Does your home produce more energy than it consumes? This one does – the innovative Midori Uchi is one of Canada’s most eco-friendly houses, with three three different levels of green certification to prove it. A brainchild of Naikoon Contracting and Kerschbaumer Design and photographed by Ema Peter, this impressive Canadian home was named after its most prominent feature- its green capabilities. “Midori Uchi” is Japanese for “Green Home” – a simple concept, yet complex in its history and inspiring in its functionality.
Achieving the LEED Canada for Homes Platinum rating, R-2000 energy efficiency certification and Built Green Canada Platinum, this high-class high-economy residence features “net-zero designs and net-zero capabilities, state-of-the-art energy production and conservation abilities, grey water filtration system, subtle, natural Japanese inspired influences, and the only residential rammed earth wall in urban Metro Vancouver.” Located in North Vancouver, the ultra green home is one of the first in the Lower Mainland to receive these certifications, meaning there soon others will follow the green home design trend. The mayor of North Vancouver, Darrell Mussatto, has uplifting words to describe the modern green home: “The City of North Vancouver is pleased to have this unique sustainable home in our community.The environmentally sensitive features of Midori Uchi’s design contribute to the City’s efforts to reduce our ecological impact.”
Bringing innovation to the residential Canadian landscape, this green home design was built by using locally sourced materials and will be an amazing home for its owners. Are you thinking of building an eco-friendly home too?
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light