Eco-Friendly, Reusable House by Broadhurst Architects



Broadhurst Architects have designed an “enviresponsible shelter” on the grounds of the Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. The Crib, as it is known, is a largely prefabricated outbuilding inspired by the corn crib, a traditional agricultural structure used to store food.This house is a response to the current interest in small buildings, in simplicity and environmental responsability. The architects designed this unique building with sustainable and recyclable materials that can be fabricated off site and then transported and quickly assembled where desired.

The house is built out of galvanized steel bents, structural insulated panels (SIPs), engineered wood and steel beams. Moreover it presents multi-layer polycarbonate panels, insulated glass, heat-treated poplar siding, LED and CFL lighting, an energy-efficient ceiling fan and rainwater collection for showers and gardening.

The Crib is being used as a visual arts studio, a lab and a gallery and is open to public during crtain events and various other times. The interior of this beautiful house is very modern, bright and airy, aspects that are extremely important in a small space. What’s more the design allows for reuse by dismantling and reassembling the Crib elsewhere.

All in all, this eco-friendly house is a great place to call home. It is a simple, gorgeous contemporary home that will leave you speechless.


Published by in Architecture, on August 14th, 2012

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