The plant-covered extension has living walls on three sides that not only visually link with the green roof and surrounding landscape but contribute to the passive systems that keep the house cool in lieu of air conditioning. Solar panels supply the home’s power while the green roof provides a solid supply of vegetables, watered by captured rainwater and recycled grey water. A central sculptural staircase leads up to the green roof but also doubles as a chimney by drawing cool air down into the house.
Feldman Architecture does some really nice doors in their work. The pivot doors are great…as I’ve just learned, Pivot doors swing elegantly on a central hinge, rather than customary side hinges connected to the door frame. According to Rixon, a manufacturer of pivot door hardware favored by Feldman, “Pivot doors are designed to work with the laws of physics to provide long-lasting performance and reliability. The weight of the door is supported entirely by the bottom arm, which is directly connected to the pivot spindle.”
I love it when a designer makes something really special out of something very functional.