Situated in a suburban area, south of San Francisco, this particular dream home comes from Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects and brings two strong attributes to the table: design and sustainability. The house was built considering the future owner’s requests: he wanted place that “maximizes the drama of the pond and takes advantage of the privacy of the site”. As a result, the architects decided to brake the main building into four separate smaller ones, all provided with large glass sliding doors that open up to face the garden and pond. The sustainability part is provided by solar panels, green building materials and special cool-off systems, without using air conditioner machines. -via Inhabitat
Beyond the stunning exteriors and clean and simple interior, the home is greener than it appears. On the roof, solar photovoltaic panels and a solar hot water system give the home some green cred. An effective combination of stone floors and a radiant floor heating system provide heating during those cooler months in the Bay Area. Additionally, the home utilizes high fly-ash concrete, formaldehyde-free casework and denim insulation. And despite the warm temperatures during the summer on the South part of the peninsula, the home has no air conditioning and relies on natural ventilation from operable windows and doors, shading from the large roof overhangs and the versatile stone floors to help keep things cool.