Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop.
This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage home, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea.
The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either.
An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly invisible outline, making it almost mirage-like on the rooftop pool that seems to stretch right into the sea.
Though completely incredible, the views are not the only thing the residence has to offer.
The pool was not only installed to top the construction off with extreme decadence, but it also has a functional aspect. It provides the roof of the structure, but it also works double duty as effective insulation, reflecting the hot sun’s rays and transferring the absorbed heat.
Smartly using available thermal cooling capabilities, the living portions of the home being buried into the earth in this way drastically aid in energy saving as it naturally regulates the temperature indoors.
The back walls were formed from retained earth which helps to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
Low impact local materials were used where possible and the structure also reportedly utilized supplies that provide extremely efficient insulation, thus reducing some of the energy costs.
Customary building techniques were applied in the formation of the stone walls, which create an unobtrusive entryway down into the home, and also forms and overlaps to make an unbelievable deck area.
Not a bad blend of ultra-extravagance and earth smart construction.
All images are © Kois Associated Architects.
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