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Ark House: Sustainable Citadel in the Montana Plains

Posted By Andrew Michler On May 3, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Building,Zero energy | 2 Comments

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Whether for a future flood or a remnant of one from long ago, the Ark House is a provocative residential design that is, ironically, land-locked in the middle of Montana. The design calls for two huge cathedral roofs [2]– one protecting a┬ásubstantial┬ádeck that leads to the next roof over the main house. In addition to making a bold statement, the home boasts some eco-conscious and energy [3]-saving features that Noah himself would likely be impressed with.

Conceptual architectural design, green building, sustainable design, sky bridge, Montana home [4]

Architectural firm Axis Mundi [5] was asked to design a home for a 100 acre site in Madison Valley, Montana that has a contemporary feel but still relates to the ancient landscape. As you enter [6], you are introduced to a vast covered space not unlike an open barn that leads to a staircase and then a bridge suspended over a pond, after which, the living space finally comes to view. The architect claims a near zero energy profile with a high performance envelope, a ground source heat pump and solar electric [7] panels, presumably built into the roof system. If it ever sets sail there will be plenty of room for all with a 4,800 sq ft deck and 5400 sq ft three story interior.

Via Dezeen [8]

+ Axis Mundi [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/ark-house-sustainable-citadel-in-the-montana-plains/ark_house5/

[2] two huge cathedral roofs: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=111042

[3] energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/ark-house-sustainable-citadel-in-the-montana-plains/ark_house2/

[5] Axis Mundi: http://www.axismundi.com/

[6] enter: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=111045

[7] solar electric: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/22/canadian-researchers-move-closer-to-affordable-efficient-solar-power/

[8] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/04/21/ark-house-by-axis-mundi/

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