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CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia

  • 01:00 - 12 May, 2008
CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia
CO2 Saver House / Peter Kuczia

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Jezioro Łąka, Poland
  • Architect

    Peter Kuczia
  • Usage

    Single family house
  • Materials

    Wood, Fibre cement
  • Area

    175.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. Using untreated larch wood and black fibre cement panels to optimise solar energy gain, this lake house in Poland is a pretty good example of how to be sustainable and respectful with the environment.

This sustainable house - like a chameleon - blends with its surrounding area on Laka Lake in south of Poland. Colourful planks within the timber façade reflect the tones of the rural landscape. The window reveals with fibre cement cladding, frame images of the countryside.

Analogical to the most creatures, the building is outside symmetrical, although the internal zones are arranged asymmetrically according to function.

The built form is designed to optimise the absorbance of solar energy. Approximately 80% of the building envelope is facing south direction. The single storey living space on the ground floor is externally clad with untreated larch boarding. Solar energy is gained there by the set-in glazed patio. Solar collection panels are located on the roof and a photovoltaic system is planed for the future. The dark facade of the "black box" - a three storey structure clad with charcoal coloured fibre cement panels - is warmed by the sun, reducing heat loss to the environment. The passive and active solar energy concepts and a high standard of thermal insulation are enhanced by a ventilation plant with thermal recovery system. The house consumes only about 1/10 of the average energy use of the existing single-family houses in Poland.

The design of the project was determinated by the twin goals of low lifecycle costs and a reduction in construction costs. All details are simple, but well thought out. The house did not cost more than a conventional one in Poland. Cost-savings were made by the application of traditional building techniques and the use of local materials and recycled building elements.

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bibi · May 23, 2009

yeah,ground plant's wrong!

m · February 06, 2009

"ground plan" something's wrong... · June 17, 2008

I like the concept. Cool stairs.

nico · May 18, 2008

I think the green roofs are only for energy saving. It would be nice to use them as terrace and take advantage of the views in this nice environment

JC Araneda · May 18, 2008

Very interesting proposal, but... Can the green roofs be used like terraces???. Congratulations. This is a great web site!!!


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