Warburg is Simple, Modern, and Efficient

There’s something about the traditional yet contemporary “house-shaped” form of this design that just resonates with me.  The home was designed by an Alberta-based studio called Bioi pursuant to the owner’s request for something simple, contemporary, and energy efficient with a build cost of less than $100,000.  It turns out, Warburg House received the highest EnerGuide rating available without generating its own energy, according to featured project information at Architizer.

That is to say, when there’s a budget, energy-generating technology (i.e., small wind, solar, geothermal, etc) is secondary to the primary goal of minimizing energy consumption with a thoughtful whole-house design.  In this case, the steel structure wasn’t given an opportunity to break the envelope.

The 750-square-foot modern home, located on a wooded farmstead in Warburg, has a structural steel frame that’s covered in a thick R40 skin with an outer layer of black corrugated steel.  The end walls and deck are finished with cedar, while the interior floor is polished concrete with embedded radiant heat.

Inside, the simple layout fits with an industrial design of the remaining fixtures and furnishings.  An object in the middle, covered in birch, houses the bathroom, kitchen, laundry, mechanical equipment, and storage.  Finally, windows punched into the envelope provide a path for natural light.

[+] More about Warburg House from architects Bioi.

Credits: Alison Andersen; noticed at MoCo Loco.


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  • Lurker

    nice. form follows function. I like it. cheap can be beautiful.

  • Greytoes_99

    Inexpensive does not mean ugly and this proves it. 
    I presume the $100K price did not include the land. 

    • andrew

      of course not!

  • megawatts

    Good Job, simple, like the interior massing of mechanicals, bathing, laundry, and kitchen!

  • Allen

    Eliminate the Object. Put a sleeping loft over the area instead, tied into the beams.

  • Allen

    Eliminate the Object. Put a sleeping loft over the area instead, tied into the beams.

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