This modern abode in Mérida, Mexico, features several courtyards that help bring greenery in. On the west side of the home, plants absorb sunlight and create another passive cooling feature. Crushed limestone pebbles and an exposed stone wall complete the lush space.
Architect Allan Shulman strove to leave the delicate habitat of this Miami abode undisturbed. He situated the stepped house between a forested basin and a sunny clearing, incorporating unique features that showcase the site’s distinct flora and fauna.
A family home in the Coghlan neighborhood of Buenos Aires features opening to the outdoors and exposure to plant life at every level.
In Mexico City's hilly Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood, a concrete home is wrapped with strategic plantings that creep over the facade, softening boundaries between house, garden, and street.
Though located in temperate Northern California, this dining parlor feels tropical due to its abundance of plants. Cut-outs in the concrete slab floor allow for an indoor forest of taro, fig, and bamboo; a sub-surface drain connected to a perforated underground pipe slowly filters out excess moisture to the groundwater.