South House
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SOUTH HOUSE

Woonpioniers

ARCHITECTS
Woonpioniers

PHOTOGRAPHS
Henny Van Belkom

CATAGORY
Houses

MANUFACTURERS
Isovlas, Harleman Houtbewerking, Studio Eco

CONTRACTOR
Woodteq Houtconstructies

INTERIOR
Clients

ARCHITECT
Daniël Venneman

PROJECT ARCHITECT
Wouter Bak

ENERGY PLAN
Ron Stet

COMPLETION
Goedhart Bouw

LOCATION
Almere, The Netherlands

AREA
127 m²

YEAR
2020

What do current environmental issues, including global warming, mean for the way we build and live?

South House
© Henny van Belkom
South House
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And how can architecture respond with a vision to the energy transition?

We explored these questions with South House. By designing with the elements, the seasons, and the rhythm of the day, we have combined an integrated energy plan with “a life outdoors”.

South House
© Henny van Belkom
South House
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Instead of adding sustainability halfway through the design process (through the choice of materials or installations) we have focused on basic, energetic principles right from the start. In this way, the heating, cooling, and energy demand of South House have largely been answered passively.

The triangular shape and positioning of the house, combined with a spectacular veranda, provide shade in the summer but capture plenty of solar heat in the winter. And in the morning and evening, sunlight softly lights up the ceiling through the windows in the side walls.

South House
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South House
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The floor inside functions as a heat battery, by absorbing heat which is released at cooler times. The roughly finished cement floor feels comfortable all year round, especially under bare feet.The roof is fully equipped with triple solar panels.

The front of these panels consist of photovoltaic cells and the back of a thermal exchanger connected to a heat pump.

South House
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South House
© Henny van Belkom

With this system, electricity and hot (tap) water are generated simultaneously.

Another special aspect of South House is that the clients have partly finished the interior themselves with materials from their old house.

South House
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Ground floor
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Upper floor


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Facades
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Cross section