The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country.
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Though they may look like architecture school run amok, the steep pitches and cants of the roof have everything to do with the home’s ecological agenda. By creating a series of green roofs, maximizing daylighting and water catchment, and optimizing the positions of light tubes and building-integrated photovoltaic panels, the roof is a canny mix of passive solar design and state-of-the-art technology.
By angling the second-story window away from the hall, Unsangdong created an expansive space without adding to the house’s footprint. A building-integrated photovoltaic window by Kolon does double duty bringing both light and energy into the house.
Designed to suit all the needs of a Korean family of four, the interior takes what Unsangdong calls “emotional design” as seriously as energy efficiency. This tranquil ground-floor bedroom and bath were created with the help of Japanese interior designer Kondo Noriko.
Built on Kolon Engineering and Construction's grounds, the E+ Home is the neighborhood's green building star. From this angle you can see the permeable pavers and sustainable landscaping, like water catchment pools and living walls, that make this place a paragon of green housing.