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The Netherlands’s First Energy-Neutral Monumental House by Zecc Architects Wins BNA Building of the Year
While the house appears to be pretty conventional from the outside, we can sense a mysterious that radiates from within. Surrounded by high trees, the has a solid front door facing the street and actually looks bigger than it actually is.
The house has been extended at the back with a a glass box topped with a concrete roof containing all new installations. One Planet Architecture Institute developed the house’s energy-neutral system, making sure that all the work done to the existing building is reversible and can be undone without leaving a trace. To insulate the villa, natural materials have been used where possible. The internal walls have been insulated with wood fiber and finished with a layer of mud plaster. The original wooden roof was insulated with flax — a natural ‘breathable’ material commonly used with half-timbered houses in the southern Netherlands and Germany.
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