Have you ever seen a villa with "bug eyes" on it before? While they're an unusual architectural feature, they also act as energy-saving building materials in the case of Villa Nurbs in Spain. True to architect Enric Ruiz Geli's reputation for using sustainable materials in residences, these ETFE plastic bubbles are more than a marketing stunt. Instead, they help to deflect sunlight, thereby reducing the Villa Nurbs' energy consumption.
Located on the Costa Brava in Spain, this private residence gets a lot of sun year round, so the designer, along with artist Frederic Amat and ceramist Toni Cumella, sought alternative materials to regulate the building’s interior temperature. In addition to the plastic bubbles, wavy Corian ceramic plates made from digitally-cut moulds cover the roof’s north side, further deflecting solar gain. Regular readers will recognize Enric Ruiz Geli as the designer behind Media ICT – the World Architecture Festival’s World Building of the Year!