Unbuilt Houses 2008

In this special Web-exclusive feature, we present intriguing designs for single-family dwellings. Keeping in line with the sustainability theme of our 2008 Record Houses, these unbuilt houses all include “green” features. Some take sustainable design to the extreme. The façade of the C2C house, for instance, contains tiny spinach cells that generate power and move with the sun. The building foundation of the zeroHouse touches the ground at only four points, meaning minimal disturbance to the earth.

Some of these projects may remain speculative, while others will rise this year. The mkSolaire will be built and featured in the “Smart Home: Green + Wired” exhibition that opens in Chicago this May.  And the Sycamore House is currently under construction on a ridge in Southern California. When completed, one will be able to stand on the house’s green roof and take in stunning views of mountains and the ocean. 

Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Home   Pasadena EcoHouse
Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Home
Roanoke, Virginia
Coates Design Architects
  Pasadena Eco House
Pasadena, California
Studio RMA
Sustainable home designed by Adjaye Associates   Swell House
Make it Right
New Orleans, Louisiana
Adjaye Associates
  Swell House
Highland Park, New Jersey
Studio ST Architects and Z-A
mkSolaire   San Vicente Residence
Chicago, Illinois
Michelle Kaufmann Designs
  San Vicente Residence
Santa Monica, California
Pugh + Scarpa
zeroHouse   Sycamore House
Specht Harpman
  Sycamore House
Los Angeles, California
Kovac Architects


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