Seattle-based studio Pb Elemental has recently completed the Beachaus I project for InHaus Development. Distinctly sexy, and functionally chic, this architecturally designed “LEED Platinum” sustainable home is the first of its kind in White Rock’s East Beach community south of Vancouver in British Columbia. Located 200 meters from Semiahmoo Bay, this two-story prefab home was designed for an active family and smart, efficient living. Designed by award winning green Architect Pb Elemental, this ultra contemporary 2085+ sqft 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom homes include a large separate office/work/studio space and bright open principle spaces.
Certified LEED Platinum, the home boasts a smart, energy-efficient design including, HRV air-exchange system, high performance windows, radiant hydronic heating, tight thermal envelope with high performance spray foam insulation. Rainwater is harvested from the roof and used to help irrigate the xeriscaped, low-maintenance yard. Inside, the home features bamboo flooring, FSC certified cabinetry, and water efficient fixtures. Finally if you’re wondering what is the price for this house, the property is offered at $1.35 million here. — Photography made by [ SeeVirtual ]
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.