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The W.I.N.D. House by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio


The striking W.I.N.D. House by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio is one of the latest impressively designed smart houses.

“The contemporary smart home not only enables the control of appliances from afar and incorporates the necessary installations and materials to aim for a zero net energy building, it also responds to changes in today’s lifestyles. A challenge for the architect in the design of today’s single family homeisa response that accurately reflects the degrees of flexibility, sustainability andautomation required by the resident sand the incorporation of these into the overall concept of the design. – from Ben van Berkel

The W.I.N.D. House is located in Netherlands, on the outskirts of a Dutch village and close to the seaside. For more of the design continue below:

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A comprehensive home automation system enables integrated control of the electrical systems including solar panels andmechanical installations. Complete control of this ‘smart home’ is possible by a central touch-screen in the living area, while decentral devices provide dedicated control per room. Furthermore control is possible remotely by independent devices via LAN-connection.
Energy from the sun is harvested by solar panels located on the roof at the back of the house. In addition the integrated sustainability concept of the house consists of a central air/water heat pump for heating and coolingand mechanical ventilation with waste heat recovery. The heat pump provides warmth in the winter and cooling during the summer. Distribution is provided by floor heating and cooling with individual control for each room.

Heat gain is reduced through the use of tinted glass on the fully glazed front and back facades.This coated glazing further enables natural light to flood the interior spaces, whilst increasing privacy during daytime. The walls and ceilings of the house are clad with natural clay stucco and the main walls consist of clay brickswhich aid in providing a healthy indoor climate due to the evaporating effect of the clay. – from UNStudio

Photos: ©Inga Powilleit (Interior) / ©Fedde de Weert (Exterior)

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Photos: ©Inga Powilleit (Interior) / ©Fedde de Weert (Exterior)

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