Viennese Juri Troy Architects has built an impressive low budget passive, called House Under the Oaks, in Eichgraben, Austria. To reduce its impact on the ground, this gorgeous family dwelling is essentially a sustainable wooden box that rests on six pillars. Extremely energy-efficient and well insulated, it's a fantastic example of how its possible to live big and beautifully using only minimal energy and materials.
Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing waste. Insulated with natural wood to protect against really cold weather, the home also features a wood patio and balcony for outdoor enjoyment during summer.
The Austrian home‘s interiors were built from local wood painted with a simple white-pigmented oil. Photovoltaic panels on the roof and a heat pump with a ground collector power this passive dwelling. A controlled ventilation system with heat exchange provides fresh air, reducing heating (and cooling) requirements, while saving energy and money.
Photos by Juri Troy Architects