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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.