Posted: 21 Oct 2011 08:39 AM PDT
Dubbed 'The Pearl', Solaleya's latest sustainable house designed by French designer David Fanchon is aiming for LEED Platinum certification. This completely customizable structure can be sized between 500 to 5,000 square feet with a bevy of layout options and finishes available. This specific structure is inspired from a seashell which offers great structural strength and aerodynamics.
The Pearl was designed with both the Sun's daily and year-round course in mind. Its shape is optimized to take advantage of the Sun's benefits when needed and to protect from its harsher heat when necessary. The front of the structure offers large bay windows to take advantage of the Sun's heat in the winter while being completely protected by its adapted roof during summer's warmer days, therefore keeping the house's interior naturally cooler. This translates into a highly energy efficient home where the need to artificially heat and cool your interior is tremendously reduced. Its unique shape and inclinable solar panels provide maximized solar energy gains and additional shade when necessary. The roof's shape along with the use of thick wooden arches procures the structure with great resistance against earthquakes and high winds, providing inhabitants with the incomparable comfort and safety of a cocoon.
Beside the sustainability features, Fanchon's philosophy behind The Pearl's design is "Functional Beauty: create ideal conditions for people to live and blossom in harmony with our environment." The open layout allows light to fill the entire house without any obstruction giving its inhabitants a full 180º panoramic view. Every room gets its due share of sunlight; making this a pleasant environment for all individuals to grow and blossom.
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