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.

FARO Architecten Lisserbroek

land­goed de olmen­horst
lis­ser­weg 487d
2165 as lisserbroek

ves­tig­ing oost
oude kraan 72
6811 ll arnhem

+31 (0) 252 414777

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