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Eco Education Slunakov Center Uses Passive Design

Posted By Alexandra Kain On March 9, 2009 @ 10:30 am In Architecture,green roof,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

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Situated on the outskirts of the ancient town of Olomouc in the eastern Czech Republic [2], Slunakov [3] is a center for ecological and educational activities that acts as a gateway to the Litovelske Pomoravi [4] natural reserve. Inspired by the shape of a solar eclipse, the beautiful biocenter is built along the curve of the land [5] and takes full advantage of passive design [6] by employing a southern facade of windows with adjustable blinds.

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A beacon for ecological architecture, Slunakov [3] supports public environmental awareness programs and acts as an information center for the nature preserve its built upon. The eastern side of the center is buried into the ground, allowing vegetation to form a verdant green roof [7] that functions as a garden area for visitors. The sunny southern hall houses residential areas, offices, and a dining room, while the building’s essential appliances are located along the cooler northern hall.

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Constructed almost entirely from sustainably harvested wood [8], glass and unburnt brick, the center maintains a natural look and feel throughout. In addition to its energy-saving [9] passive design [7], the building utilizes a variety of active systems to provide heat for the 4 months of the year that it is needed. Heat is recovered from appliances, generated by biomass sources [10], and solar thermal panels are used for water and space heating. Geothermal [11] heat exchangers provide climate control and ventilation by moving warm and cool air in and out of the building as necessary, and the building also has 2 wood pellet furnaces for chilly winter workshops.

Designed by Prague-based studio Projektil Architekti [12], Slunakov was completed in 2006

+ Projektil Architekti [13]

Via Dezeen [14]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=19814

[2] Czech Republic: http://www.trycards.com/calling-cards/Czech%20Rep.

[3] Slunakov: http://www.projektil.cz/en/realizace/slunakov/

[4] Litovelske Pomoravi: http://www.litovelskepomoravi.ochranaprirody.cz/index.php?lang=en

[5] curve of the land: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/30/llorenc-house-eneseis-arquitectura/

[6] passive design: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/15/passive-houses-in-germany/

[7] green roof: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/12/hof-house-by-studio-granada-architects/

[8] sustainably harvested wood: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/05/woodloops-fsc-certified-furniture/

[9] energy-saving: http://www.bearflag.org/tag/solar-energy/

[10] biomass sources: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/08/dutch-harvest-chicken-manure-to-power-90000-homes/

[11] Geothermal: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/10/heerlen-minewater-project/

[12] Projektil Architekti: http://www.projektil.cz/en/

[13] + Projektil Architekti: http://www.projektil.cz/cz/

[14] Dezeen : http://www.dezeen.com/2009/02/23/slunakov-by-projektil-architekti/

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