HERE’S A HOME THAT EMBRACES THE IDEA OF WORKING WITH NATURE
Need some inspiration for sustainable house design? The Casa Modelo in Ubatuba, Brazil is sure to help you come up with some good ideas! Designed by local firm PITTA Arquitetura, the many elements of the location’s tropical climate and weather helped them come up with a design that not only wards off these elements, but it also does so naturally.
How? Well, they incorporated high ceilings and wide openings in the home to take advantage of the flowing winds for natural ventilation. The strategic placement of windows and overhangs also play an important role in the whole design—to regulate the indoor temperature during the summer and winter seasons.
During the summer season, overhangs shield the bedrooms from the hot sunlight. While during the winter season, the tall north-facing windows let in warm sunlight which warms up the home’s concrete walls. All of this maintains a level of comfort for its residents without having to rely on appliances.
The home is set in a humid climate with hot summers and large amounts of rainfall, so the vegetation, sun, precipitation, and wind were all important factors for the architects to address.
Elevated above the ground, nestled amidst existing trees and vegetation, the home does not interfere with the existing topography—it embraces it without disturbing it.
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