Gallery: Modern Biophilic Sunroom Heats a 19th Century-Pittsburgh House


This nifty greenhouse and sun room sits atop a 19th century row house in the South Side Flats of Downtown Pittsburgh. While the sawtooth roof may look contemporary, studio d’ARC actually borrowed the profile from the building’s original greenhouse erected in the ‘70s. The design has lost no punch as it contrasts with the dark factory brick homes of a century ago. Using passive heating the project also helps warm the lower flats — like the original design, but with new efficient equipment that also pumps fresh air into the building. Tenants are given much-needed space to garden and can hang out on the sun deck while taking in the city views and sun rays.

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  1. alexberezin January 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm


  2. Holcim Awards January 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    It is always great to see people making use of passive energy systems and utilizing solar energy to help ease reliance on fossil fuels. In this case it is even better to see this being done through contemporary architecture. Really excellent project!

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