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Chris Briffa Architects’ Sustainable Hanging Home Features a Green Roof in Malta

Posted By Andrew Goodwin On February 15, 2013 @ 2:30 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,energy efficiency,Environment,Gallery,Green Building | 1 Comment

Malta, Chris Briffa Architects, Naxxar, Hanging Home, zoning requirements, green roof, low energy, home, single family, residence, concrete hanging slab [1]

The lot that the Hanging Home resides on is approximately 250 square meters in size and the zoning regulations only allowed for 40% site coverage. With a demanding program for such a small site, the design team decided that literally cantilevering half the house over the outdoor spaces [2] would help to get the home past zoning regulations. Therefore, portions of the dining and living rooms float on a hanging concrete slab over the outdoor pool.

The home appears as if a sleek and modern cube was cut and decorated with traditional Maltese louvered doors. A steel staircase leads to the wood slate and glass entry. Adjacent to the entry is a semi-buried volume, which houses the home office. This space has its own entrance from the street and is designed for natural daylighting [3] and ventilation. This grass-roofed [4] volume also creates a privacy screen for the side outdoor area that includes the pool, a garden, and outdoor dining area.

Chris Briffa Architects designed this home to be warmed by low-energy radiant floor heating during the winter and cooled by natural ventilation during the summer. The double height space above the main staircase also acts as a cooling tower in the summer by drawing heat up from the warmer living spaces through the introduction of cross ventilation [5]. The home stands out not only because of its modern stylings, but also because of its attention to sustainability in a simplistic way.

+Chris Briffa Architects [6]

Via Freshome [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=480416

[2] outdoor spaces: http://inhabitat.com/landscape-architecture

[3] daylighting: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting

[4] grass-roofed: http://inhabitat.com/north-shore-community-colleges-solar-powered-health-professions-center-achieves-zero-net-energy-building-standards/

[5] cross ventilation: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=cross+ventilation

[6] Chris Briffa Architects: http://www.chrisbriffa.com/home

[7] Freshome: http://freshome.com/2013/01/30/sculptural-white-cube-suspended-over-a-narrow-garden-in-malta/

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