A pair of townhouses in Los Angeles

I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I’ve heard about these two “Green Houses”, but know that I’ve seen them I know exactly what they are. I’ll scrap my first idea of plants growing all over and glass roofs but I will keep the structure in mind.As you can see these two are very much alike but not identical. Each one features huge glass openings in the walls and double height living rooms and a three floor layout.

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Both “towers” were built with the latest preoccupations in energy consumption, environmental impact, recycling and so on by Sander Architects That is why these two have massive steel beams, framing the house and structure, passive heating and cooling systems, natural lighting and so on. They didn’t stop here and went further with the idea of diminishing the energy consumption using very high-performance glazing, shade screens to let fewer light in the key moments of the day reducing so the amount of heat inside the house.

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Also a natural air flow helps with the energy transfer either we talk about cold or hot air. The kitchen cabinetry was made entirely from FSC-certified wood and the countertops are also made of recycled glass. Along with low-flush toilets and low VOC paint these houses set very high standards in the business and I will be challenging for others to keep up. I love how everything turned out, but I’m a little more conservative and I care a lot about my privacy. These two buildings are more “transparent” encouraging fewer boundaries and I’m not sure but I think a lot of people will agree with me on this one. What do you think?{found on archdaily and pics by Sharon Risedorph}.