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Kokopo House Fuses Luxury and Sustainability Under One Roof

Posted By Ginger Dolden On June 17, 2009 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture | 1 Comment

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The Kokopo House [2] proves that luxury, eco-minded amenities and off-grid living may co-exist. Peering over the top of the forest, the home’s open structure creates a luxurious treehouse-like escape deep within Papua New Guinea’s volcanic region. Open to the elements, the Kokopo House [2] contains no windows, allowing for natural circulation to pass through the barrier-free house. The walls encourage wind movement and cross ventilation through geometric shapes and patterns that are inspired by the flow of volcanic lava.

The Kokopo House [2] was designed to be the luxurious home of a Shipping CEO, but the architects made sustainability a major priority in the making of this unique dwelling. Two water storage tanks, connected to the roof, will collect water to be used for drinking water and for use in the kitchen and toilets. Without a grid to source electricity, solar water heaters will be used to heat water, and low-wattage LED’s [3] will be used throughout the house for light. The stunning regional beauty and tropical climate were both taken into consideration in the design and layout of this structure; and the house will also utilize materials that are indigenous to the area.

Via World Architecture News [2]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=33573

[2] Kokopo House: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11735

[3] low-wattage LED’s: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/02/07/ask-inhabitat-what-are-the-greenest-lightbulb-options/

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