It Takes a Villa

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January 19, 2009

Enric Ruiz-Geli’s firm Cloud9 designed the suburban house of the future—it also happens to be sustainable.

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  The hydroponic rooftop garden grows out of volcanic stones. The home is conceived as a giant C-shaped spiral.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    The hydroponic rooftop garden grows out of volcanic stones. The home is conceived as a giant C-shaped spiral.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  The concrete volumes of the upper and lower floors are independent to allow expansion and compression.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    The concrete volumes of the upper and lower floors are independent to allow expansion and compression.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  The rear of the Villa Bio features an almost 50-foot-wide expanse of glass.The pool (now just a large gravel pit) echoes the panoramic window’s exact shape. The custom kitchen features a Silestone counter.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    The rear of the Villa Bio features an almost 50-foot-wide expanse of glass.The pool (now just a large gravel pit) echoes the panoramic window’s exact shape. The custom kitchen features a Silestone counter.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Owner Carles Fontecha waters his rooftop garden.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Owner Carles Fontecha waters his rooftop garden.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  On the living room ceiling a Sivra fixture by iGuzzini modulates its output based on the amount of available daylight. The sofa is Wall by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    On the living room ceiling a Sivra fixture by iGuzzini modulates its output based on the amount of available daylight. The sofa is Wall by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Giovanna de Uzin Fontecha relaxes in the master bedroom on a Leaf chaise by Claesson-Koivisto-Rune for Living Divani.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Giovanna de Uzin Fontecha relaxes in the master bedroom on a Leaf chaise by Claesson-Koivisto-Rune for Living Divani.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Patterns for the tinted glass blocks were created digitally by Cloud9. The home’s ramplike form required only five steps to link the level platform of the dining room with the living area.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Patterns for the tinted glass blocks were created digitally by Cloud9. The home’s ramplike form required only five steps to link the level platform of the dining room with the living area.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  A CNC-cut formwork was used to create the wavy pattern in the home’s concrete outer walls.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    A CNC-cut formwork was used to create the wavy pattern in the home’s concrete outer walls.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Cloud9’s Manel Soler Caralps, who completed the home’s interior design, created the tile pattern in the shower.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Cloud9’s Manel Soler Caralps, who completed the home’s interior design, created the tile pattern in the shower.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Due to the lot’s small size, Cloud9 placed the garage beneath the house.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Due to the lot’s small size, Cloud9 placed the garage beneath the house.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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