I was excited to get an email this morning regarding the pilot episode of The Natural House, which is produced by Distant Planet Media. The beginning of the video takes us through the Kelly Woodford Mountain Retreat in Oregon, a home we talked about previously. It’s a net zero energy home, creating as much energy as it uses. The producers were kind enough to allow embedding on this one, so watch and share away!
Update 4/23/09: Celadon Eco Townhomes Now Complete!
This is a development by Origin Development called Celadon. Celadon has 24 units of minimalist, modern, eco-friendly townhouses, and the good people of Charlotte are dang close to snatching up the entire lot. Only two left. Celadon was designed by a LEED accredited architect, so it looks to be green with a luxury twist (certification will be through the NC HealthyBuilt Homes Program). Green features include bamboo floors, natural skylights, recycled glass tiles, low-emitting cabinetry, energy-efficient appliances, fly-ash mixed concrete, unit submetering, high-efficiency HVAC, and xeriscaping, etc.
I love these chips. Oregon-based Kettle Foods just received the LEED Gold certification for their new 73,000 sf chip facility in Beloit, Wisconsin. As you would expect with a LEED certified building, it has a lot of green aspects, including energy-efficient equipment, water filtration and conservation equipment, and low-VOC, healthy materials. They also installed 18 wind turbines on the roof, which, according to a press release, will generate enough electricity to produce 56,000 bags of chips every year.
Today, Michelle Kaufmann Designs officially announced their newest home, the mkLoft. MkLoft is a townhouse loft home with 2 bedrooms, 1 loft, and 2 bathrooms, all wrapped up in a modern package. The home has double-height living space, comes solar-ready, and has all the wonderful, green materials and interior details that come standard in MKD homes: high-performance mechanical systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, fsc-certified cabinetry, etc.
One of the cool things about mkLoft is its scalability. Units can be 2-story or 3-story, live/work or residential, and the lower level can be parking, retail, or studio. You name it. You can have one or one hundred units, depending on your project needs. Developers can rely on the expertise of MKD for predictability in time and cost. mkLoft prices out at $130 – $140 psf, and you’re in the lower price range if the project calls for +40 units. mkLoft is the ultimate multifamily solution for developers wanting to go green.
Do you live in a house that has so much embedded history and character that it would be a major disaster if something ever happened to it? There are homes like that. A long time ago, a Pittsburgh department store businessman named Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., retained Frank Lloyd Wright to design a weekend home. That home is the famous Fallingwater. Kaufmann also commissioned Richard Neutra for home in Palm Springs. That home is the 1946 Kaufmann House, a masterpiece of glass, steel, and stone. But, as the story goes, it hasn’t always received masterpiece treatment.
If the house could speak, I think, it would have an interesting story to tell. Barry Manilow lived in The Kaufmann House for a bit. It was neglected and abandoned for some duration of time, when Brent and Beth Harris stumbled upon it. They bought it for a paltry $1.5 million and hired Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner to restore it. I heard Marmol talk about its restoration about a year ago — they proceeded cautiously and deliberately to bring all the subtle details back. The Harris couple acquired some surrounding plots of land and brought the glory of the original back to life.
Floor-to-ceiling glass panels, accented with glass and metal fins … this is 555 Mission Street. The base of the building will have a public plaza with a so called "garden of light"– an organic, living space with fiber-optic light wands. The 33-floor building is will be state-of-the-art and with all those windows, it’ll need to filter the natural light without burning up the interior in the summer. Slated for completion in the third quarter of 2008, the building will have dual-panel, insulated glazing windows with low-e coating. In total, 555 Mission Street will have approximately 550,000 rentable square feet and what seems to be incredible views of the city and the bay — I really like this first image below. Word is, the building will be LEED certified,
although I haven’t been able to verify that or the level of planned certification. See updates below.