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Hill-Shaped French Eco House is a New “Wave” in Green Building
Posted By Andrew Michler On June 1, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Design,Gardening and Plants,Green Building,Green Roof,Innovation,Landscape Architecture,Sustainable Materials | 4 Comments
Parisian architect Patrick Nadeau  is currently constructing a gorgeous green house disguised as a grassy hill in the city of Reims, France. Spotted over on Dezeen , La Maison-Vague or the “Wave House” is clearly for plant lovers, as the contoured roof is dedicated to our leafy friends. Its unique take on green roof  design is testament to the every-expanding array of green building options that are available — we love how the home’s rolling roof infuses landscape architecture  with building design. Mr. Nadeau is constructing the home now and plans to complete it by late 2011.
Another unique design feature is how the home’s perimeter is raised a couple of feet (half a meter) to act as a perimeter bench. The façade is constructed of double-skin polycarbonate glass — the same material used in greenhouses. The architect describes the vegetation as “a mix of grasses, leafy succulents, thymes, lavenders and other small aromatic and perennial plants distributed in relationship to the inclination of the hull structure.” If you have been paying attention to green building you probably know by now how impressive green roofs  can be at providing insulation — especially keeping a building cool during the summer months through evapotranspiration . A custom water misting system will be incorporated and used “only if extremely necessary.” Magnifique vert!
+ Patrick Nadeau 
Via Dezeen 
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URLs in this post:
 Patrick Nadeau: http://www.patricknadeau.com/
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/05/30/la-maison-vague-by-patrick-nadeau
 green roof: http://inhabitat.com/green-roof/
 landscape architecture: http://inhabitat.com/landscape-architecture/
 evapotranspiration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transpiration
 + Patrick Nadeau: http://www.patricknadeau.com/?p=767
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/
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