Gallery: Exploded House Keeps Interior Cool With Rooftop Rainwater Pool...

In Bodrum, in southwest Turkey, antiquated building codes restrict homes to a size of 75 sq meters or less, making constructing new homes a bit more challenging. Global Architectural Development responded to this law by designing a house made of three separate buildings connected by glass atrias. Dubbed the 'Exploded House' this concrete houme sits neatly above the port settlement and takes advantage of breezes through electronic sliding windows. However, one of the more interesting features of the Exploded Home is that the roof has been covered in pools that collect rainwater, and act as a natural cooling system for the structure.

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  1. Brian Wilmer March 9, 2015 at 4:20 am

    It\\\’s always unnerving to have water collecting on a roof as a home owner, but I like the design. It will work if the collecting pools are made deep enough to allow evaporation during the dry season, then they can be refilled during the wet season. Water can also act as insulation in the cold.

  2. Practical October 18, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Nice concept, but the architects have not considered water evaporation rates in the area.

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