Over the past few years we’ve seen many architects move away from traditional architecture in an attempt to make their designs more sustainable. One of the great things about this trend is that it gives us the opportunity to continually innovate and create as we incorporate sustainable energy solutions with beautiful design. The Pearl is an amazing residence even if you don’t consider the high-tech sustainable energy solutions that exist throughout.
The Pearl incorporates an array of “passive solar” principles that harness the sun for heating and take advantage of air movement for natural ventilation. The bay windows are fitted with an automated venting system – during the winter they soak up the weaker sun, whilst in the summer these huge windows allow every room to be bathed in sunlight. The white steel roof also reflects sunlight, helping to keep the house cool in the height of summer.
And it doesn’t stop there. The roof can be insulated with a layer of air and cork beads, external walls are made of 12 inch-thick compressed straw, and the design can incorporate geothermal and wood pellet-fed heating systems. There’s also a rainwater storage tank located at the base of the northern pedestal.
The design of the building itself allows for it to be placed in all sorts of climates and geographies. For example, the aerodynamic shell design helps protect against strong winds, and the arch shape (made from FSC certified timber) provides resistance to earthquakes.
Check out the gallery to see Fanchon’s amazing eco-friendly, inhabitable shell in all its glory!