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Oxygen Villa Brings Fresh Air into Classic Arabic Architecture

Posted By Andrew Michler On September 25, 2012 @ 2:40 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase | No Comments

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Oxygen Villa is very much about light and air, and the name more than implies the homes breathing new life into a classic Arabic form of architecture — the mashrabiya [6]. Developed centuries ago, the mashrabiya is a bump out from a building that is clad with open wooden lattices to block the sun and capture cooling breezes while still maintaining privacy.

The Oxygen Villa uses an assortment of folding screens, which, like their forebears, can do triple duty. When only slightly folded, the screens funnel air in from below and exhaust from the top while keeping the interior private. Open them a little bit more and they let in indirect daylight and prevailing winds. The panels come in a few flavors with a choice for solid or lattice and glass and custom colors to personalize the house. Placed between steel columns on the exterior the walls can be quickly erected on a concrete pad.

The interior is just as interesting with a spacious three-story design and double height living room reminiscent of early modern homes emphasizing vertical elements. A central glass room hold a bed of glass granules that absorb daytime heat, which is later dispensed through the space at night. The thermal storage battery [7] is an ideal way to regulate temperature inside if properly engineered, and while this one looks pretty small for a building they are clearly on the right track.

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[3] Oxygen Villa: http://www.house-designstudio.com/64015/691730/gallery/oxygen-villa

[4] green house: http://inhabitat.com/habitat-44-is-a-glass-clad-greenhouse-housing-project-in-france/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/09/Oxygen-villa-7.jpg

[6] mashrabiya: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashrabiya

[7] thermal storage battery: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/green-building-blog/using-sand-store-solar-energy

[8] + House Studio : http://www.house-designstudio.com/70506/home

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