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Solar-Powered Black Forest Wooden House K is Built Around a Core of Clay
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 28, 2011 @ 10:15 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Green Building | No Comments
The heart of this wood-clad Black Forest, Germany home is a core made out of clay, which helps it regulate its temperature and moisture. Designed by partnerundpartner, Wooden House K (Holzhaus K) takes inspiration from the traditional architecture of the region, but updates it with lively accents and vertical slats. Its central clay core is critical to maintaining a homeostasis inside and contains the staircase, fireplace and other utility elements. Solar collectors on the roof and a water heating fireplace work to reduce the home's use of fossil fuels.
The clients were looking for a contemporary wooden house that would provide them the most amount of comfort on their limited budget. The wooden post and beam house was designed around a central clay core that houses the staircase leading up to the first and second floors. Utility lines and the home’s stove are also located in the clay core, which helps radiate heat throughout the home when lit. The organic material works to distribute heat and cooling between the three levels as well as moisture. The clay core and stove take inspiration from the traditional idea of the hearth as the center of the home.
Outside, slats of larch wood are mounted vertically as a rain screen, which will over time weather to a lovely grey. The placement and sizes of the windows were determined according to the rooms beyond and locally made, colorful green shutters accent the exterior. The walls are heavily insulated and the clay core inside provides ample thermal mass  for the home to maximize energy efficiency. Additionally solar collectors on the roof provide energy for the home, while the fireplace helps produce hot water.
Via ArchDaily 
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 thermal mass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_mass
 + partnerundpartner: http://www.partnerundpartner.com/en/aussen/holzhaus-k.html
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/174523/wooden-house-k-partnerundpartner-architekten/
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