Energy neutral homes focus on sustainable features, but this home located in Amsterdam, Netherlands also has an artistic element.
Designed and orchestrated by Pieter Weijnen of Faro architects, Steigereiland 2.0 is a home with an interesting exterior look. Sometimes townhouses or row homes can all blend together, but this one subtly stands out among its stylish neighbors with its own distinct and inventive expression.
It is a cradle to cradle construction, as all materials that were used are recyclable or compostable. The design team researched ways to optimize energy and material use to produce a fully efficient building. Reportedly, it is the first construction in the Netherlands to include 2 passive building approvals.
According to the architectural team it is also a first to employ the Shou Sugi Ban method in the building’s facade.
Shou Sugi Ban is a traditional Japanese practice that burns the wood to give it a charred appearance. Typically the Japanese cypress, or Sugi, is the kind of wood that is used but nearly any any type of wood can be used to achieve this presentation.
First, the wood is burned and then cooled. Then it is cleaned and finished with a natural oil coating. This technique helps to preserve the wood from the elements and aids in fire protection. The treatment also discourages insects.
Check out the process:
The home is solar system equipped and the rooftop wind turbine provides extra energy when needed. There is a separate storage and delivery room that services the captured energy.
One of the upper levels has a fireplace efficiently positioned next to the stairs. The warm air rises and provides heating for the next floor.
The interior is composed of recycled materials and relaxed, well-arranged portions, like the tree trunk beam that supports the living area above. It also provides the home office and dining space with a striking natural element.
The rooms are a mix of colorful accents and neutral tones, and the light wood and curvature creates a comfortable looking feel.
The environmentally attentive specifications in the home are attractive, just like all of the other neat details.
All images are © Pieter Weijnen via Faro.
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