When architect Michael Kovac decided to design his own home in California, he reached for the greenest stars, resulting in one of the first LEED Platinum residences in the state. The green-roofed Sycamore House is carved into a steep site in the Palisades that boasts three beautiful sycamore trees and features a bevy of advanced strategies that minimize its environmental impact.
The Sycamore House replaced an existing home, although roughly 75% of the materials from the original house were reused and Kovac brought in a herd of goats to eat up the vegetation! Only then did he proceed with his own three story home, which has a discreet street-side facade embellished with art from Julia Sykes and a cantilevering stair connecting all the levels. Almost entirely powered by a photovoltaic array and cooled in part with a geothermal system, the home nonetheless has a compact energy footprint thanks to efficient appliances and superior thermal massing.
Water conservation has been taken into account as well with a series of low flow fixtures, and all of the building materials used are sustainably-sourced. These include reclaimed floors and recycled glass tiles in the bathroom, as well as FSC-certified timber and high fly ash content concrete. Only non-VOC paint was used and the vertical layout ensures optimum natural ventilation. Albeit modern, this home packs a serious green punch and we love it!
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Lisa Romerein