06.08.08

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Sarah Featherstone’s cutting-edge green home has already sold for a record-breaking £7.2million, or $14.2million in the sadly declining U.S. dollar. The home is known as the Orchid House and is one of the key homes in the U.K. on the Lower Mill Estate, a project to turn a disused gravel pit into a 450-acre nature reserve.

The home apparently aims to generate more energy than it consumes, making use of geothermal heating. I think it’s a great idea and will no doubt be a stunning piece of architecture when it is completed, especially when considering the organic design along with the use laminated veneer lumber but what is the point of experimenting with sustainable design like this if it is only ever going to be accessible to the super rich? Build some sustainable homes that middle class people can live in for a change.

You can read more about the project at Inhabit.

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04.08.08

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The Neighbourhood believes in cities, green spaces, architecture, animation, good design, community, originality, big ideas, colour, playing, innovation, imagination, the future, collaboration, learning, curiosity, useful technology, sharing, taking risks, smiling, random encounters, luck, the road less traveled, instinct, purpose, surprise, delight, new ways of thinking, taking an occasional wrong turn and the birds and the bees.

They are a creative community of people who share a fascination with design, animation, architecture, contemporary culture and science.

It also appears as though they have created work for all of the above mediums. I highly suggest viewing their website in the fullscreen version since it doesn’t work quite as well in the browser window. It’s worth it to view it that way and the immersive experience allows you to absorb the work more fully. It looks beautiful on my Mac to say the least.

Link discovered via Formfiftyfive.

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