Conceptual Design: Natural Environment Integration. Small 1,000 sq. ft green house, built only with the needed space, set at the back of a 19,375 sq. ft property. This home is self-conscious of its natural environment and blends with its surroundings through its green roof. During the conceptual phase of the project, a debate about the controversy that architects have to stand out on every project arose, finally opting for a house concept that would become totally immersed on its natural environment, hidden by its surroundings. The house is situated at the back of the property for privacy purposes, placed on an area where no trees existed, transforming the daily coming and going to the house on a pleasant and relaxing walkway.
Open and Flexible Space. The house is designed as an open and flexible loft style space, based on the premise of organizing the different spaces in such a way that they can be visually connected to the exterior landscape. Its architectural program consists of a basic house program, optimizing mono-spacing and using just a small area of the property. Being self-conscious and using only the needed living space in harmony with the surrounding environment and its preservation is a way of optimizing resources and a sustainable way of living.
Bioclimatic Design: Energy Efficient Concept. The design is conceived through strict climate criteria, covering the comfort needs with the less possible energy consumption; this is achieved through a passive solar design that optimize natural renewable energy, energy used to generate comfort by means of sustainable design.
Green-Roofed House: Natural Thermal Insulation. Besides replacing the green space used for construction, the green roof helps retain dust and pollutants, improve the climate by reducing the “Heat Island” effect and conforming an excellent interior thermal insulation, providing more comfort to the user.
Sustainable Design: Smallest Footprint Possible. Passive Solar Design: How sunlight affects the facades was also taken into account into the design, using eaves and louvers for the windows, avoiding solar heat gain and saving energy.
Natural Cross Ventilation: Windows are designed facing each other and oriented to the prevailing winds, naturally refreshing the spaces without the use of air conditioning on a very hot climate.
Evaporative Cooling: Air temperature lowers as it passes through the evaporating water of the humid green roof just before entering through the window.
Solar Protection: The shadows generated by the “Perene” leaf trees are used to avoid solar west radiation. 26 to 33 ft tall trees of abundant foliage.
Reducing the “Heat Island” Effect: A green roof reduces heat absorption as far as 84%, relieving the urban “Heat Island” effect.
Natural Illumination: The house has big openings to optimize natural illumination, providing excellent daylight and reducing energy consumption.
Preserving Existing Vegetation: The house is integrated to the site preserving the existing trees to take advantage of the natural shadows they generate, being more ecologically conscious.
Waste Treatment: An ecological waste treatment is integrated to the design, using a biodigestor that converts 90% of treated water into an irrigation channel.
Compost: Compost is integrated to transform organic kitchen waste, dry leaves and mowed grass into usable soil for garden use.
Hurricane-proof Design: The house is designed 5 ft above the street level to prevent flooding and the closing mechanism of all windows is made of steel, preventing projectile risk during hurricanes.
Energy Saving . Energy Consumption: All the electric appliances and the low consumption light bulbs were carefully selected. The average monthly energy consumption is of 260 pesos, about 19 American dollars.
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