Passive House / Karawitz Architecture

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Aesthetically, this house is a sculptural and abstract replica of a traditional house.  The design by Karawitz Architecture reveals a double faced site sensitive house that is closed on the North to limit energy loss and opened on the South to take benefit of free sunshine.

This project was labeled the best performance low consumption house in and the first house in the parisian region to receive the european labeled certification PHI “Passiv Haus Institut”.

Photographs and drawings of the Passive House after the break.

Architects: Karawitz Architecture
Location: , France
Structural: DI Eisenhauer
Thermal: Solares Bauen
Project Area: 177 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs:  Hervé Abbadie and Karawitz

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An openworked second skin in non-treated bamboo envelops the skeleton made of massive wood panels. This coating, that becomes grey with time, has been inspired from the typical barns in this region.

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It covers the windows on the North and continues on to the roof. Identical shutters that cover the large picture windows on the South, create light and shadow during the day or night. Photovoltaic panels were also incorporated in to the program.

The foundation slab is the only element in concrete, the whole structure of the house is from assembling this very big panels of massive wood prefabricated in workshop.

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Cite: "Passive House / Karawitz Architecture" 28 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Booh

    I love the house… but I totally wanna see the faces of the next family moving in… walking though… and then stopping at the chain mail shower curtain… Wonderful

  • Flick

    Would love to know what this cost per square foot or square meter.

  • eile

    nice project! eventhough i´m getting a bit tired of this polished floating screed thing at the moment ..

  • architec

    love this passive concept… every houses should be designed with a greener concept in the future…

  • Paula

    hermosa! muy buen proyecto, simple, amplio y sencillo.

  • s