Given the competition brief to design a building as both eco-lodging and an educational environment we felt the best format to achieve this was to design a prototype eco-house for the 21st Century. Le Corbusier characterized a house as a “machine for living in” and with that in mind we designed a domestic architecture that responds to its environment both actively and passively. Juxtaposed to this concept we also focussed on this house as being home, not just a showcase for current green technology and in so doing provide an environment visitors can relate to and be seduced into emulating. The design for the eco-house was generated by a reductive process that sought to find an essential green living environment. The eco-house assumes a low profile in the landscape; this compact form has both economic and environmental advantages. We choose a slightly smaller square footage than the brief implied so that more of the budget can be invested in technology and infrastructure.