Thursday, May 28, 2009

Green House in Melbourne Designed By Zen

Zen Architects designed this sustainable home, and integrated vegetation and light to create a lush environment for the clients. Many sustainable elements went into the design, like passive heating through north oriented windows and a courtyard. Before you get all up in arms, let’s remember this house is in Australia, where they direct their houses to the north. Just a reminder for any aspiring architects from the Northern Hemisphere - if you intend to design for anything south of the equator, orient towards the north

to make shading in the summer they using Deciduous plants , and passive cooling was accomplished by cross ventilation and a “thermal chimney” through a two story void.

Storage water tanks is collecting by the roof from rainwater. Both rainwater and grey water are used in the 35 square meter (375 sq.ft.) garden. An additional rooftop garden provides even more outdoor space and insulation for the home. The garden even has a high tech automated irrigation system that waters the subsurface to minimize water lost through evaporation.


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