The ecological concept aims to achieve a zero-emission house that can generate its own energy needs:

  • It generates its own electricity from solar energy by the use of solar panels
  • It collects earth to heat or cold from the ground and stores it in the ground for additional heating or cooling.
  • It collects its own water with its own dug underground well
  • It collects rainwater and reuses it for flushing the toilets
  • Reducing energy needs
  • In order to reduce the required energy for heating or cooling, we propose a house which makes more use of the thermal earth warmth. An underground house can make use of the constant earth temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and therefore need less energy for heating or cooling to reach the required interior temperature of around 19 degrees Celsius.
  • A house above the ground can absorb the extra warmth or cold in summer or cold in winter. A combination of both principles could lead to a more energy-saving house. The extra warmth or cold can be mixed with the air of the underground house to achieve the required temperature.
  • A combination of an “underground” and “above the ground” house would lead to a section where you have underground rooms (more dark and cool) and above the ground rooms (more light, different temeperature)

How can sustainability trigger architecture and life?

An eco-house contributes to the environment. Does it also contribute to the quality of daily life? Back to basic experiences of nature.
As a child, it was a great experience going up and down the slide. As adults, we are conditioned to go up and down the stairs.

Where is the joy of moving?

As a child, it was a great experience to build underground shacks. There we would sit tight to each other, in contact with the earth, in the dark, in our own world, safe from the outside.

Why as grown-up people do we want bigger spaces and let techniques give protection, such as alarm systems?

For children, playing in the rain could be an exciting thing. For adults, we usually don’t like getting wet in the rain, but we
do enjoy rain showers.
Maybe designing elements with more joy can bring more quality of daily life.

Designing experiences
Daily life cycle

The spaces described in the “underground” and above the ground” house match perfectly with the daily life cycle. The darker and sheltered spaces for sleeping can be located in the underground” house: dark and sheltered from the outside world. The more light area for a living can be located in the above the ground” house: more in contact with light and surroundings. The design consists of four stories ranging from dark to light.

Reintroducing the bedstead in the “underground” house could strengthen the experience of intimate space in the dark, protected from the outside world.

The glide
The four stories in the eco “underground” and above the ground house are connected by a set of stairs.
By introducing also a glide, traveling down to the underground house could be more of an experience. It also is time-saving where traveling might become a joyful experience.

Design of the eco-house
This eco-house is a design that contributes to the environment. The design generates its own energy
This home also requires less energy for heating or cooling compared to a traditional house.
The design is also a speculation to give a different view of a living environment to bring back more basic experiences with nature. It is also an attempt to introduce opportunities for new social interactions,
to gain more quality in daily life.
ECO from a different angle…
In a time when words like sustainable, ecological, and green are almost an obligation, they are often only used as a label.
That is why one of our latest 123DV projects proved to be challenging, but also very exciting: we were asked to design. an ECO House.
The modeling we were involved in a Polish design competition. The assignment was clear and simple design a house for a standard family, in a standard location, but with highly sustainable performance.
We had faced this topic before in previous projects, but it had not yet been used as the core of the design. For this competition we were asked to be bold, to push to the boundaries of sustainability. It took us several brainstorm sessions to find the right strategy, but in the end, we all agreed.