The Baukultur/ca architectural office has just completed the construction of two modern and sustainable design houses to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint in the city of Toronto.
Located on a tree-lined residential street in a downtown neighborhood, the homes stand out for their neat, clean lines. The solution provided by the architects situates both houses interlinked, one behind the other, without the loss of space that a conventional terraced house would entail.
To shorten construction periods, reduce waste and efficiently use available resources, the architects decided to prefabricate the ceiling and wall panels themselves. The result? In just 5 days the panels were assembled on the buildings, including a metal cladding and a waterproof membrane to protect the roof.
After an elaborate plan to achieve two highly energy-efficient buildingsIn the case of the new building, the architects have succeeded in getting both homes to emit 80 per cent less greenhouse gas and to use 60 per cent less energy.
The keysThe new system is made up of: strongly insulated walls and ceilings; triple-paned windows that provide plenty of natural light; heat-reflective ceilings; a highly effective heating, cooling and energy recovery system; and LED lighting with intelligent control.
The choice of interior finishes is clean and bright. The predominant colour is white which we find in the ceilings and pairs, as well as in the oak floors and the mouldings. A tone that contrasts with the wooden and black details that serve to enhance the modern and sophisticated look of the design, generating in turn a connection between interior and exterior.
Project and information: Courtesy of Baukultur/ca.
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