Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Energy Efficient Family Home in Serbia, Balkans by Salt & Water
August 16th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Salt & Water
An award-winning Salt & Water studio presents the project of a family home planned for construction in Ruma, Serbia. Both the main building and the two additional objects on the lot were designed according to the energy efficiency parameters (B category). Respecting the basic parameters of the location, the house is oriented towards the south with the large glass surfaces on its front side. Windows and glass doors have triple glazing that provides the minimal heat loss (Alumil S650). The heating is produced by the geothermal heat pumps that use electricity and the earth’s thermal energy for an ecological heating system.
Upon our client’s request, the façade to the street is completely closed. The house will be built with the natural materials like stone and the Wienerberger Porotherm W.i. Plan 38 cm blocks with the built-in stone wool, so the extra insulation on the external façade won’t be needed. Additional objects on the lot are a spacious garage and a summer kitchen to fit the needs of an extended family, with a kitchen, dining room and storage. In front of the house, right before the living room is a place to sit and rest. This open area is covered with an automated folding shade. At several positions on the façade of the main and auxiliary facilities, there is also a garden lighting with sensors that register the movement.
The interior is decorated in a modern style and reflects luxury and comfort. The central room in the house is one spacious area that includes a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, and leads to the tiny garden area outside. In addition to the central space, on the ground floor is an entrance hall, a training room, a bedroom with a spacious dressing room and a bathroom, a toilet, a pantry and a laundry room. A stairway that leads to the first floor is partly covered with decorative surfaces. With subtle lighting it makes a lovely lounge zone fitted with luxurious furniture. Set on the first floor is a master bedroom with a large bathroom and a walk-in closet, three bedrooms for the extended family members, a bathroom, and an extra storage room.
Materials used are mostly natural, with plenty of stone. Colors of the interior are bright and elegant. Valpaint colors are used for a special wall decoration, altogether with a luxury wallpaper by the Belgian brand Omexco. Special features of this interior are the custom-made furniture elements. They include wooden wall cladding with a floral silver ball in the master bedroom, a decorative stone wall in the hallway behind the kitchen, a coffee table stand in a living room and others.
About the studio:
Salt & Water is a young design team and a winner of several prestigious awards in the field of yacht and aviation design. Among their most significant awards are the Millennium Yacht Design Award (MYDA 2015) for the Floating Hotel with Catamaran Apartments project, as well as the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014 for the best interior design of the private plane Boeing 787 VIP Dreamliner.
For the past six years, Salt & Water team has successfully combined the extensive practical knowledge in all mentioned fields to numerous projects. In all their endeavors, they strive to create designs that are highly practical, innovative, daring and stylistically impeccable.
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