Sustainable, Solar-Powered Family Retreat in California

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April 2, 2014
Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of space for an extended family to relax. Read Full Article
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  Ornamenting the eastern facade of the Sunrise House, slotted windows set in one-foot thick walls introduce light into the home without inviting in excessive amounts of heat.  Photo by: John Linden
    Ornamenting the eastern facade of the Sunrise House, slotted windows set in one-foot thick walls introduce light into the home without inviting in excessive amounts of heat.

    Photo by: John Linden

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  Glass windows wall in the open-concept kitchen-dining spaces of the Sunrise House while glass doors open the spaces out into the garden beyond.  Photo by: John Linden
    Glass windows wall in the open-concept kitchen-dining spaces of the Sunrise House while glass doors open the spaces out into the garden beyond.

    Photo by: John Linden

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  Inspired by Scandinavian and Mexican contemporary and traditional design, the Sunrise house has a bright, clean, and eclectic color palette.  Photo by: John Linden
    Inspired by Scandinavian and Mexican contemporary and traditional design, the Sunrise house has a bright, clean, and eclectic color palette.

    Photo by: John Linden

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  Finished in a dark wood, the kitchen features white metal countertops and shelving. A white pendant light, white sheer curtain and a white wall tie the interior design scheme in with the home's exterior palette.  Photo by: John Linden
    Finished in a dark wood, the kitchen features white metal countertops and shelving. A white pendant light, white sheer curtain and a white wall tie the interior design scheme in with the home's exterior palette.

    Photo by: John Linden

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  On the sunset side of the Sunrise house, the home's west terrace is shaded by mango trees.  Photo by: John Linden
    On the sunset side of the Sunrise house, the home's west terrace is shaded by mango trees.

    Photo by: John Linden

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  Shielding the bedroom from the courtyard, a black curtain affords privacy while the slotted window above the bed ensures that even when privacy is wanted, the room is bathed in light.  Photo by: John Linden
    Shielding the bedroom from the courtyard, a black curtain affords privacy while the slotted window above the bed ensures that even when privacy is wanted, the room is bathed in light.

    Photo by: John Linden

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  An outdoor sink ties indoor living spaces into outdoor living spaces, adding to the fluidity and openness of the home.  Photo by: John Linden
    An outdoor sink ties indoor living spaces into outdoor living spaces, adding to the fluidity and openness of the home.

    Photo by: John Linden

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  Windows shielded by the white overhand of the roof offer an elegant facade while shielding residents from the glare of the sun's sharpest rays.  Photo by: John Linden
    Windows shielded by the white overhand of the roof offer an elegant facade while shielding residents from the glare of the sun's sharpest rays.

    Photo by: John Linden

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