Antwerp-based architecture and urban design firm HUB designed a passive-solar house for Ms. Skatchkoff, a "plucky though somewhat elderly" resident in Kortrijk, Belgium. Titled the Passive House Skatchkoff, the prefab wooden structure is topped by a striking sawtooth roof in reference to the local textile industry. The angle and orientation of the sculptural roof also helps to capture passive solar heat from the south.
HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client’s homeland, Russia. The passive-solar house is powered by a row of south-facing solar panels that line the edge of the angled facade and is optimized for passive ventilation. The 1,500-square-foot home is surrounded by plenty of outdoor entertaining space as well as a series of raised garden beds.
The interior is also dominated by wood elements, although the interior carpentry creates a more warm and nuanced feel as compared to the pragmatic exterior. Windows along the sawtooth roof fill the house with natural light. The rooms, most of which are located on the ground floor to better accommodate the client, have alternating ceiling heights as a result of the fluctuating roofline.
“The design is ‘reverse lifecycle resistant’ ideal for a person living alone, with space for a live-in carer when required and with the possibility of being extended at the front for a family with children,” write the architects. “In addition, the orientation has been adapted to allow space for an additional twin residence on the west side of the property.”
Images via HUB, Photographs © Sarah Blee