Sustainable Midcentury Home

This Sustainable Home Pays Homage to The Midcentury Modern Aesthetics

Sustainable Midcentury Home

Featured in architectural magazines and designed by Soheil Nakshab, this sustainable home does not only pay homage to midcentury modern aesthetics but is also a LEED Certified Gold House.

Nakshab opted to keep the lines of the original structure the same to preserve elements of the midcentury era that characterizes the original home.

These include post and beam construction and light wells that allow for natural light to come in. There is also copious amounts of floor to ceiling glass and built in furniture. The house – aptly named Pine Needles Residence – has a design goal of connecting the property to the outdoors.
As such, in line with repeating the connection to the outdoors and indoors constantly, each of the interior spaces has a direct view and access to the lush scenery and natural beauty of the vegetated greens of the picturesque lot.
This connection is, for Nakshab, what makes the property unique and special. Pine Needles Residence is a culmination of two worlds. It is located near the ocean, yet the visitor also feels like they are in a tree house as they are secluded within tall lush trees. Nakshab also paid great attention to detail – which could be challenging for the design process and construction.

However, Nakshab pushed through and the result was both unique and elegant. As the master builder and the architect, Nakshab would frequently adjust plans to match current requirements.

As a result, the house is a “completely custom collaboration in which both architect and client feel mutual admiration for each other’s contribution to what will likely be a well-lauded work of art.”


The exterior is a juxtaposition of dark tones which contrast the lights in the design of the residence. However, the home is not only aesthetically pleasing but also wildly sustainable.

According to Nakshab, they used “drought tolerant landscaping” to lower the water usage while the glass floor to ceiling windows allow for passive lighting as they let an abundance of natural light in.

These glass walls are retractable which function to bring continuity from the exterior to the interior and allow for passive ventilation within the house. A balcony also serves to allow the users to enjoy the beautiful sunset and have summer meals with their family and friends. 

The Pine Needles Residence is the result of a special venture for Nakshab. It is one of his most creative endeavors to date, and the house is the culmination of a collaboration with a client that shared the same vision as hin.

The spectacular outcomes is a result of that rare combination and the success of the Pine Needles Residence is only the beginning of this partnership as they continue to work on projects together. 


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