16 Oct '15, 2am

Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

Bioclimatic House is a Green-Roofed Island Paradise Set Next to Wind Farm on Tenerife

has a wind farm right in its back yard, so when it came to the design, high winds had to be accounted for. Located next the to wind park of Granadilla at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Energias Renovables , the home is one of 25 Bioclimatic Houses incorporated into the research center. Ruiz Larrea’s design competition-winning home was inspired by Geria – a traditional way of growing grapes in Lanzarote by protecting the fruit from the strong and continuous winds with a semicircular wall of volcanic rock. The home is surrounded and shielded by a circular wall of volcanic Tosca stone, and has no heating or air conditioning, relying completely on passive strategies to keep the interior warm or cool depending on the season. Insulation, weatherproofing, and thermal mass all help to retain or remove heat when necessary. Natural ventilation provided by cross breezes, the stack ef...

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