Are the Japanese Always a Step Ahead?
One thing’s for sure…. the Japanese are intelligent, innovative, and solution-oriented. And in this example, they’ve introduced the world to a couple revolutionary methods of regulating the temperature of your home, sans air conditioning. Take a look!
Greenhouses aren’t just for plants; the concept can be used for human habitation too, as we have seen in this off-grid home that’s been surrounded by a conventional greenhouse to reduce heating costs. Instead of being surrounded by a glass skin, the appearance and thermal system of this two-story residence in Sapporo, Japan, is inspired by greenhouse design, using inexpensive materials and a minimalist aesthetic. The main house is highly insulated, and relies on the solar orientation of the terrace to keep it warm throughout the year. Here, the enclosed but un-insulated, light-filled terrace acts as a sun room to diffuse heat through the house. The sun-terrace is a glorious, double-height space, crowned with skylights, which warms the home in winter and becomes an open space flowing out into the garden during the warmer months.
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