Home of the Future, or Home of the NOW?
This energy-generating refined home deigned by famous Norway-based Architecture firm “Snohetta” is more than just elegant and sophisticated from an aesthetic point of view. That’s right – this chic home also specializes in energy efficiency by tapping into both passive and active forms of harvesting nature’s best. It collects and repurposes rainwater, soaks in the sun and transforms into energy, and even utilizes the principle of thermal mass to stabilize temperatures and eliminate the need for heating and cooling.
Plus House Larvik is a pilot project on a family house out of the ordinary. By optimizing architectural qualities and technological solutions, the house serves both the living and energy needs of a family house, in addition to generating enough energy surpluses to power an electric car year-round. The house in the garden has a characteristic tilt towards southeast and a sloping roof surface clad with solar panels and collectors. These elements, together with geothermal energy from energy wells in the ground, serve the energy need for the house. Daylight, views, and contact with landscape and outdoor space are reconciled with the need for balancing sealed walls and windows. Heating and cooling is solved passively through placement of glass surfaces, orientation, house geometry, and volume. Focus has been put on creating a homely house and the outdoor atrium with fireplace and furnishing, surrounded by stacked firewood and bricks, contribute to this atmosphere – a feeling of cabin life in one of the world’s most advanced family houses.
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