From S. Kim on December 21st, 2009 in Home Decor
Hansel and Gretel haven’t seen the likes of these modern-day gingerbread concoctions. But if they had, they’d know there’s no witch inside. Just an eco-conscious architect or two setting a holiday example beyond the ordinary.
Cake Study House 09
Kristina Hahn Atelier, a Southern California architect and expert in sustainable design, has some sweet skills up her sleeve. And she’s sharing them this holiday season. Cake Study House 09 promotes responsible eco-conscious expansion. In this home’s case, that adds up to no artificial food coloring and wholesome, tasty treats from the foundation up: gingerbread floors and roof, wafer roll columns, almond grass and cacti, hazelnut flowers, pepper palm tree, banana succulents, tortilla chip sun sail and the big splash, a chewing gum swimming pool.
Lo and behold, the GingerLotus by Michelle Kauffman. This delicious dwelling is a mini replica of Kauffman’s own zero-energy home, mkLotus. She offers downloadable plans to create your own eco-gingerbread house, so your kids can learn environmental practices with gumdrops and icing while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads.
HOK LEED Platinum Gingerbread House
This traditional-looking LEED Platinum triplex design was entered into a 2008 competition for building the greenest gingerbread house ever. HOK, a global architectural firm, used chocolate bars as solar panels, gumdrops for wind turbines and black licorice for rainwater collectors. And it’s the house that keeps on giving. Auctioned off in the 2008 Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build, the proceeds were given to build “home, sweet homes” for others.
“Though the house is fueled by high-fructose corn-syrup, the organic (sugar glass) solar panels and windmill can provide supplementary energy, if eaten. The house materials are 100% locally sourced and bio-digestible,” write architect Elise Young and designer Khai Foo. Also entered into an eco-conscious gingerbread competition, money raised goes to Architecture for Humanity.