Here’s some peculiar news in the world of green home building: Country Living has just announced that the magazine’s 2010 Home of the Year project, “Home Green Home,” will be constructed, unveiled, and opened to the public this June in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District of all places.

Okay, this does kind of make sense considering the project, a joint design/develop effort between the New York-based editors of Country Living and New World Home, will be located in a highly trafficked area. But I just can’t help but think of how jarring a 1,600-square foot modular home with (a 1,100-square foot wraparound porch!) that couples “green living with classic country style” will look smack dab in the middle of the Big Apple. Nashville, naturally; Tulsa, totally; Asheville, absolutely; Manhattan? Whoa. Talk about maximum exposure.

Despite the oddball choice of locale, the 2-bedroom, 2.5 bath countrified cottage — dubbed “The Hudson” after it’s location right on the Hudson River — has excellent eco-cred. It’s part of a series of modular, LEED-certified homes developed by New World Home and Hearst Brand Development called The Country Living Collection. As part of the collection, The Hudson (not the actual showcase house but the design) will even be available for purchase across the country.

Intrigued? I certainly am. If you’re in the NYC-area, the 2010 Home of the Year will be open to the public from June 4th through June 17th. Tours are free. After this, the home will retire permanently to slightly more bucolic digs: Crystal Springs Resort near Vernon, New Jersey. 

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

Green country living comes to the big bad city
Country Living's 2010 Home of the Year, a modular green cottage called 'The Hudson,' will be built and unveiled in a decidedly non-country locale: Lower Manhatt