This sustainable house in Kingston, Tasmania sports a dark Madison oil stained plywood-clad facade and blends in quite well with its hillside site, despite the architects’ use of modernist geometry. Photo by: Andrew Rowat
The hydroponic rooftop garden in this futuristic sustainable house in the suburbs grows out of volcanic stones and is one of the home's prime resilient features—absorbing excess runoff and protecting the house from the tramontane, a strong wind that blows in the region. Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
With its easy access, the flat concrete and solar paneled roof of this hillside sustainable home in Los Angeles, California, is never hard to maintain and just a step away from a killer view. Photo by: Misha Gravenor
The green brick-clad winglike dips in the roofline of this modern off-the-grid cabin in Georgian Bay, Canada shield it against the region’s brutal winds. Photo by: Mark Giglio
The roof's landscaped courtyard at The Brook, Common Ground's first construction project in the Bronx, features a red square tiled pathway, long concrete benches, and quite the view. Photo by: Jake Stangel
Architect Robert Konieczny lifted the existing ground and wrapped it around the roof and exterior rooftop staircase, essentially making all floors “ground” level in this modernist rural getaway in Książenice, Poland.
Photovoltaic panels extend like wings over the third-floor deck in this entirely solar-powered home in Boulder, Colorado. “If we were going to make a big architectural move, we had to have reasons,” architect Mike Moore explains, referring to the conspicuous placement of the panels.
At her family's renovated home in Washington, D.C., Eliza takes in the view from the green roof, which is filled with sedum plantings from nearby Emory Knoll Farms, the only nursery in North America to focus solely on propagating plants intended for green-roof systems. Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan