The structure of the home mimics the letter ‘H’ in its form with the living dining and lounge spaces forming the central hub while the personal quarters and the bedrooms are confined to the flanks on both sides. The interiors are both spacious and well ventilated with extravagant use of glass being an apparent feature all around. The passages to the wings are compressed between gently moving water courses inspired by the canals of Suzhou and Venice.
The home’s living room features bright walls and warm wooden accents as well as slatted seating. Low-wattage LED lighting is a priority. Shelving and surface-top space is anything but scarce as you can see:
Next we shine the spotlight on Paradigm a prefab home that made a splash at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco California. This series of homes was developed by Bogue Trondowski Architects in conjunction with Method Homes:
Paradigm is available in a range of sizes from studio to three-bedroom dwellings. As stated on the Bogue Trondowski site “The homes are designed to be energy and water Net Zero and are targeting LEED Platinum the Passivhaus Standard and 6 of the 7 petals of the Living Building Challenge once designs are adjusted for site specific conditions.” Yep they’re eco-friendly!
The presence of wood is felt even indoors as the flooring and sporadic presence of the material in exclusive corners gives the home a warm and welcoming appeal. Spacious living and dining areas are separated by a courtyard allowing for ample natural ventilation.