One of the best ways to go green when it comes to construction and building new homes is to try and use as much of the material that is locally available to reduce carbon footprint while use of materials such as reclaimed wood obviously help. It need not always be fancy high-tech eco-solutions that make a home green and this cool home in the small town of Peachester Australia demonstrates precisely that by blending into the green around it with use of plenty of wood and some smart design.
This beautiful and inviting house in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam merges the best of both worlds as the builders of this home MM++ Architects were asked to create a stylish contemporary home that has a high-end feel despite being built on limited budget.
Nestled among the rain forest located in Mt Whitfield in Cairns this lovely home uses glass extensively and sports walls that are made entirely out of glass alone. This offers a wonderful vantage point that blends in with the surroundings and seems like a natural extension of the rainforest.
The cantilevered roofs along with the lavish use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows ensure that there is plenty of natural ventilation along with some lovely views of the green that lay outside. While the common areas and the sitting space provides for some lovely views the bedrooms offer contrasting privacy which ensure that you have the best of both worlds.
Like a gemstone in the middle of the city Reflection of Mineral is an angular abode that measures 480 square feet. Located near the center of Tokyo this home proves that a little bit of geometry goes a long way! With the definition of a carefully cut crystal Reflection of Mineral is a neighborhood standout yet it enhances its surroundings rather than fighting them.
The home is surrounded by beautiful forest area and to give its denizens the best possible view along with complete privacy (which is not to find in this part of the woods) the architects have used glass and wood extensively to create a sustainable and stylish structure.
Of course in the quest for finding that bold new look one cannot go too far and needs to find the absolute right balance. The Penthouse at the in Toronto Canada does exactly that with its combination of the classic with the modern.