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Lovely Leaf House Topped by a Crown of Copper Leaves

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On December 1, 2010 @ 9:30 am In Architecture | 1 Comment

undercurrent architects, leaf house, passive heating, passive cooling, green architecture, eco architecture, green design, sustainable design, rainwater catchment [1]

It’s clear that the Leaf House’s roof is inspired by nature, and the reference to plants continues inside the home where a vine-like structural system “grows.” “The design draws imagery from nature and expresses this through the structure, creating links between the interior and exterior,” says Undercurrent [2] of their design. “The building location is viewed and experienced in the round; from all sides, above and below. The design is therefore unique from every aspect, constantly changing in relation to the surroundings.”

The house incorporates many environmental principles such as a passive heating/cooling system and low energy lighting [3], appliance and power systems. Rainwater retention techniques are also used and many of the materials that make up the house were site-sourced. “[The house] combines these sound environmental design principles with both high & low-tech material applications, to produce a building that is harmonious, responsive and engages the environment,” say Undercurrent of their fetching green home [4].

+ Undercurrent Architects [2]

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[2] Undercurrent: http://www.undercurrent-architects.com/

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

[4] green home: http://inhabitat.com/category/green-home-101/

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