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Living Lawn House Blends in With the Earth

Posted By Kristi Bernick On March 31, 2010 @ 8:00 pm In Architecture,Landscape Architecture,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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Green building gets literal in this beautiful grass-covered living Lawn House [2] designed by Italy-based [3] experimental architecture firm, altro_studio [4]. The rolled lawn design not only offers a natural integration with the landscape but also holds great insulating properties, is economically sensitive, and is bio-degradable.

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altro_studio [4]‘s Lawn House seems like something straight out of the film Caddyshack — fit for the size of a gopher, the 40 sq ft structure could provide just enough coverage [6] for Bill Murray to stake out and plan his revenge. The house takes the form of a modular unit [7] designed in a system of layers. The envelope threshold is composed of four or six plastic transparent panels. A “tray” system provides a basin for a thin layer of earth and attaches to the three top plastic panels. Another three panels of a grid patterned grate press against the layer of earth, providing an appropriate surface for the final layer of rolled lawn [8].

The trapezoidal form’s obtuse angles allow the lawn to stay securely intact while also providing superior water drainage control [9]. Altro_studio designed optional front and back privacy panels with a front door and window for good natural ventilation. Additional modules can anchor to the original structure through a docking system [10] with available positioning for a buildup battery for necessary optimization of electric power.

+ altro studio [4]

Via Notcot [11]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/living-lawn-house-blends-in-with-the-earth/image6-4/

[2] Lawn House: http://www.altro-studio.com/index.php?/projects/lawn-house/

[3] Italy-based: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/gartenkulter-makes-poetic-pots-from-recycled-books/

[4] altro_studio: http://www.altro-studio.it/

[5] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/31/living-lawn-house-blends-in-with-the-earth/image2-3/

[6] just enough coverage: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/incredible-pompidou-metz-art-museum-rises-in-france/

[7] modular unit: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/02/rotated-a-schoolhouse-that-can-roll-over-on-its-side/

[8] rolled lawn: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/26/floating-green-a-grassy-bench/

[9] water drainage control: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/gorgeous-green-house-wrapped-in-a-vertical-garden/

[10] docking system: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/14/new-design-uses-waves-to-power-nyc%E2%80%99s-streetlamps/

[11] Notcot: http://www.notcot.org/post/29481/?action=search

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