While we love the recent wave of one-off passive houses popping up around the world, we're happy to hear that a whole development of passive houses is planned for the Parisian suburb of Pantin. Paris-based firm MUT Architecture is in the planning stages for a development of 12 single-family houses that will all be designed to highly energy-efficient passive house standards. The homes are constructed from wood and feature a staggered orientation that captures the sun more effectively than traditional typologies.
Each of the 12 houses leans to a different side, allowing them to make the most of the site’s available solar resource. Generous glazing on the front and rear of each house draws in light and encourages natural ventilation as part of the circulation strategy. Some of the windows wrap the corners of the facades and even the roof line to break up the facades. Passive solar design keeps the homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Large wooden shingles clad the exterior of the homes, and exposed wood panels line the interior walls. Factory cutoffs are used to construct the stairs, doors, and furniture, and this use of wood on both the interior and exterior unifies the home and accents the large gardens in the back. Solar thermal systems provide hot water, which is recuperated and cycled to maximize energy efficiency. Construction on the project is expected to begin sometime in 2011 and it is slated to be completed in 2012.