01. Aptos Retreat Residence / CCS Architecture (above)

“The Aptos Retreat Residence by CCS Architecture is a true example of tasteful rustic style. This retreat for a San Francisco family of eight was prompted to create a casual setting for entertaining, cooking, tanning, swimming, archery, horseshoes, gardening and wood splitting. The 20-acre site includes two primary buildings and a third building known as ‘the barn’ which serves as the property’s clubhouse.” (archdaily)

02. RoomRoom by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

“This is a house where deaf parents and two children are living. The two sides of the premises are facing narrow roads in an overcrowded residential area in Itabashi ward, Tokyo. The small main building built five years ago became so narrow for dwellers for three generations that they bought a piece of land neighber to their house to build an annex.” (contemporist)

03. Ellis Residence by Coates Design

“Seattle-based studio Coates Design has designed the Ellis Residence, a LEED Platinum single family home completed in 2010. This 2,560 square foot contemporary home is located in Bainbridge Island, a city in Washington state, USA.
Perched high upon Yeomalt Bluff, the home enjoys a commanding 180-degree view of the Puget Sound and Seattle.” (homedsgn)

04. EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

“San Francisco’s EcoCenter is the first commercial building in the city to be 100 percent off the grid, and Inhabitat recently toured it as part of this year’s Architecture and the City Festival. Even in the city with more LEED-certified buildings per capita than any other, converting a polluted swath of landfill near the naval shipyard superfund site into a passive, off-grid, über-green environmental justice education center wasn’t easy: In fact, it took 10 years to get it done.” (inhabitant)

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