Tonight, Michelle Kaufmann announced that her firm will participate in the "smart home: green + wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry ("MSI") opening May 8, 2008. MKD will exhibit a modern, green prefab on parkland just southeast of MSI. The project has been in the works for a few months, and over the last week, they’ve broken ground and laid the foundation. As rendered above, the full-sized mkSolaire will demonstrate the mk 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living.
I’m a huge fan of Project7Ten — the first traditionally-built, LEED Platinum home in California (read: non-prefab). But the developers are going after another first, that is, to be the first LEED Platinum home sold on Ebay. That’s right. News that Project7Ten is being sold through AuctionWire is a little shocking to me, too. Why. sell. your. home. via. auction. on. Ebay? Can someone tell me the rationale for an auction-based sale? I mean, I know the market is a little choppy right now, but people with money always have money. Is it really that tough to find a purchaser for one of the greenest homes in CA?
Or stated differently, I guess one can look at this a couple different ways: (1) the seller wants to find a quick purchaser and is trying to cast a wide net for potential candidates, or (2) the house isn’t selling and ebay was the next best idea to try to move it. Certainly, the celebrity state of California has enough candidates for a super stylish, green home, right?
The original website for this house by Architekt Kuczia is not in english, so here’s a quick synopsis of some of the details: "The construction costs of this simple house were low and the lifecycle costs will be reduced. The built form is designed to optimize the absorbance of solar energy. 80% of the building envelope is directed towards the sun. “Black box”, a three storey structure clad with dark fibre cement panels, is warmed by the sun and offers a view on the lake." Notice the living roof? Via WAN.
I’m loving the fact that prefab buyers are starting blogs to journal their process — it’s quite informational for everyone out there that would like to do the same. There’s a blog called the Secret Fortress Hideout documenting the progress of a "super-cool, prefab home ‘somewhere’ in the wilds of Northwest Arkansas." They’re in the final stages of construction, and I’m excitedly waiting final photos of both the exterior and interior.
It is, as you can tell from the images, a Rocio Romero designed home, the LVL Model. The LVL Model is 1,453 sf and 25’1" x 59’6", including a living room, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and closets. Click here to buy your own (it is Christmas after all, why not?).