The E.D.G.E. of a Modern Green Home


This modern residence, monastic and fantastic at the same time, is called E.D.G.E., an Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment.  It’s small, with 480 square-feet of space, yet the space appears plentiful as it transforms to suit a variety of uses.  Plus it’s beautiful inside and out and has some incredible green elements.


Revelations Architects designed and built E.D.G.E. and took home an Honor Award this year from AIA Wisconsin for their work.  The firm prefabricated E.D.G.E. and, after making a stop at the local fair, assembled the home overlooking Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

E.D.G.E. is not meant to be an exclusive prototype or anything like that.  Revelations Architects says, “we would be glad to explain what it takes to have one,” according to their website.

In terms of green elements, E.D.G.E. has rainwater harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, heat recovery ventilation, passive solar design, and insulated shutter doors to control heat gain.

While the exterior is compelling, the interior, as you can tell by this video from Art City, is intriguing.  It’s finished in precision-cut Baltic birch plywood and the furniture transforms so that the owners can entertain, eat, sleep, and work.






[+] Get more information on E.D.G.E. from Revelations Architects.

Credits: Dan Hoffman Photography.

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  • gerrr!

    Gorgeous. Wish I had the money to build my own house. Damn this profession.

    • Ines

      I wish I had the knowledge to understand all those technical specifications. This is why the only thing I can say is “gorgeous” :)

      • gerrr!

        Really, it’s not that technical. The implementation is technical, but the basic understanding isn’t.Passive solar is designing the building to take advantage of solar energy without any mechanical means. Long overhangs and deciduous trees planted at the proper distance from south-facing windows = cooler Summer and warmer Winter.Rainwater harvesting is diversion of water from impervious surfaces such as a roof, to a collection container, to be used for other purposes (depending upon local building codes).Heat recovery systems, recirculate interior air mixed with fresh outdoor air, to lower costs of having to heat all fresh outdoor air, while exhausting old air through building ventilation.Insulated sliding shutter doors is simply an attempt to increase the R-Value of the weak spots (doors and windows) either when you’re not at home, or when you’re going to sleep and those windows serve only to leak heat out.Geothermal heating/cooling depends on your geography. You can pump water down to get it heated and bringing it back up to be used directly, or using a coolant in the pipe to extract the heat to be used in a variety of indirect ways.

        But when you look at this building, it’s not so obvious that they’ve implemented all these green strategies. All we see is a gorgeous home, really.

  • ds

    do not like – if this was a container building – ok, but it is not – so why to make so much compromises with space ?
    i liked the stairs to “second” floor.

    • Lance Walker

      the “space compromises” are to lessen environmental impact primarily by reducing energy consumption to heat and cool the space.

  • Alteredspaceinc

    Great house ! Love it ! I was curious about the raised roof structure, I assume it is a solar paneled roof, but it appears to be flat underneath with an A-framed roof. Please tell us more about the roof structure and what equipment may be installed upon it. A better pic. of the roof would be appreciated.

  • Luanne

    What is the cost per square foot for such a dwelling?

    • midwesterndays

      I would also love to know!

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  • dr randoplph scott

    Guys – put this on

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