This new-build house, on a site just outside Venice, is designed to strike a balance between contemporary domestic needs, sustainability requirements and the local vernacular architecture. The house has been constructed to ‘Passivhaus’ standards for the envelope fabric in order to reduce winter heating. To avoid overheating in the summer, and provide interstitial spaces between outside and inside, an external larch timber frame of shading and terraces wraps around the building. Combined with photovoltaic panels, a mechanical heat recovery unit and an inter-seasonal heat transfer (also used as a swimming pool) the house has extremely low energy demands.
This house was designed in collaboration with the architect Giordano Verado and the design and build contractors Rubner Haus AG.
Location: Sarmede, Italy
Client: Private Client
Timescale: Completed in 2013
Size: 280 m2