How to make a home sit lightly on the land

Piers, cantilevers, towers and more can help minimize a

home’s environmental impact on its site.

Houzz Contributor, Residential Architect, Founder 30X40 Design Workshop... More 
Architecture’s relationship to nature — the building site — is something architects and designers must consider in the opening act of any project. Nature is a force that shapes all great works of architecture. The attitude we adopt toward the land has a strong impact on our perception of a place, the way we feel in it, how we arrive at it and where it fits in a broader context. 

The site undeniably informs the building shape, how it’s supported, how it meets the earth and how sensibly the design reacts to local conditions. Sitting lightly on the land is a resilient strategy with economic, environmental, aesthetic and efficiency benefits for many building sites. Here’s how to determine if your project should sit lightly on its site. 


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