Perched on a cliff 250 feet above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, Fall House is a vacation home that helps preserve the landscape that makes it such a standout.
Designed by Fougeron Architecture (via Inhabitat), the house is anchored into the hillside and conserves energy though passive-building strategies. Some of its sustainable features include: a green roof, daylighting, low-impact landscaping, and efficient energy and water systems.
The house’s orientation is also meant to maximize available natural light, while shading on the south protects from overheating. Other features include radiant floor heating and natural ventilation that utilizes the stack effect.
The upper floor is an open-plan space with living, dining, and kitchen areas. The ground floor has three bedrooms, including a master bedroom that cantilevers off the cliff. Water-efficient fixtures and a septic system that differentiates black and gray water help conserve H2O.
Finally, landscaping consisting of drought-resistant native plants finishes off the design of this stylish yet sustainable vacation home.