On Canada's Vancouver Island you will find this [www.naturalhomes.org/winckler.htm] a beautiful example of storybook architecture built by two creative natural builders, Timothy and Daniel [www.lindcroft.com]. The cottage was built with local douglas fir, logged and cut with a portable sawmill. The roof is cedar shingles (shakes) hand split and steamed to make them supple enough to follow the curves of the roof.
Activate Architects: Chief among Activate Architect’s accomplishments with this structure, however, is the contribution it makes to its surrounding environment. Its black-water recycling system, for example, re-purposes used water and rainfall back into a naturally compliant wetland.
This tilted, ecologically savvy model dwelling near Larvik, Norway, actually creates more energy than it consumes—a “plus house,” it’s called. Brought to life by the combined creative genius of the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings and design firm Snøhetta.