Nowhaus started its life as a 1950s rambler home in Minneapolis. However, through the ingenuity of LOCUS Architecture group, it was given a radical new look and green identity. The house's unique exterior appearance is largely due to the translucent polycarbonate sheathing that covers it, which was chosen for its passive solar heating qualities, translucency, and color characteristics. The house uses high-performance Loewen windows, Douglas fir from sustainably managed forests, passive solar heating, a vapor barrier, and salvaged materials.
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Located in a family-oriented urban neighborhood, the home has easy access to lakes and parks, and residents can bicycle commute to downtown Minneapolis. It is minutes away from freeways and within walking distance to schools, shops, and restaurants.
Inside, the home is filled with unique features and details and serves as a showcase for local artists. Concrete countertops, a copper shower, and a steel catwalk are only a few of the eclectic interior details.