Prototipo di Casa Unifamiliare, Low-Energy Green


AKA Architetti just won an international competition for their development of a single-family home prototype that’s low-energy and very stylish.  Their design, pictured above and below, will be commercialized in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, with the first units in Darb, Germany in 2008.  The residential prototype calls for eco-friendly materials, photovoltaics on the pitched roof, and energy-saving devices and appliances.  The home will be sufficiently roomy at a decent 1,400 sf big, too.

The architects designed the home to be flexible to site demands to maximize potential environmental benefits from proper solar orientation.  The first floor, which comprises most of the community/gathering areas, has lots of glass and blurs the boundary between indoors and out.  The second floor, which will have more of the private rooms and spaces, is made entirely of wood.  That little roof space looks just perfect for a living garden, too.  Via dezeen.




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  • Daniel Goodell

    Can the sun’s energy coming in the windows really make up for the heat loss out of them in the winter? Most of the energy lost through a well-insulated house in the winter is through windows afaik. I suppose in the summer aluminum reflective shades could minimize the air cooling requirements.

  • House Plans

    It is great to see more people interested in green home designs! We have to do everything we can to help, and this is a great start.

  • dezine

    No offence to the designers but really this is a terribly designes home in terms of energy efficiency. As one of the earlier commenters stated the heat loss seems not at all compensated for by the solar gain, there seem to be no real eaves, the window hieght is laughable (the ceiling aspect only looses energy and gains none)… etc. I could go on and on.
    The residence seems to primarilly be a fashionable abode, rather than a well designed home. My issue is really that these two functions do not need to be competition with each other, they can actually exist and compliment each other, it just takes a little more thought than this.
    That said I really do like the look of the house, and with a little more though it could be a fantastic design.

  • Brent

    i think the 2nd level needs to be rethought as far as making it out of wood goes, using bamboo or maybe even steel would be more sustainable rather than cutting down 100 trees or so to make a house-in the long term reversing the affects its “green design” has. saying that i would love to live in one as it looks very stylish, although i believe privacy may be an issue.

    Good work guys It’d be good to see people like these making lots of $$$$$$$ out of houses with little carbon footprint

  • eco gordn

    That is a knock off of a home designed by Maya Lynn. It looks pretty but not really well designed.

  • Sam Freedoms Internet Marketing Controversy Blog

    Someone needs to consult a Feng Shui expert. With 1/3 of the upper floor looming over the porch like an impending collapse, the people who lived there would become psychotic or depressed in a matter of months.

    And if you think I just blindly believe wishy-washy, new age thinking, then it’s only because you really don’t know me. Feng shui has roots that go back 1000s of years.

    Another thing that would make better use of the wasted space in the master bedroom would be a couple of beams and maybe a mini-loft.

    I don’t know about this one… seems it might be better to leave it for the squirrels.

  • grondeigenaar

    This is what I’m looking for!!

  • theDesertHouse

    This is an interesting design. I wonder how feasible it would be to build in the desert? I think it might be a little too high. Great site!


  • willG

    I wish it had a green roof!

    That’s really cool! I would love to see more ways for folks to put green roofs on their homes.

    I read a lot of cool green roof stuff at

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