2009 Robert M. Cain, Architectwww. robertmca і n. com The State of Georgia in the South Eastern United States enjoys a humid, subtropical climate. In winter, occasional polar air masses can bring cooler weather, however, Georgia is characterised by its typically hot and humid summers. The State can be affected by neighbouring Florida’s hurricane […]

Solar Tube

Vienna, Austria2001 driendl*architects www. driendl. at Austria’s largest city, Vienna, is the cultural, economic and political centre of the country. Approximately 2.3 million people (more than 25% of Austria’s population) live within the metropolitan area. In 2001 the city centre was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dobling, a leafy, rather wealthy, residential area […]

The Judkins Park House

Seattle, USA2007 b9 architects inc.www. b9architects. com Seattle, situated on America’s Pacific North West coast, has a strong reputation for pro-active civic policy. Urban design, building standards and the use of clean energy technologies are constantly reviewed. Seattle’s public leaders announced in February 2010 that the city aspires to become carbon neutral by 2030. Prior […]

Opus House

Darmstadt, Germany2007 opus ARCHITEKTEN BDAwww. opus-architekten. de 194 opusHouse I Darmstadt | Germany | Fig. 1 above | Fig. 2 opposite The design team employed a mainly passive strategy towards the goal of achieving an energy efficient development. A triple glazed facade with krypton filled cavities ensures the high insulation values of the building’s envelope. […]

Ehrlich Residence

Santa Monica, USA2004 John Friedman Alice Kimm Architectswww. jfak. net 186 Ehrlich Residence | Santa Monica | USA | Fig. 1 above | Fig. 2 opposite The solid, service elements of the Ehrlich Residence create a vertical internal massing which rises with the stairwell from 1st to 2nd floor. The creation of this atrium is […]

Gap House

London, England2009 Pitman Tozer Architectswww. pitmantozer. com Placed improbably between a pair of historical listed buildings, the contemporary facade of Gap House is a mere 2.3 metres wide. This newly built, four bedroom family home is the winner of the 2009 R. I.B. A. Manser Medal. Situated in a conservation area in West London, the […]

The Margarido House

Oakland, USA2008 Plumbob LLC www. onionflats. com 170 The Margarido House | Oakland | USA | Fig. 1 above | Fig. 2 above right | Fig. 3 below right KNUCKLE DETAILED MASSING DE-BUNKERED MASS The design strategy for the Margarido House skillfully integrated contemporary architectural styling with cutting edge, green technology. The photovoltaic canopy positioned […]

Lohbach Multiple. Independence

Innsbruck, Austria2008 driendl*architects www. driendl. at Named after the river Inn on which it lies, the city of Innsbruck, is the main conurbation in the Austrian Tyrol. To the north lie the Bavarian Alps, and to the south, the Oztal and Zillertall Alps. Within this western tail of the country, narrowed by mountains, Lohbach Multiple […]

La Petite Maison du Weekend

Any Outdoor Site1999 Patkau Architects Inc.www. patka u a rch itects. ca La Petite Maison du Weekend was constructed for the Fabrications Exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio. This prototype of a two person, self-sufficient dwelling, can be likened to the ‘concept’ cars to be found on the stands of […]


The facade of Thin Flats is at once a surface and a void, blurring the limits of the units within. The facade of the lower units is pushed back from the sidewalk to accommodate circulation, flood a ‘basement’ space with light aid in solar shading and create a veil from public view. Balconies on upper […]