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PHOTOS: Inside the New Williamsburg Passive House by Loadingdock5

by , 04/19/11
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The design team then led us through the neon pink front door to the residence, and up two flights of stairs to the main residential space. Impressive 6′-6″ x 10′ triple-glazed sliding doors, manufactured by Austrian company Walch, allow cool air to flow into the room, and a hatch flushes warm air out through the roof. On the day of our visit, there was a lovely breeze that balanced the cozy temperature inside.

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The 20-foot tall room, elegantly furnished under GGrippo’s direction, portrays a clean aesthetic of bright colors and simple lines fit for the creative couple and their young daughter. The design also provides a contrast to the whitewashed concrete walls and exposed ceilings, preserving the openness of the double height spaces, while focusing visual activity at floor level. Light streaming in from the double-height facade bounced around the brightly colored space, transforming the calculated design into an active living zone perfect for hosting parties and dinners, or taking out crayons and coloring away!

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  1. amarchitx Amarchitx February 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I understand the great use of open staircase for air circulation, but do these stairs meet code? The riser height openings seem to be larger than the 4″ round sphere rule.

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  3. loadingdock5 April 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

    the construction costs were $650k
    not millions

  4. jetle25 April 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Ok great. But this looks mighty expensive. Who can afford to have a house like this? Only the wealthy who live in Williamsburg. I find that ironic and irritating. As beautiful and passive this House is. I don’t see it really thinking in a all inclusive reality that people don’t have millions of dollars to blow on a new house. Maybe this can kickstart something for current building guidelines to steer to more sustainable, passive energy construction. There is natural building that uses less new technology and still remain passive and affordable.

  5. umar butt April 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

    It was a treat to watch this house. Was the construction costs more than ordinary houses?

  6. Cliff Champion April 20, 2011 at 1:12 am

    What an amazing house. Whoever lives there is so lucky!