There are several schools of thought when it comes to siting a house in the landscape. First, we build a house and then create a landscape to go “with” the house. It has always been my belief that a home and landscape go together – that one would never imagine the house in any other context.
Another school of thought is just as valid, however. The house or architecture becomes “art” in the landscape or an object in the landscape. In this context, the landscape is so perfect that the house fits right in and needs no manmade landscape at all.
Here are some fine examples of objects in the landscape. This is what we would label as Design with Nature. Click on the captions to see and learn more about the houses.
Less is more.
Now there is a trend called Cargo Container Architecture where used cargo or shipping containers are being recycled as basic building units for residential housing. Take a look.
A clean and green way to live? In this economy, will less truly become more? Will we see Americans giving up square footage for a simpler life style? Building sustainable homes with native and natural landscapes instead of exotic ones that require an unending flow of water and chemicals to be kept alive?
Maybe one day, my friend Julia over at Hooked on Houses will feature an in depth look at some of these homes.
It’s been a while since I participated in her “Hooked on Houses” Friday Blog Party, but I feel social today and I’m hoping you do to. To see what she and others are hooked on this week, visit Julia's Hooked on Houses Friday Blog Party and then stop by Melissa's The Inspired Room Blog Party.