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Greener Than Thou: Architecture Watch Edition

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Greener Than Thou is our report on San Francisco’s obsession with all things green, giving credit where credit is due and calling bullshit when the need arises. Feeling morally superior on the green front? Testify!

A world record has been reached on the green real estate front: The plans this 'thoroughly modern manor house' situated on a 500-acre nature preserve Cotswold, U.K. recently sold for £7.2m— or $14,249,703 USD, according to today's exchange rate— to an anonymous buyer, rumored to be in the entertainment industry. Inspired by a bee orchid found on the estate, East London architect (and designer of the 2012 Olympic atheles' village) Sarah Featherstone designed the house, whose complicated building plans are expected to take three years to realize— the finished product is expected to produce more energy than it will expend. Incidentally, Featherstone's firm is also working on the 2012 Olympic athletes' village. Mr. Bradley Pitt is said to have considered the plans, natch.
· Eco-house in Cotswold sells for a world record £7.2m [Daily Mail]