Bioclimatic architecture focuses on the individual’s relation to environmental conditions and the climate when considering a build.
Thinking about how design and architectural elements can enhance a living space and property while allowing a home to be more connected to nature is the goal.
Bioclimatic homes apply traditional building methods that have been employed for centuries because they are common sense and they work, instead of relying only on mechanical systems.
Studying the geographic region, landscape and building site allow better decisions in making it more efficient. A bioclimatic home may also look at design in terms of biomimicry, or looking at how nature performs a certain action and then replicate it in the construction.
This type of build seeks to get the most from thermal heating and cooling for a comfortable home temperature. Using construction materials that include thermal mass will optimize the efficiency results.
Thick walls, shading, and structure and window placement to make the most of natural ventilation and sunlight are ways that increase a home’s performance.
This home located in Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife provides an example of a great balance of smart construction applications and a connection to nature. Aptly titled the Bioclimatic House from José Luis Rodríguez Gil Architect Studio, it works with the topography and uses local materials to provide the landowners with an efficient living space.
Rainwater collection, passive and active solar outlets, ventilation, renewable energy and using sustainable materials are other applications that work to make the structure more naturally resourceful.
The chosen building materials have a high thermal mass, and include basalt and stone in the north facing stone wall. There is also volcanic charcoal in the roof insulation. Additionally, the home does not contain environmentally toxic compounds or synthetic finishes.
In the daytime the living room area and social zones make the most of the sunlight and rooftop solar panels power the electricity and hot water.
A neat balance of blending and connecting to the environment, but at the same time protecting it from the climate and offsetting emissions, the Bioclimatic House is a model of responsible construction.
All images are © José Luis Rodríguez Gil Architect Studio.
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