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December 30, 2015
To celebrate 2015, we're rounding up the projects that were most popular on Dwell.com this year. Here, five of the most-viewed green homes, from an off-the-grid Appalachian cabin to an eco-friendly house in upstate New York.
Off the grid Seattle Washington Henry Island Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The most popular green home of the year was this off-the-grid island home for a Seattle music producer. Grunge band producer Adam Kasper enlisted the help of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for his family home on Henry Island. He calls it “the house that Nirvana built.” 

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Nic Lehoux
Originally appeared in An Off-the-Grid Island Home for a Seattle Music Producer
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Off the grid retreat with outdoor dining area and fireplace

This rustic cabin in Appalachian Ohio, also off-the-grid, was a gift from an architect to his father. The 900-square-foot cabin overlooks a valley and a 13-acre lake. It serves as a weekend house and guest residence.

 

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Laura Petrilla
Originally appeared in Rustic Retreat on an Appalachian Farm Operates Entirely Off the Grid
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Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan facade

In realizing their dream to build a sustainable country retreat in upstate New York, Sandy Chilewich and Joe Sultan—proprietors of the textiles firm Chilewich|Sultan—eschewed a mountainous view for an understated wooded plot. At 800 square feet, the flat-roofed home is a modest structure for the expansive 10-acre property.

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Originally appeared in A Couple Takes an Unassuming Plot of Land and Calls it Home
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Off-the-grid prefab in pristine Tasmanian landscape by Misho+Associates.

Upon his first visit to Tasmania, an island south of the Australian mainland, resident David Burns was immediately smitten with its varied, pristine landscape. Working with architecture firm Misho+Associates, he built a self-sustaining, 818-square-foot prefab retreat that would allow him to completely unplug from urban life.

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Originally appeared in This Getaway Takes on a Wild Terrain
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Modern multifamily home in Seattle with cedar and metal siding on the facade

Architects Tiffany Bowie and Joe Malboeuf’s Capitol Hill, Seattle, eco-friendly infill project was completed for $189 per square foot. Its street-facing facade is clad in prefinished siding from Taylor Metals, and cedar shaped and cut with CNC technology. The couple was inspired by the porthole windows of the Maritime Hotel in New York City, one of their favorite buildings.

 

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Originally appeared in Three Families Comfortably Fit in One Slim Lot
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Off the grid Seattle Washington Henry Island Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The most popular green home of the year was this off-the-grid island home for a Seattle music producer. Grunge band producer Adam Kasper enlisted the help of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for his family home on Henry Island. He calls it “the house that Nirvana built.” 

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