Sometimes we have to stretch to find a reason to put an item on TreeHugger; being drop dead gorgeous isn't enough, especially if it is huge, expensive and in the middle of nowhere. However Tom Kundig of Seattle's Olsen, Sundberg, Kundig Allen has given us some excuses:
"Built in a fire-prone landscape, this house aims to harvest the climatic conditions which make the site so dangerous- the sun and the wind."
Montecito Residence is a single-family home set in the fire-prone Toro Canyon. The owners wanted a house that minimized its use of scarce natural resources and recognized the challenging environmental conditions of the area.
The design solution is a house that functions as an umbrella to shield the house from the sun and allows naturally cool offshore breezes to move through the space.
The house is made of simple, fire resistant materials. Steel will be allowed to oxidize and concrete will be toned to allow the house to blend into the landscape. ::oskaarchitects via ::Materialicious