The team at Italian architecture firm 0-co2 architettura sostenibile wanted to create a home that was influenced by the Italian coastal micro-climate and that was built with ancient rules of construction and locally sourced materials says Freshome writer Cara Anderson.

The G-M House is a traditional and sustainable home made with a number of unusual materials. Anderson writes:

The house has thick exterior walls made of Italian “tufo,” a stone that is formed as ash consolidates after a volcanic eruption. They are coated in a thermo-insulating material created with a number of local materials, including recycled prickly pear from the build site. In the winter, this combination captures and stores thermal energy.

But the opposite happens in the summer--the size and positions of the rooms and windows was carefully planned to create cross-ventilation that naturally cools the home.

Warm, neutral colors and natural materials on the inside of the home give it a relaxed feel and add to a sense of being connected with the region’s rich history.

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