the beauty of subtle sustainable architecture 04/19

The Beauty of Subtle Sustainable Architecture

See how 4 earth-friendly design approaches find harmony with nature


Colin Flavin | Houzz Contributor


“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” — Frank Lloyd Wright


Homeowners and designers continue to be inspired to design houses that are more “earth-friendly.” Our approach often focuses on energy efficiency, as we use enhanced insulating materials and install advanced heating and cooling systems. We add solar panels to rooftops and build wind farms to generate electricity.


Sustainable design can also celebrate natural beauty. Let’s explore some approaches to designing houses that wear their sustainable features in harmony with the architecture and broader landscape.


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Woodland Retreat by Flavin Architects; photograph by Nat Rea. The north side of this house is set into the ground via a berm planted with native grasses and small trees. The quiet colors of the house help it blend into the landscape.


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