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Low Impact Dwelling on Orcas Island

This is North Beach Residence on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands in Washington.  The 2,070 square-foot project received a national AIA Honor Award this year and is owned by Rysia Sucheca and John Warburton for use as a summer house from May through October.  It was designed by Heliotrope Architects and built by David Shore Construction.

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Art Stable Designed for Cross Ventilation

Art Stable is an award-winning project in the Cascade neighborhood of South Lake Union in Seattle.  Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects and developed by Point32, Art Stable includes ground-floor commercial and six live-work lofts (of which only two remain on the market).  The project was built on an urban infill site — formerly a horse stable — and cleverly incorporates some of its work-ranch history in the design.

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A Smart Prototype for New Modern Prefab

This new home embodies one of the most interesting developments in prefab to hit the West Coast in several years.  The Sunlight Residence, a 2,560 square-foot home listed for sale at $850,000, is a prototype by Proto Homes constructed in a hybrid-prefab system with all sorts of smart, green, and stylish elements.  It’s completely wired — each new home comes with an iPad to control the lights, music, cameras, alarm, temperature, and fireplace — and quite green, too.

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Two-Container Backyard Office in Oakland

In 2005, Stephen Shoup, founder of design-build firm building LAB inc., bought a furniture and woodcarving building to convert it into a live-work space.  But Shoup’s firm outgrew the space — and Shoup went from singlehood to fatherhood — so he concocted a plan to create more room in the backyard.  He fashioned a modern, green office space from a retired freezer and a corrugated shipping container unit set in an L-shape.

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Natural Modern Flat Pack Cabin in Canada

Form & Forest recently announced the completion of their beautiful, proof-of-concept, flat-pack cabin on the banks of the Blaeberry River in Golden, British Columbia.  The Pioneer model prefab has 1,740 square feet, a mono pitch roof, 180 degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass, and a smart design with large overhangs and cross ventilation.

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Efficient SIPs Lanefab House in Vancouver

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When you build one of the first laneway houses in Vancouver – and a modern, green one at that – you tend to attract a crowd.  The open house of this home gathered more than a 1,000  visitors with a one-hour backlog at times.  It’s the first in Vancouver’s EcoDensity program, which allows for a small, alley-access structure on existing single-family property.

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