RainShine House is a 2800 square foot modern luxury home in Decatur, Georgia designed by architect Robert M. Cain. This award-winning home features an amazing roof design, named the Butterfly, and is also the recipient of a Platinum LEED award for what is a truly innovative Eco-friendly construction. Let’s take a look at why this home received accolades for both its contemporary architecture and environmentally-friendly considerations.
The butterfly roof is designed to capture rainfall for a rain harvest system located in the basement (Rain) and is oriented to maximize southern exposure for a roof mounted photovoltaic system (Shine). That blend of architecture and science is precisely what we need to see in more sustainable home designs in the future.
The butterfly design, with it’s inverted gable, simplifies rainwater collection, eliminates extensive gutter and downspout systems and the associated maintenance headaches common in conventional gabled or hip roofed homes.
The RainShine house is not just about the external architecture, either. The home is defined internally by thick walls that cleverly function as storage, shelving, niches, pass-throughs, entertainment centers and closets.
The home makes use of extensive glazing to capture an abundant amount of natural light and to bring mother nature into the home.
Innovative Green and Earth-friendly design, with sustainable features, coupled with truly excellent contemporary styling inside and out makes the RainShine house in Decatur, Georgia a truly amazing Modern Dream Home.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 14 March, 2010