STEIGEREILAND 2.0 — SUSTAINABLE IN WOOD
In Amsterdam’s IJburg steigereiland, FARO has built an energy-neutral dwelling according to the standards of Cradle to Cradle. All materials are or compostable or recyclable. The House is also the first building in Netherlands with two passive-Build-quality marks, granted for both the design and the built result.
Based on the principles of passive homes, much attention was given to insulation. Organic insulation materials and wood pulp are used along with the most modern insulation materials used in the petrochemical industry. The windows contain triple glazing, the detailing is designed complete air-tight and even the doors are insulated, including the cat-flap.
The principal material is wood. Wood is chosen because of its beauty and the cradle to cradle principles, but also because its comfort and acoustics. The façade is made of charred larch, according to an old Japanese tradition. The charred layer makes it unnecessary to paint or treat the wood. An enormous tree trunk on iron rods, ‘carries’ the second floor.
Since the work of the Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimoro was a major inspiration in the design of this house, the Japanese tradition of using living or natural elements like a branch or a rock in the design is also honored here. Building in wood allows you to show the material in a number of different ways: pulp, boards, branches, treated, natural or charred. Creating a sense of admiration gives this home more depth.
An energy-neutral home according to the passive home principles hardly needs energy to heat the house. Electricity is generated by a wind turbine on the roof. 14 m² of heat pipes are integrated in the roof line, these provide warm tap water. Air from outside is heated up by a Sole ground heat exchanger before entering the house. Apart from all these high tech features, the house also uses low tech solutions. A summer night ventilation system works by opening a shutter on the ground floor and on the top floors. And to increase thermic mass there are adobe walls on the sleeping floors, this adobe is enhanced with Phase Changing Materials that absorb heat during the day and release it during the night.