First Platinum Multifamily Homes in SFC

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Belles Townhomes, a new residential project in the Presidio, recently took home LEED Platinum certification, according to a press release by LivingHomes.  Designed by KieranTimberlake, the seven-unit multifamily community will open for leasing later this year.  Belles Townhomes overlooks shared green space and was developed by Forest City in partnership with The Presidio Trust.

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By |October 6th, 2010|LEED, Modern architecture, Multifamily|5 Comments

Herman Miller Unveils New Sayl Chairs

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Imagine a suspension bridge with sailing vessels floating close by.  Both objects, the sail and the bridge, are represented in this new chair designed by Yves Béhar in collaboration with Herman Miller.  The sail is reflected in the name, Sayl, and look of the chair, while the bridge is reflected in the frameless back structure and colorful suspension material. 

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By |October 5th, 2010|Furniture, Modern design|0 Comments

Inspired by Nature: Topanga Collection

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Environment Furniture recently unveiled a new shelving system called the Topanga Collection.  The system was designed by creative director Jean-Marie Massaud and is made with a recycled-content, honeycomb cardboard that's strong and lightweight. 

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By |October 5th, 2010|Furniture, Modern design, Recycled|0 Comments

Blu Homes Revamps Element Eco Prefab

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Several months ago, we took a look at an Element prefab by Blu Homes in Rhode Island.  The Element model has been revised recently and now includes up to 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and 12′ ceilings.  The contemporary home design is available in two sizes, 36′ x 20’6″ or 48 x 20’6″, and comes standard with a number of green features:

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By |October 4th, 2010|Prefab|0 Comments

Inspired In Law Prefab Unveiled at WCG!

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For those of you near San Francisco, this Inspired In-Law Cottage is on display at the Fort Mason Center through West Coast Green 2010. Designed by Larson Shores Architects, the structure – an accessory dwelling unit designed to help folks age in place – was built by Eco Offsite in eight days and, after some button up work, completed one day later.

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By |October 1st, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|0 Comments

C3 Modular House Going Up in Chicago

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Square Root Architecture + Design just began construction of its first prefab home in Chicago.  The C3 Modular Home is participating in the Chicago Green Homes program and will shoot for LEED Platinum certification with green elements such as Energy Star appliances, WaterSense fixtures, a mini-split HVAC system, multiple layers of insulation, high performance windows, and a solar thermal system.

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By |September 30th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab|1 Comment