Situated in Singapore, Guz Architect’s Cluny House is a vision of luxury that sips energy and evokes its natural surroundings around every corner. The core of the home is a water court surrounded by open-air rooms crowned with green roofs. The smart design incorporates a range of green building strategies including material reuse, energy harvesting, and water conservation. The accommodations strike a subtle balance between sustainable building, nature, and high design -- the result is low-energy luxury.
The home’s seamless integration of natural elements pays off — the open courtyard with a beautiful pond in the center not only immerses residents in nature but also promotes good cross-ventilation throughout the home. Plants ringing the rooftop also help cool the space, and they are fed by water from rain runoff.
The home itself is constructed of reclaimed teak and timbers made from small strips of wood which would otherwise be scrap. Huge open spaces meld with the interior courtyard as a result of these structural elements. An EIB System may give the home its brains, but the high-tech heart of the project is an integrated solar electric and solar thermal system that provides for much of the home’s energy needs.
Via The Contemporist
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