Located in the wooded hills of Vicenza, Italy, this zero-energy studio uses all sorts of creative design strategies to produce its own energy and insulation. Geothermal power, solar power, and a Corten steel shell are some of most prominent factors in energy generation, but itâ€™s the 40,000 recycled plastic bottles making up the wall and roof insulation that really make this Tvzeb studio stand out.
The unique space is a collaboration between Traverso-Vighy Architecture and the University of Paduaâ€™s Department of Technical Physics. Environmental sensitivity was of the utmost importance when developing the design, which features a larch frame made of natural materials, a steel roof, and structure that can be completely disassembled and recycled if needed.
Energy is provided through 16 rooftop solar panels, a geothermal pump, and wood-fired stove that keeps the interior nice and warm during the winter. In the summer, a custom LED lighting system maximizes the use of natural light and keeps the interior at a comfortable temperature.
The best part is that not only is the home 100% self-sufficient with its energy supply, but the 40,000 plastic bottles make sure none of it goes to waste.