Low-flow water fixtures and a grey water system are included in the C6 home.
Low-flow water fixtures and a grey water system are included in the C6 home.
The C6 is a great step toward making an affordably, healthy and sustainable home. One that Glenn hopes will put the building industry on the right track, economically and environmentally. “We set out to make great design, really healthy and sustainable architecture much more cost effective. It’s been challenging doing that in the worst real estate downturn in US history, but I think we finally have something that delivers on that goal… I think we can even make this less expensively, but not if we don’t sell any. The more of these homes we do, the more cost effective we can make them.”
The C6 is a great step toward making an affordably, healthy and sustainable home. One that Glenn hopes will put the building industry on the right track, economically and environmentally. “We set out to make great design, really healthy and sustainable architecture much more cost effective. It’s been challenging doing that in the worst real estate downturn in US history, but I think we finally have something that delivers on that goal… I think we can even make this less expensively, but not if we don’t sell any. The more of these homes we do, the more cost effective we can make them.”
The home takes on a comfortable, natural texture thanks to cork floors, wood ceiling, natural wood millwork, and wood siding. You can also set the mood using your own iPhone, thanks to a tech-controlled lighting system
The home takes on a comfortable, natural texture thanks to cork floors, wood ceiling, natural wood millwork, and wood siding. You can also set the mood using your own iPhone, thanks to a tech-controlled lighting system
The millwork in the C6 home is formaldehyde free. Multiple entrances to the home ensure permeability between the inside and out.
The millwork in the C6 home is formaldehyde free. Multiple entrances to the home ensure permeability between the inside and out.
Starting at $179,000, the C6 is a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,232-square-foot home outfitted with comfort and sustainability in mind. According to Glenn, hitting that magic number was the biggest challenge of designing this home, but, “a combination of smart, selective design and really careful material design” helped make his longtime dream of a cost-effective home a reality.
Starting at $179,000, the C6 is a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,232-square-foot home outfitted with comfort and sustainability in mind. According to Glenn, hitting that magic number was the biggest challenge of designing this home, but, “a combination of smart, selective design and really careful material design” helped make his longtime dream of a cost-effective home a reality.
The C6 home achieves efficiency through a combination of strategies, including energy efficient lighting and appliances, smart heating/AC control system to reduce power usage and enough solar panels to produce more than 100 percent of the home’s power.
The C6 home achieves efficiency through a combination of strategies, including energy efficient lighting and appliances, smart heating/AC control system to reduce power usage and enough solar panels to produce more than 100 percent of the home’s power.
The C6 home is bright and airy, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass, clerestory windows, light tubes, and transom windows that maximize natural daylighting.
The C6 home is bright and airy, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass, clerestory windows, light tubes, and transom windows that maximize natural daylighting.
Taking a cue from many Eichler homes, the C6 home is organized around a courtyard.
Taking a cue from many Eichler homes, the C6 home is organized around a courtyard.
LivingHomes and Cavco also used zero VOC paints, which in combination with formaldehyde-free millwork, ensure zero emissions.
LivingHomes and Cavco also used zero VOC paints, which in combination with formaldehyde-free millwork, ensure zero emissions.
Chris Burden is a Los Angeles-based international artist earlier known for his life-threatening projects. As a young man, he has shot, electrocuted, cut, and nearly drowned himself in the name of his craft. He now makes large-scale artworks that investigate life in the urban context.
Chris Burden is a Los Angeles-based international artist earlier known for his life-threatening projects. As a young man, he has shot, electrocuted, cut, and nearly drowned himself in the name of his craft. He now makes large-scale artworks that investigate life in the urban context.
The frenzy of cars runs on gravity, save for three conveyor belts set right in the middle of the exhibition. Magnets on the conveyor belts attract the magnets inside the cars and help pull them up a steep incline, where they are released down into the intricate system of eighteen roadways weaving in and out of the tiny city.

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The frenzy of cars runs on gravity, save for three conveyor belts set right in the middle of the exhibition. Magnets on the conveyor belts attract the magnets inside the cars and help pull them up a steep incline, where they are released down into the intricate system of eighteen roadways weaving in and out of the tiny city. Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
Metropolis II is a large-scale kinetic sculpture inspired by a Los Angeles of the future, with traffic moving at frenetic speeds.
Metropolis II is a large-scale kinetic sculpture inspired by a Los Angeles of the future, with traffic moving at frenetic speeds.
Different types of buildings abound in Metropolis II. Each was constructed with the help of a dedicated assistant that specialized either in wood blocks, houses of cards, glass and tile, and other materials.
Different types of buildings abound in Metropolis II. Each was constructed with the help of a dedicated assistant that specialized either in wood blocks, houses of cards, glass and tile, and other materials.
Burden did not specifically model any of the buildings to existing structures in the real world. “We just make mock-ups out of cardboard, make big piles of them and decide which one to use,” says the artist.
Burden did not specifically model any of the buildings to existing structures in the real world. “We just make mock-ups out of cardboard, make big piles of them and decide which one to use,” says the artist.
1,100 specially designed mini cars zip and whiz through the city’s plastic roads at 240-scale-miles per hour.
1,100 specially designed mini cars zip and whiz through the city’s plastic roads at 240-scale-miles per hour.
An Eames-like house of cards could often be seen in various buildings around the little city.
An Eames-like house of cards could often be seen in various buildings around the little city.
The moment when cars enter a curve is called a “brush.” It is a crucial moment in the kinetic sculpture, when cars are most likely to tumble off track. In answer to this, the artist and his team constructed the curves in such a way that it touches the rims of the wheels, adding friction and subtly slowing the cars down.
The moment when cars enter a curve is called a “brush.” It is a crucial moment in the kinetic sculpture, when cars are most likely to tumble off track. In answer to this, the artist and his team constructed the curves in such a way that it touches the rims of the wheels, adding friction and subtly slowing the cars down.
Approximately 100,000 cars pass through the sculpture every hour.
Approximately 100,000 cars pass through the sculpture every hour.
A sculpture as large as this isn’t without its problems. To ensure things are kept smooth, an operator stands in the middle of the frenetic sculpture. Rich Sandomeno, one of the original assistants who saw the project from birth to execution, says, “There are a million different variables with all moving parts. An operator helps correct any inconsistencies. Occasionally, cars turn up side down or hop off the track.”
A sculpture as large as this isn’t without its problems. To ensure things are kept smooth, an operator stands in the middle of the frenetic sculpture. Rich Sandomeno, one of the original assistants who saw the project from birth to execution, says, “There are a million different variables with all moving parts. An operator helps correct any inconsistencies. Occasionally, cars turn up side down or hop off the track.”
Here's a shot of SoCal Edison's  Energy Upgrade California site.
Here's a shot of SoCal Edison's Energy Upgrade California site.
Once inside, the living area sits on the left while the media center is on the right. Through the slender staircase, the kitchen, breakfast and dining areas can easily be seen.
Once inside, the living area sits on the left while the media center is on the right. Through the slender staircase, the kitchen, breakfast and dining areas can easily be seen.
The central courtyard is undoubtedly the star of the show. The softly curved lines on the roofline create a picturesque frame for L.A.’s blue skies and abundant sunshine. A lone tree sits in the middle, the focal point for the whole home.
The central courtyard is undoubtedly the star of the show. The softly curved lines on the roofline create a picturesque frame for L.A.’s blue skies and abundant sunshine. A lone tree sits in the middle, the focal point for the whole home.
The Appleton home also showcases a beautiful outdoor area complete with pool, seating, living area and play area, which can all be seen from the kitchen.
The Appleton home also showcases a beautiful outdoor area complete with pool, seating, living area and play area, which can all be seen from the kitchen.
The Venice House now sits beside its architect’s home. It is hidden from the eyes of curious passers-by with a screen of foliage. Megan Schoenbachler and her husband were already working with Marmol Radziner on the design of their home when the property beside Marmol became available. That’s how the couple and their architect became unintended neighbors.
The Venice House now sits beside its architect’s home. It is hidden from the eyes of curious passers-by with a screen of foliage. Megan Schoenbachler and her husband were already working with Marmol Radziner on the design of their home when the property beside Marmol became available. That’s how the couple and their architect became unintended neighbors.
The garden is lush and holds within it a secret outdoor hot tub. Owner Megan Schoenbachler explains that if all goes according to plan, the foliage planted by the tub will form a natural screen, hiding the tub completely from sight.
The garden is lush and holds within it a secret outdoor hot tub. Owner Megan Schoenbachler explains that if all goes according to plan, the foliage planted by the tub will form a natural screen, hiding the tub completely from sight.
The residents' office was similarly well-organized. Every book lined up perfectly and twin Macs were oriented toward the home’s heart, the central courtyard.
The residents' office was similarly well-organized. Every book lined up perfectly and twin Macs were oriented toward the home’s heart, the central courtyard.
The interior of the home is evidence of its meticulous owners. Everything has its place, hidden behind sleek white shelving systems.
The interior of the home is evidence of its meticulous owners. Everything has its place, hidden behind sleek white shelving systems.
The front door is an awe-inspiring, 14-foot, mixed wood creation made by L.A. custom door fabricators Real Door Inc. The wood used in making the door were mostly leftovers from the shop, says Dino of Real Door Inc. A gentle wave pattern accentuates the material's natural grain.
The front door is an awe-inspiring, 14-foot, mixed wood creation made by L.A. custom door fabricators Real Door Inc. The wood used in making the door were mostly leftovers from the shop, says Dino of Real Door Inc. A gentle wave pattern accentuates the material's natural grain.
Minarc intentionally used materials commonly used in industrial settings and declined to paint over it. Their strategy made the home low-maintenance, perfect for the six members of the family, three dogs and an ever changing roster of foster pets who would call it home.
Minarc intentionally used materials commonly used in industrial settings and declined to paint over it. Their strategy made the home low-maintenance, perfect for the six members of the family, three dogs and an ever changing roster of foster pets who would call it home.
The office is hidden behind the first living area, completely removed from a visitor’s field of vision. It gives the owners a private place to work, while still keeping them connected to the rest of the home. It is a clever use of space says one visitor.
The office is hidden behind the first living area, completely removed from a visitor’s field of vision. It gives the owners a private place to work, while still keeping them connected to the rest of the home. It is a clever use of space says one visitor.
The 4,500-square-foot, six-bedroom, two-story home has multiple living areas rendered in a neutral color palette and punched up with bright color.
The 4,500-square-foot, six-bedroom, two-story home has multiple living areas rendered in a neutral color palette and punched up with bright color.
This home was moved into almost two years ago, but shows little wear.
This home was moved into almost two years ago, but shows little wear.
Windows create a lot of the drama in the Rose House. Each one was thoughtfully planned out and placed by architect Robert Thibodeau, says the owner.
Windows create a lot of the drama in the Rose House. Each one was thoughtfully planned out and placed by architect Robert Thibodeau, says the owner.
Look behind the mid-century facade, and a back patio offers an unexpected 180-degree view of the Los Angeles basin.
Look behind the mid-century facade, and a back patio offers an unexpected 180-degree view of the Los Angeles basin.
All appliances and fixtures in the home are positioned around the core of the home. Only about 5 percent of the electrical resides throughout the rest of the home. The rest is centrally located in the Core. The Core also houses 100 percent of all heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. This makes it easy to assess the condition of each system and, eventually, to upgrade when the time comes.
All appliances and fixtures in the home are positioned around the core of the home. Only about 5 percent of the electrical resides throughout the rest of the home. The rest is centrally located in the Core. The Core also houses 100 percent of all heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. This makes it easy to assess the condition of each system and, eventually, to upgrade when the time comes.

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