18 Aug '11, 10am

2011 Solar Decathlon: First Light house

2011 Solar Decathlon: First Light house

Like First Light's country of origin, this zero-energy abode is a sophisticated yet unfussy beauty that gets its name from the fact that New Zealand is the first place that sees the morning light on the start of a new day. Love it. A gussied up and green take on traditional New Zealand holiday homes known as "Kiwi bachs," First Light is a cedar-clad, prefab structure that promotes alfresco living — "a relaxed lifestyle in which socializing and connecting with the outdoors are central to living" — through numerous design elements including decking that runs not only around the structure but right through the center of it. This “indoor deck” space, with its generous triple-glazed skylight and bi-fold doors, contains the kitchen and dining area and provides a bridge of sorts between the sleeping/study area and the main living area. Reads the home’s descripton on the Solar Dec...

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