Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects have designed six new passive house designs for presentation at the Stockholm Housing Fair occurring October 9-12, 2008. Shown in collaboration with Emrahus, these prefabricated, zero energy designs present a compelling concept for what is possible with good design and conscious materials. Passive houses, using the definition of KKA on their website, "are extremely well-insulated buildings that are largely heated by the energy already present in the building." Passive homes attempt to rely as little as possible on extra mechanical systems — they conserve first and foremost. Scroll through these six passive home designs and leave a vote for your fave:
VILLA VÄRDE : 1292 square feet, 3 bedrooms – this design is meant for a smaller family looking for a more economical approach to living. With the lofty living room, the design feels larger than it actually is.
VILLA TÅRTAN : 1862 square feet, 4 bedrooms – this home is split between three levels with the dining room, living room, and kitchen on ground level; the terrace, bedrooms, and bathrooms on the second level; and one large private bedroom on the top floor. Entertain on the bottom, live in the middle, and relax at the top.
VILLA DRAGSPEL : 1076 – 2153 square feet, 2-4 bedrooms – this home design is based loosely on the concept of an accordion. With the living space on one end and the master bedroom on the other, the house expands and contracts in the middle depending on how large a home design you prefer. A storage wall stretches down the entire accordion portion of the home.
VILLA FIXA : 2045 square feet, 4 bedrooms – this home is meant to be open and spacious for owners that want high ceilings and room to spread out.
VILLA SIDA VID SIDA : 1722 square feet, 2 bedrooms – the side by side house is actually divided into three distinct portions. The largest portion has the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. The other two contain a smaller bedroom and then the laundry, storage, and bathroom portion.
VILLA MITTSKEPP : 1722 square feet, 2 bedrooms – this home design was meant to refer back to old Swedish timber log houses and still use interior space in a contemporary manner. The homeowners enter through the winter garden, which is plush with tomatoes and flowers, and find themselves in a large, spacious living room.
Photo credits: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects.