Building a new eco real estate property in an urban setting can be a challenge. Not only are designers and construction companies dealing with tight spaces and existing communities, who don’t like their peace disturbed, but there are all those pesky city regulations to consider. Those regulations can seriously cramp an eco real estate designer’s style.
Not Djuric Tardio’s, though. The French architect turned challenge into opportunity. The two-story home he constructed is made entirely of sustainably grown Finnish larch wood, which is famous for its strength, durability and inherent waterproof qualities. The beautiful wood is smooth-grained and knot-free. It’s popular not only for eco real estate applications, but for yachts and boats. The wood panels on the home’s exterior include wood fiber insulation.
The choice of wood and overall design make the eco real estate ideal for passive solar heating and cooling.
An open roof provides a space for the family to gather and entertain, with an open slat a-frame over the recreation area. The open slats provide just enough shade to prevent the wood from overheating, and also contribute to rainwater collection. A safety barrier surrounding the roof doubles as a vegetable terrace, which grows everything from common grass, to grapes and even kiwi. The a-frame slats provide growing room for fruit vines, so the roof could potentially be shaded entirely with a living, leafy green canopy.
Inside, the eco real estate is versatile. The main living areas are separated by big sliding walls, which can create a living room, library or theater, or can be opened up to create a single open space, perfect for entertaining.
The eco real estate construction was prefabricated off-site, which minimized the pollution and noise–because who wants to antagonize the neighbors before even moving in?
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