Xs: Small Structures, Green Architecture

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A follow-up to the highly successful XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings, this book features contemporary solutions to two of today's most challenging problems-how to conserve space and help save the environment. The design goals of the 40 houses included here are to build as small as possible, to harmonize with the site, to use natural heating and cooling techniques, and, above all, to combine aesthetic beauty with ecological sensitivity. The houses are striking in appearance, inexpensive to build, and totally ...

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Overview

A follow-up to the highly successful XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings, this book features contemporary solutions to two of today's most challenging problems-how to conserve space and help save the environment. The design goals of the 40 houses included here are to build as small as possible, to harmonize with the site, to use natural heating and cooling techniques, and, above all, to combine aesthetic beauty with ecological sensitivity. The houses are striking in appearance, inexpensive to build, and totally functional, and will serve as inspiration for architects and potential owners.Designed by a variety of young international architects (among them Patkau, ShoP, Sean Godsel, and Klein Dytham) the projects featured here reveal an extraordinary degree of ingenuity within a tight, creative context or budget. As homeowners become more environmentally savvy and demand environmentally sound choices, a new generation of architects and builders is creating warm, inviting homes that cause only a fraction of the ecological impact of conventional building methods. The book is also a compelling manifesto that illustrates how ecological responsibility can reinvigorate contemporary architecture. Sustainability is not just good for the environment-it also propels architects toward new innovations and greater creativity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789315250
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 966,087
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 7.35 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Richardson is the author of the bestselling XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings. Her other books include Contemporary Natural, StyleCity London, and StyleCity Barcelona. She lives in London

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Table of Contents


Introduction: 'Think globally, act locally'     010
The view from outside     016
Camera Obscura Greenport, New York, USA$dSHoP Architects     020
Garden Hut Sant Miquel de Cruilles, Spain$dEightyseven Architects     026
Mirador Zapallar, Chile   Carolina Contreras   Tomas Cortese     030
Sitooterie Essex, England$dThomas Heatherwick Studio     036
Split/View Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA   Mitnick Roddier Hicks     038
Vines Pavilion Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Made     042
Camera Obscura Aegina, Greece   Franz Berzl   Gustav Deutsch     046
Garden Pavilion Toronto, Ontario, Canada$dPaul Raff Studio$dSasquatch Designlab     050
Gazebo Kuusi Mantyharju, Finland   Juhani Pallasmaa     054
Think Tank County Cork, Ireland$dGumuchdjian Architects     058
Material concerns     062
Na Hale 'Eo Waiawi, Hawaii, USA Toad Hall, California, USA   Patrick Dougherty     066
Miele Space Station/WasAutoMatiek Rotterdam, The Netherlands$d2012 Architecten     072
Turf House Venice Biennale, Italy$dde Paor Architects     076
Ferry Go Round, Air Bridge, Space Maker Groningen, The Netherlands   Lambert Kamps     082
Big Orbits Buffalo,New York, USA   Mehrdad Hadighi   Frank Fantauzzi     088
Primary School Building Essex, England$dCottrell & Vermeulen Architecture     092
Singing Ringing Tree Lancashire, England$dTonkin Liu Architects     098
Superadobe Structures Hesperia, California, USA   Nader Khalili   Cal Earth     100
Glass Dome Stuttgart, Germany   Lucio Blandini   Werner Sobek     104
An urban flowering     108
Hairywood London, England$d6a Architects   Eley Kishimoto     112
Greening of Detroit Pavilion Detroit, Michigan, USA$dZago Architecture     116
Loftcube Mobile Prototype, Germany Studio Aisslinger     120
Urban Nomad Shelters Los Angeles, California, USA Electroland     124
Puppet Theatre Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA   Michael Meredith   Pierre Huyghe     126
Dream House Huesca, Spain$dEx Studio     132
Rucksack House Cologne, Germany   Stefan Eberstadt     134
Park Pavilion Hamburg, Germany$dAnd8 Architekten   Dan Graham     138
Touching the earth lightly     140
La Petite Maison du Weekend Mobile, Canada$dPatkau Architects     144
Protest Shelter Tasmania, Australia$dAndrew Maynard Architects      148
Future Shack Mobile, Australia$dSean Godsell Architects     150
ZigZag Cabin Wollombi, New South Wales, Australia$dDrew Heath Architects     154
Tree Spheres Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada   Tom Chudleigh     158
'Hybrid Muscle' Chiang Mai, Thailand$dR&Sie(n)   Philippe Parreno     162
Micro-Compact Home Munich, Germany   Horden Cherry Lee   Haack Hopfner     166
Poetic utility     170
HoneyHouse North Carolina, USA   Marlon Blackwell     174
Footbridge Boudry, Switzerland   Geninasca Delefortrie     178
HALO Communications Booth Prototype, USA   Lance Hosey     184
Temporary Fruit Warehouse Santiago, Chile   Felipe Assadi     186
Wedding Chapel Kobuchizawa, Japan$dKlein Dytham Architects     190
Meeting Place German-Czech Border$dBruckner & Bruckner Architekten     194
Pigeon Loft Cambrai, France Matali Crasset with Andre Morin     198
Ferry Shelter Tiree, Scotland$dSutherland Hussey Architects     202
Nelson Mandela Museum Pavilions Eastern Cape, South Africa$dCohen & Judin Architects     208
Sources     212
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