Off the Grid Day Labor Station


Today, the Holcim Foundation honored four projects with Global Holcim Awards – a nod to projects that improve lives, reduce environmental footprints, and lead the way to a more sustainable future.  I thought the “Innovation” project was quite interesting.  The $50k Innovation prize went to Liz Ogbu and John Peterson of San Francisco-based Public Architecture for their design of an informal station where laborers can meet and wait for casual work.  If you haven’t already seen the self-contained, off-the-grid station, check it out below:


By |May 8th, 2009|Affordable, Modern architecture, News|1 Comment

Modern Green Affordable Shift Home


Inspired by the likes of Dwell and the 100k House, and Shift Development came together with an idea.  They thought it would be interesting to have a modern, green, and affordable home designed by an entire community online.  Ideas are posted online and the community can make suggestions for changes.  Their idea became the Shift Home.  You can see how the design has changed in the past few months, but to be clear, this home is not just a thought experiment.  Shift Development breaks ground in late-May, or thereabouts. 


By |May 4th, 2009|Affordable, Modern architecture|12 Comments

Green Clayton i-house Launches at $75k

iHouse Clayton Homes

On Saturday, the world descended upon Omaha, Nebraska for the annual shareholder meeting of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRKA and BRKB).  Clayton Homes is one of the company's subsidiaries and officially launched the much talked about i-house at the annual meeting.  We mentioned the i-house in January, and since that time, a number of readers have asked about specifics.  Well, the i-house website is now up, and Clayton Homes is giving us details:


By |May 3rd, 2009|Prefab, Single Family|19 Comments

LEED Platinum Georgia RainShine House


The RainShine House — designed by Robert M. Cain, Architect, AIA, LEED AP and built by Pinnacle Custom Builders — has received LEED Platinum certification.  According to a recent press release, it's the first modernist residence in the Southeastern U.S. to achieve such a lofty green certification.  The Decatur, Georgia home will be featured in the Modern Atlanta Home Tour on May 16-17, so if you're in the area go check it out.  It's beautiful, and I have a feeling a media wave is about to hit.  Here are some of the green products and elements of the home:


By |May 1st, 2009|Modern architecture, Single Family|5 Comments

A Reclaimed Straw Bale Bunkhouse


Readers liked Caleb Schafer's $70k Simple Modern Home, so I thought it'd be interesting to quickly mention his thesis project, which was all about green design and construction.  The project was to design and build a modern, straw bale bunkhouse for his parents.  Caleb and his dad built the structure with reclaimed barn beams (power washed and sealed), reclaimed Malaysian hardwood flooring, local straw, locally harvested lumbar, and materials from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  It's a reclaimed straw bale bunkhouse!

Update: Caleb tells me they spent a total of ~$15k to build this.


By |April 30th, 2009|Modern architecture|3 Comments

Modern Passive Solar Cascade House


This house — designed by Paul Raff Studio — has been recognized by GreenSource Magazine as the Best Green House for April 2009.  The 3,500 square-foot home was optimally situated to receive natural light and efficiently built using SIPs.  With automated shades, passive ventilation, and mature deciduous trees, the Cascade House stays cool in the summer and absorbs warm light in the winter. 


By |April 30th, 2009|Modern architecture, Single Family|6 Comments