Gallery: Solar-Powered Berkeley Courtyard House is Cooled by Natural Br...

The home's hot pool and lap pool in the central courtyard are symbolic of a stream running down a canyon.

The 4,880 sq ft home was designed for a scientist and his wife who had previously lived in a home designed by WA Designs and wanted one of their very own. After finding a lot with views of the sloping hills in the East Bay, WA Designs built a home based around central courtyards that explored the relationship between water and canyons. The home’s hot pool and lap pool in the central courtyard are symbolic of a stream running down a canyon. Meanwhile, the courtyards create sheltered spaces between the earth and the home while encouraging natural ventilation.

The exterior is clad in zinc metal shingles and features large windows that draw lots of natural light into the home. At the same time, large shed roofs cover the separate buildings and wide overhangs shade the home from direct sunlight and glare. The exterior is clad in steel, concrete, and metal – low-maintenance surfaces that increase the durability and longevity of the home. A 10.5 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic system provides electricity for the home, while solar hot water heaters make domestic hot water and heat the water for the lap pool and hot tub. The home also makes use of geothermal heat pumps for radiant floor heating and cooling.

+ WA Design

Via ArchDaily

Images ©WA Design


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  1. cheesegypsy October 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    How many people live in this 5,000 s.f. “green house”? Two, of course. I know I personally need at least 2,000 s.f to do yoga, and then another 1,000 s.f. for my buddhist meditation room. I’m certainly glad they installed a geothermal heat pump, otherwise it wouldn’t seem very green.

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