Case Studies

Chris Muller Architects + SEARCH Architects,
Underground House (Villa Vals), Vals, Switzerland

Completion date:2008

A project carried out over the course of 2007-2008 this three-story swiss spa takes full advantage of earth sheltering techniques to lower enegy costs in a climate which is cold for much of the year. The design also incorperates other heat retaining mechanisms such as a heat exchange to increase the level of self-sustainability.

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects,
Straw House (Stock Orchard street), North London, UK

Straw House
Client:Sarah Wigglesworth, Jeremy Till
Completion date:2006

This design incorperates a straw bale infill that insulates half of the exterior walls of this home. In addtion the structure incorperates many other passive, and in many cases experimental,  environmental strategies to ensure a comfortable interior temperature for the occupants.
In addition the design takes into account the importance of effective acoustical insulation from a nearby railway relying on the large mass of a sand-bag lining facade.

Steve Holl Architects,
Tubulence House, New Mexico, USA

Tubulence House
Client:Richard Tuttle
Completion date:2005

Perched on a desert mesa, this artist's residence is constructed from intricately pieced together aluminium panels. The high reflectivity of the surface prevents the absorption of excess solar radiation and helps to cool the interior. To further reduce direct solar gain, the fenestration, which remains relatively small, is mostly located to the north or shaded sides of the house.

Zaha Hadid,
Glasgow Museum of Transport, Glasgow, UK

Glasgow Museum of Transport
The brief for design and build roofing specialist Varla (UK) Limited was to find a flexible insulation that could meet the demanding U - value of 0.20 W/m2K that was continuous over both the walls and the complex 18,000 square metre roof. The Glasgow Museum of Transport is a complex, heavily engineered design and is the first major UK project for the renowned architect Zaha Hadid.