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For his initial Aero House prototype, architect Tadashi Murai wanted something as sustainable as possible.

Watanabe Residence model
A model of the Aero House, by architect Tadashi Murai.

This meant going beyond the usual basic incorporation of green products and building sustainability into the overall framework.

The Aero House demonstrates a distinction between intrinsic and supplementary green characteristics. The intrinsic elements are part of every Aero House, and are found in its combination of transportability, modularity, materials drawn from renewable resource supplies, and a desire to disturb the site as little as possible. Supplementary elements, such as the green roof and graywater recycling, are left to the discretion of individual homeowners, but every owner of an Aero, regardless of his or her specific program,
will be investing in the green aspects that are fundamental to its design.

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    Located in a hidden valley on the picturesque Izu Peninsula, a few hours west of Tokyo, the Watanabe Residence, designed by architect Tadashi Murai, looks more like an imposing black box propped amidst the wooded landscape than a model of environmental friendliness. is your online home in the modern world. Join us as we follow our team around the globe on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Want more? Never miss another word of Dwell with our free iTunes app.