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Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

Posted By Mark Boyer On March 12, 2014 @ 11:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,energy efficiency,Environment,Gallery,Green Roof | 1 Comment

Edgeland House, Bercy Chen Studio, earth sheltered house, Austin, earth-bermed house

The form of the home itself is shaped like a scar, perhaps commenting on the site’s industrial past, while the lush sod represents healing. According to the architects, the home is a modern reinterpretation of the Native American pit house, which is one of the oldest types of housing used in North America. Like a traditional pit house, the Edgeland House is built below grade, and it takes advantage of the earth’s thermal mass for more efficient [1] heating and cooling.

Edgeland House, Bercy Chen Studio, earth sheltered house, Austin, earth-bermed house

In order to build the house, the architects excavated 7 feet of soil from the site, and they installed a lush green roof. The home also features a “smart pool,” which provides additional thermal mass that ties into the geothermal heating [2] and cooling system. “The project raises awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources by creating a balance between the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on opposite side of the site,” according to a statement from Bercy Chen Studio LP.

+ Bercy Chen Studio LP [3]

via Home Adore [4]

Photos © Bercy Chen Studio

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[4] Home Adore: http://www.homeadore.com/2013/02/07/edgeland-house-bercy-chen-studio-lp/

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