This is the new extension portion of a cottage house in Venice, California, which was designed by Canadian architects Bricault Design. The ground level of the extension features large glass doors that swing open to a grassy courtyard, while the exterior cladding is part cedar batten and part greenery comprised of native plants and vegetables. It's a striking combination of natural materials.
Bricault Design was tasked with creating a space that blends the interior and exterior while eliminating the need for air conditioning. The staircase helps accomplish this by doubling as a cooling chimney to allow breezes to pass throughout the home.
All the landscaping is nurtured with captured rainwater and recycled domestic grey water. And the green roof sports a solar photovoltaic array that is, apparently, sufficient to meet the needs of the homeowners. Other green features include: radiant infloor heating, low-flush toilets, low-VOC paints and finishes, cork rubber flooring, formaldehyde free cabinetry, and LED lighting.