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Carl Turner’s London Slip House Showcases Seductively Sustainable Design
Posted By Beth Buczynski On October 1, 2012 @ 12:20 pm In Architecture,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments
Transparency makes a lot of things better: solar panels, micro chips, corporate finances. Houses, our private oases from busy life, are not typically something you want to be see-through. Pushing the boundaries of sustainable design, architect Carl Turner recently chose to cover his new house with semi-transparent glass instead of traditional siding. The effect is strangely seductive, as passers-by can make out hints of what might linger behind the glass.
Positioned delicately among a row of traditional Victorian houses, Turner’s “Slip House ” is both understated and bold. The first thing one notices about the three-story residence is its staggered upper floors that cantilever towards the street. “We set out with a simple sculptural form of three cantilevered, or slipped, boxes,” Turner told Dezeen . “The upper box houses our living space, the middle box houses sleeping and bathing, and the ground box is given over to a multi-purpose space, currently housing our studio.”
The Slip House is built in the garden of a derelict house. In addition to the front gate and lower floors, the translucent glass panels extend up to form a barrier around the rooftop terrace and a set of photovoltaic solar panels  that generate electricity. The house also features a wildflower roof above the ground floor, a rain water harvesting system and ‘energy piles’ that use a solar-assisted ground source heat pump integrated into the pile foundations.
Turner hopes that the Slip House can serve as a design incubator, a prototype of the way brownfield  development can provide solutions for dense, flexible, urban living.
via Dezeen 
All photographs by Tim Crocker 
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URLs in this post:
 Slip House: http://www.ct-architects.co.uk/projects/slip-house/
 Turner told Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2012/09/27/slip-house-by-carl-turner-architects/
 solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-panels/
 brownfield: http://inhabitat.com/tag/brownfield/
 +Carl Turner Architects: http://www.ct-architects.co.uk/
 Tim Crocker: http://www.timcrocker.co.uk/
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