By burying RD house into the hillside, the architects were able to take advantage of the earth’s natural insulating properties to make the house more energy efficient. The rear of the home, which is the area most deeply embedded into the hillside, enjoys constantly cool interior temperatures. The green roofs overhead also protect the dwelling from direct heat and eliminate the need for air conditioning.
To conserve materials, the architects built a large portion of the summerhouse from rock excavated on site. Locally sourced wood covering the floors and ceilings are paired with exposed concrete walls and excavated rock to give RD House a rustic, yet modern look. The House is also equipped with home automation for even greater energy savings.