A Dutch firm called 24H-Architecture has dedicated itself to the design of urban dwellings and buildings that are inspired by nature. The firm has already designed 18 of these attractive, wood-sheathed homes in Leiden, Holland, and has literally reinvented the Art Nouveau style with a decidedly green, contemporary approach.
Each of these dwellings, which are built from various types of eco-certified wood products, are flooded with natural light through the use of what the firm labels a "canyon technique". Due to the structure's height, angle and orientation, passive sunlight penetrates the different rooms and stairwells vertically from front to back throughout the course of the day, allowing each floor to benefit from maximum natural lighting. The exterior walls are actually designed to channel light to other parts of the home and to optimize it in the desired areas.
The exterior structure created by the Rotterdam-based firm is the same for each dwelling. While the basic indoor design has a distinctively natural style featuring organic shapes and motifs, the interior decor remains at the discretion of the owner.
This inspiring initiative by 24H-Architecture is a stunning example that when architectural ingenuity is combined with creative design, the construction of beautiful, functional and ecologically responsible homes is indeed possible.
[Main photo via In Habitat]