Beautiful Energy Efficient Home
David Fanchon's design of "The Pearl" is an example of how eco-consciousness and architectural principals can come together to create elegant, functional, and visually stunning homes.
Built using certified sustainable wood, the structure uses integrated photovoltaic panels that double up as shade; the passive solar design harvests the energy of the sun. There's no word on how much electricity this home consumes or saves because of the eco-friendly features, but without a doubt, the structure offers consumers a chance to imagine what else can be created that combines earth-friendly ideology with a sophisticated sense of aesthetics.
So what other eco-friendly features are there?
The bay windows are fitted with an automated venting system which soaks up and traps heat from the sun during winter. In the summer, the very same venting system operates to circulate air in order to keep the place cool.
To further keep it cool, the structure's white steel roof reflects sunlight.
For those who care more for a great view than for energy efficiency, floor to ceiling windows allow for a gorgeous 180 degree panoramic view of the landscape.
The home's shell-like shape has arches that not only give it an elegant form but improves the structure's resistance to earthquakes, unlike squarish or cube-like structures that are more prone to earthquakes.
Perhaps most innovative of all is the fact that the building material of the structure can be altered to accommodate different geographical locations with differing resources. That is, depending on what's available, the roof can be insulated using air, cork beads, or any other less polluting, renewable resource.
Similarly, the externals walls are made of 12 inch thick compressed straw which can incorporate geothermal and wood pellet-fed heating systems.
In short, the structural design allows for versatility of building material; it's almost a sort of "built-to-order" home. The cost of building or owning such a home, however, isn't stated anywhere, making it clear that, even if such a home is desirable to many people, it is still far from mainstream.
To check out external and internal views of this work of science and art, click here.