Before your eyes roll completely out of your head with the news that accomplished underpants model Gisele Bundchen and her husband, lusted-after professional football playa Tom Brady, will soon be moving into their 22,000-square-foot “green” dream home in the chichi Brentwood section of Los Angeles (neighbors include fellow mega-rich supermodel Heidi Klum), I’ll say this much: at least she tried.

Bundchen and BradyBrazil-born Bundchen, in addition to her modeling and occasional acting duties, has served as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 2009, and frequently lends her face and name to various environmental causes (perhaps something she picked up during all those years dating Leonardo DiCaprio?). The 31-year-old beauty with a chronic case of foot-in-mouth disease was also recently named Best Green International Celebrity.

So of course, Bundchen felt the need (or the pressure, rather) to walk the talk when it came to reportedly outfitting her $20 million home castle with as many eco-friendly bells and whistles as possible: solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, rainwater recycling, sustainable building materials, and more. The home, which has been under construction for 18 months, also features eight bedrooms, a six-car garage, a nursery for Bundchen and Brady’s young son Benjamin, a wine cellar, an elevator, a training area for Brady, an indoor bridge connecting the two wings of the home, a lagoon-shaped pool, and enough water features to make Celine Dion drool at the mouth. And what? No breast-feeding suite?

The home, which looks more like a hotel than anything, appears to be a chateau-inspired monstrosity, of the kind favored by NFL players and Candy Spelling. And from what I’ve seen of the nearly completed home, I don’t think the Bundchen-Brady residence is that exciting or innovative looking … just a really, really big home for two really, really good-looking people who receive really, really big paychecks. I'd be curious to hear more about the supposed sustainable features once the couple is all moved in.

Via [Boston Herald

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Brady and Bundchen's gargantuan 'green' manse nears completion
Construction wraps up on the really, really large Los Angeles home of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel environmentalist Gisele Bundchen