With the European counterpart to the Solar Decathlon now complete, the team from University of Florida walks away as winner of the Internet Award based on online voting open during the competition. Their home, Project RE:FOCUS, blends three elements from historic Florida houses — a covered open porch, a breezeway oriented to prevailing winds, and a porous breathable skin — in a striking way.
This tiny house — the L41 House — has been sneaking around the internet over the past few months. It was on display at the Vancouver Olympics and visitors seemed to take a liking to the 220-square-foot beauty. Designed by Michael Katz and Janet Corne, L41 House is small, energy efficient, and sacrifices nothing but extraneous space.
Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture recently let us know of a newly completed Passive House in Borlänge, Sweden. It’s beautiful, prefabricated, contemporary, and, stating the obvious, circular. The 1,700 square-foot home features an interior atrium, lake-facing kitchen and living room, and more private bedrooms and bathrooms on the other side of the home.
Before joining forces with Shepley Bulfinch, Merz Project, architect of the Galleries at Turney, had a small paragraph of information on their website about “asul” prefabs planned for “Prescott Community.” While I never was able to learn any thing new about the endeavor, it turns out that ASUL will debut at Dwell on Design this week.
This luxury green home, 2002 Alpine, is the kind of place that may make you feel uncomfortable with preconceived notions of luxury, home size, and sustainability. The $3.5 million home was precision built in a WeberHaus factory in Germany and is expected to use only 18% of the total energy consumed by the average American home. The interior is also entirely hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
It seems green homes continue to sell well in these economic times. Last month, two model homes at Mosaic Walk opened to visitors and, with purchase incentives and pricing from the low $300,000, phase one sold out completely. Located in Garden Grove in northern Orange Country, Mosaic Walk has been designed and built for LEED certification.