Andrew Michler

Passive Solar Parisian Housing Complex Adapts to its Natural Environs

by , 05/04/11
filed under: Architecture, Urban design

Jakob + Macfarlane, Urban green design, setback design, apartment green house, Jakob + Macfarlane, Paris green building, eco apartment, green apartment, solar thermal facade, solar drape, Paris green space, solar thermal water apartment,

South-facing patios have ETFE plastic drapes to capture the winter sun and provide a small private winter green house. The unique draped façade also helps heat the building in winter. In summer the porches prevent sun from reaching into the living spaces, reducing cooling needs. The roof hosts a large solar thermal water heating system which supplies the residences with 60% of their hot water needs.

+ Jakob + Macfarlane

Via Architecture Lab

Lead photo © James Ewing

Photos © Nicholas Borel

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