Eco-Friendly Single Family Residence by AKA Architetti

by , 01/23/08

Eco-friendly Residential Prototype House, AKA Architetti, Italian Architecture, Green Home, Prototipo di Casa Unifamiliare

Italian designers are surely global frontrunners when it comes to cutting edge fashion and innovative design (as evidenced by our previous coverage of the 2007 Milan Furniture Fair). With this in mind, we are pleased to announce that AKA Architetti has just won an international competition for their development of a single-family, green home prototype that’s energy efficient, site adaptable, and incredibly stylish in its integration of interior and exterior architectural features.

Eco-friendly Residential Prototype House AKA Architetti Italian Architecture Green Home Prototipo di Casa Unifamiliare

AKA Architetti‘s award-winning residential design ‘Prototipo di Casa Unifamiliare‘ will be commercialized in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland with the first units scheduled to be built in Darb, Germany this year. This one-family residential prototype is 1,400 sf with expansive first floor windows and an open plan that blurs the boundaries between the domestic living quarters and the surrounding landscape. The second floor unit allows for more intimate, private spaces and is constructed entirely of wood. A green space patio also extends the footage of the second floor so that it is at tree level and naturally cooled by breezes and plantings.

The award-winning prototype utilizes eco-friendly materials (specifics of which are not yet provided on the architects’ website), photovoltaics on the pitched roof, and the latest in energy-saving devices and home appliances. The architects also designed the green home to be flexible to site demands in order to maximize on potential environmental benefits from proper solar orientation. Who would have thought that family dwellings of the future would take on such chic, sustainable dimensions?

+ AKA Architetti
via Jetson Green

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  1. Renu February 19, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Allow me a short introduction. Architecture Update, a nascent venture of Economic Research India Ltd(, is a fortnightly newspaper enabling a mode of communication for exchange of ideas and information among the architectural community… A means to track changes and stay on track.

    The March issue of the newspaper is Anniversary issue focusing on ‘Sustainable Architecture’. We would like to include the details of this Eco-friendly Pre-fab Project by AKA Architetti in our March issue.Kindly send the architectural details of this project at the earliest. We will be closing the issue on 25th February. kindly acknowledge.

    Warm regards,
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  2. Oliver February 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I think the important words we might be missing are ‘site adaptable’. There is no cause necessarily to think that we will end up with a suburb full of things like this, as it rarely happens that way with the types of houses on offer in the current market.

    The interesting point with this sort of ‘bleeding edge’ architecture is the flow on effects for the industry, and how these ideas can be copied 1) verbatim for those who want it or 2) subtly into housing styles that people perceive as normal.

    Richie Says:
    January 24th, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Interesting. With variable louvers on the first floor glass areas, privacy could be achieved.

    It doesn’t take long to find good solutions to any problems faced here.

  3. Ryan January 27, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Along the same line as Kat’s comment, when are we going to be seeing housing that will be practical to build in a regular old neighborhood? Or housing that could integrate into a dense urban environment? Or, affordable housing?

    How many people have acres of rural property that they’re going to use to build an ultra-modern manufactured home?

    I understand we’re in the infancy of this mode of thinking, let alone living, but the renderings that have been espoused here (and other places) for the last couple years remind me of the renderings of homes from the 1960’s. You know, “The House of Tomorrow” and the like.

    I want something realistic!

  4. Fred Thompson January 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I hope that the architecture, engineering and actual structure are much better then these blurry, out-of-focus renderings.

  5. Erik van Lennep January 25, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Slap on a green roof, add some planter boxes or beds to grow some kitchen veggies close by, harvest the roof water, and I wouldn’t mind living in it. Plenty of space inside and out for normal living. Issues of proximity to neighbours, feelings of privacy etc are not just for the architects, but need to be considered by developers, planners, residents and others. We need to rethink how we locate and layout our housing as much as how we design the units. And don’t forget the entire discussion of “programme”. Feelings of privacy relate to sense of security, which is impacted by expectations of social or antisocial behaviour in the community, which relates to education and access, which means any structure is one statement in a much longer conversation. Personally, I like what this design is saying so far……

  6. Michael Max January 24, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Makes me wonder how this awkward looking thing won any kind of ‘design’ award let alone an international one when so many other prettier ‘green’ micro houses are out there. I think this one might have been more believable as winner of the ‘pug ugly’ award.

    Michael Max

  7. jim January 24, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Kat, we solved the vision problem with one-way glass in our urban homes. Our clients love the openness it gives them.

    I like the concept and hope that Inhabitat follows up with more details and projected costs as they become available.

  8. Leanne January 24, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    the whole idea of this design is sustainability. The reason there are so many windows is to use natural light as a light source. This may not be affordable to everyone but the design itself would be formatted induviually for each plot of land and 1400 sf is not that big. Window treatments could also solve the “pet store” feeling you would have. SUSTAINABLE is the idea.

  9. karl January 24, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I’m always fascinated by what happens when high architectural ideals are lived in for a while by actual people. They way real people change them and adapt them to their own needs. I imagine that in this case the ground floor windows would eventually get covered with curtains of various colors and patterns. That in and of itself would make for a visually interesting neighborhood. I hope it gets built so that we can see what happens.

  10. Richie January 24, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Interesting. With variable louvers on the first floor glass areas, privacy could be achieved. Also, water catchment from the roof would be a nice design feature. i believe that the key factor is cost. There are enough costly houses out there. And now, more that ever… given the state of the US economy and it’s drag down effect on other economies… inexpensive, yet great, housing designs are very welcome. And to be clear, inexpensive means less than $100K. It’s seriously time for financial ephemeralization… or ‘the doing more with less’ approach to housing costs. It appears that this house could possibly be built for less than $100K. We’ll see.

  11. Kat January 24, 2008 at 6:02 am

    apparantly not for suburbia, but for private, pristine, remote properties with a view. certainly not for your single AVERAGE family. can you imagine a neighborhood full of these? it’d be like walking through a people-sized petstore. lovely concept, for those of us with some acrage bewteen ouselves and the neighbors. i’m a little too modest to display myself in a store window, though. i do love the idea that upper-income families can opt for something smaller and incredibly stylish, rather than just plain big.

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