Today we are highlighting an environmentally genius home in Kitasaku District, Japan. This structure was conceived by Kotaro Ide / ARTechnic architects and constructed in 2008. This house is not only a unique architectural marvel, it also is intended to coexist with nature as a weekend retreat to escape busy weekday life in Tokyo.
What Makes it Energy Efficient:
- Due to the humid climate it is constructed mainly of steel to reduce deterioration.
- Custom made floor heating improves the energy efficiency and prevents the growth of mold. By dividing the oval section with a flat floor, a bow-shaped space serves as a heat chamber. Warm air blows from locations of frequent use will efficiently heat the flooring.
- Since the house is not utilized full-time, other measures were added to automatically kick in to run an antifreeze procedure, dehumidification and ventilation as needed.