Casa De Carmen

Set between a vast track of tropical desert and the shimmering water of the Pacific Ocean, Leddy Maytum Stacy's Casa de Carmen is designed for both shade and spectacular views. Part of a new development in an unpopulated area, their lot a 70-by-250-f00t-l0ng swath atop a 20-foot-high bluff facing the Pacific is twenty minutes from the nearest town. While the property's splendid isolation appealed to the couple as a perfect antidote to their life up north, its consequent lack of utilities water...

Cameraready Green Design

One afternoon several months ago, we found ourselves waiting in the quiet, impossibly picturesque Swiss town of Domat Ems to meet an architect named Dietrich Schwarz. Though still in his thirties, Schwarz has already earned a reputation as one of Switzerland's leading practitioners of the environmentally friendly approach to architecture known as sustainable, or green, design. Using a combination of new, high-tech materials some of his own invention and old-fashioned architectural wisdom, he...

Sqlarhaus

Dietrich Schwarz House Domat Ems

Architectural firm designer year Schwarz Architektur Dietrich Schwarz 2000 When it comes to Dietrich Schwarz's SolarHaus III, the Roman numeral tells a story. The house, which sits in a low-rise, low-density collection of single-family designs in the Swiss town of Ebnat-Kappel, looks simple. Its long wood and glass profile is attractively spare and rectilinear, and noticeably horizontal against the rising backdrop ofthe Alps. But the building's very simplicity also represents a substantial...

Colorado Court

The most advanced sustainable projects tend to serve highend clients, whether they are wealthy, far-sighted individuals willing to pay extra to push the boundaries of green design or deep-pocketed companies banking on the long-term benefits and positive publicity that come along with environmentally efficient architecture. Very few commercial clients who are scrambling to make ends meet decide to invest aggressively in sustainable design. And most landlords are not about to install solar panels...

Loloma 5 Lqfts

Architectural firm designer year Will Bruder Architects Will Bruder 2004 The dry, hot city of Scottsdale, known for its false-fronted, Old-West architecture and as a home for spring-training baseball, is located just northeast of Phoenix in the urbanized Sonora Desert. The city didn't have any kind of municipal green-building program when Will Bruder, one of the Southwest's leading architects, began work on an extension to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in the mid-1990s. His scheme...

Naked House

Corrugated Plastic Designs

Architectural firm designer year Shigeru Ban Architects Shigeru Ban 2001 In the late 1990s, an unusual fax came chugging through the machine at Shigeru Ban's Tokyo office. A man who wanted Ban to design a new house for his family and whom Ban had met just once before was writing to make some very precise and unusual requests about the project. The note explained that the man, who was in his thirties and lived with his wife, his two children, and his seventy-five-year-old mother, wanted a house...

Taylor House

Abaco Bahamas Designed Frank Harmon

Architectural firm designer year Frank Harmon and Associates Frank Harmon 2001 From a distance, it looks like a cartoon a crisp, boxy beach house with distinct echoes of Bauhaus modernism that's gone on a madcap spree its windows are flapping, its doors are flailing, its decks are spread akimbo, and its pyramid-shaped roof appears to have popped up into the air, done a somersault, and landed back on the house with its pointy end facing down. When the late industrial designer Jim Taylor began to...

Tucson Mountain House Arizona

Rick Joy Elevations

Architectural firm designer year Rick Joy Architects Rick Joy 2001 The Tucson Mountain House sits in a secluded valley marked by unusually harsh meteorological extremes. Searing heat alternates with nighttime chills. Monsoon rains crawl up from the south.Thunderstorms appear out of nowhere, electrifying the scrub with lightning bolts. Traditionally, residents in the area have adjusted to the climate by building low-slung adobe dwellings with small windows and thick walls, and much of the area's...

Cities have been around for more

Northern Mindanao Architecture Design

Than six thousand years, drawing successive waves of new residents with their blend of commerce, culture, energy, and opportunity. The first city to surpass a population of one million was Baghdad, thirteen centuries ago. London topped five million in 1825 New York exceeded ten million a hundred years later. The metropolitan area around Tokyo surpassed twenty million in 1965 and is now closing in on thirty. At the start of the twentieth century, there were sixteen cities with one million...

The Solaire

Architectural firm designer year Cesar Pelli amp Associates Architects Rafael Pelli 2002 While the Manhattan skyline is full of instantly recognizable icons, the days when the Big Apple stood at the forward edge of architecture are largely in the past. The tallest skyscrapers are now rising in Asia, and the latest technical engineering innovations are more likely to be realized in Europe. Until the redevelopment at Ground Zero prompted a recent surge of public interest in architecture and urban...

Sea Train House

Interior Drawing Perspective View

When Richard Carlson, a Los Angeles developer who spends six months of the year traveling, decided to build a new house for himself, the last thing he had on his mind was green design. He wanted a home that would fit his recently single, semi-retired, globetrotting lifestyle. He also wanted to use up some of the materials lying around the East Los Angeles salvage yard where his family-owned construction firm stored old equipment and other random objects. I wasn't thinking about sustainable...

Featured Architects

Joachim and Gabriele Achenbach Achenbach Architekten Designer Eeutlinger Strasse 93 Stuttgart D-70597 Germany Will Bruder Will Bruder Architects 111 West Monroe, Suite 444 Phoenix, Arizona 85003 U.S.A. Cath Hall, Mike Verdouw, Fred Ward 1 2Architecture 31 Melville Street Hobart, Tasmania 7000 Australia David Arkin and Anni Tilt Arkin Tilt Architects 11018th Street, 180 Berkeley, California 94710 U.S.A. Peter Carmichael Cocks Carmichael 200 Gladstone Street South Melbourne 3205 New South Wales...