Self-sustaining retreat in Idaho is the perfect social distancing getaway

May 20, 2020 by  
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When a family sought reprieve from the rigors of urban living, they asked Salt Lake City-based architecture firm Imbue Design to design a retreat for them in the “middle of nowhere” in southern Idaho. Because there were no utility connections for miles of the property, the architects created a self-sustaining retreat that follows passive solar strategies, harnesses solar energy and uses an airtight envelope to minimize energy use. Dubbed Boar Shoat, the single-family home that was created to serve as a crash pad and base camp for outdoor adventures has also become a welcome getaway during these uncertain times.  Located next to a natural berm by a grove of aspen trees, Boar Shoat is set on a 60-acre parcel of rolling hills with views of Paris Peak in the distance. In response to the client’s conceptualization of the project as a “spartan shelter”, the architects organized the home as a trio of small structures centered on a larger outdoor living space beneath an expansive canopy. The three volumes — consisting of the main residence, guest quarters and utilitarian storage — flank the outdoor living space on three sides and serve as windbreaks.  Related: Stunning ‘beach shack’ on remote Australian beach is 100% self-sufficient The exterior is clad in accordion metal panels selected for their weather-resistant and low-maintenance properties. The interior complements the outdoors with its simple design and full-height glazing that blurs the boundaries between indoors and out. Natural wood ceilings lend warmth to the interior, while the untreated concrete floors serve as a durable, worry-free surface. Walls were painted white to create a blank backdrop for the clients’ extensive art collection. To generate all of the home’s energy needs onsite, the architects crafted the building with an airtight envelope fitted with performance-enhancing windows and doors as well as superior insulation. Solar energy powers the electricity and heat with supplemental battery storage and a backup generator.  + Imbue Design Images via Imbue Design

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A modern, solar-powered home breathes new life into the Dutch countryside

November 20, 2018 by  
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In the Twente countryside of Rijssen, the Netherlands, Dutch practice Reitsema & partners architects and landscape architecture firm Eelerwoude recently completed a new solar-powered dwelling that — despite its contemporary design — looks surprisingly at home with its bucolic surroundings. Taking inspiration from the rural vernacular, the designers styled the three-building project after farmhouse architecture with a modern twist. Dubbed Erve BE and powered by solar energy, the energy-efficient abode consists of a main building and two annexes, all with simple gabled forms and strong sight lines to the landscape. The long and slender volumes of the Erve BE country estate were created in reference to the traditional Twente barns distinguished by their low roof gutters; the new construction is also marked by an absence of gutters to create minimalist eaves. The architects gave the barn architecture more contemporary flair with modern roof trusses and walls of glass as well as with striking patinated zinc roofs over 200 feet in length. The cladding, window frames and roof trusses were built from pre-grayed wood to blend the structures in with the environment. In addition to the abundance of glass and slender floor plan, the main residence and both annexes are set up along two axes that reinforce sight lines toward the Regge River Valley and allow for views straight through the house. Related: A historic farmhouse is transformed into a modern home with a green roof “The buildings are characterized by their slender floor plans and calmly designed roof surfaces, which appear almost as natural parts of the landscape,” the architects explained. “The house is characterized by a strong relationship between the interior and exterior. A long hallway runs along the front, linking the various functions. Large windows frame the landscape. The facilities are grouped near the entrance, and the living room and kitchen are separated by a veranda , which provides access to a patio that extends into the meadow.” Sustainability was also a guiding principle in the design. To keep energy use to a minimum, the home was built with timber-frame construction with a high insulation value. A hidden solar photovoltaic system also helps offset the electricity footprint. + Reitsema & partners architects Photography by Ronald Tilleman via Reitsema & partners architects

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Gorgeous solar-powered prefab can be easily picked up and moved almost anywhere

December 9, 2015 by  
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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

March 5, 2015 by  
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Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

March 5, 2015 by  
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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

March 4, 2015 by  
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Heads up design fans – are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to report on the best green designs from this year’s show! We’re offering you the opportunity to share your photos and writing with our audience of millions of readers around the world – and many of our Milan correspondents continue on to become regular Inhabitat contributors. The fair is coming up quick on April 14th , so we’re looking for correspondents who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend this year’s events. If you think you’d make a fantastic Inhabitat contributor, send an email to editor[at]inhabitat.com with the headline “Milan Furniture Fair Contributor” and the information below. Please note that only contributors who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend the Milan Furniture Fair will be considered. 1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Inhabitat correspondent. 2. Attach 2-3 samples of your writing 3. Attach 2-3 samples of your photography (or a link to your online portfolio). We’re looking forward to hearing from you! + Milan Furniture Fair Coverage on Inhabitat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design , design writers , green design , International Furniture Fair , italy , journalist jobs , Milan , milan 2014 , Milan Furniture Fair , milan furniture fair 2014 , Photographers , salone internazionale del mobile , sustainable design , writing assignments , writing gigs , writing jobs , writing work

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

October 28, 2014 by  
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White House Begins Installation of First Family’s Rooftop Solar Array

August 16, 2013 by  
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UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China!

August 11, 2013 by  
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