The Luik; this passive terraced house has an open loft space on the ground floor with an open kitchen, dining room, living room and a direct connection to the garden. The residence is characterised by the high ceiling of 4 m in the living room. 3 rooms are situated on the first floor, 2 rooms with a spacious roof terrace are situated on the third floor. A bathroom can be made on each floor. One can determine by means of hatches how open or closed the glass façade is.
terrace house for a private client
Arthur Nuss, Tomáš Beránek and Josien Kruizinga
Our vision is focused on realising sustainable, affordable, value-stable homes of architectural quality, designed in consultation with the future residents. Increasingly, lots are freely issued to private individuals, who thus have the possibility realise their dream home. To accomplish this, we focus on all kinds of lots and offer different designs for each one. These designs are linked to a realistic cost and leave room for personal interpretation. This way, you can realise your unique home with the desired architectural quality, without the never-ending design process.
The design is characterized by the following points::
• Affordability and fixed construction costs
• Sustainability and low energy costs EPC=0
• (Architectural) quality
• Fixed value
Natural ventilation; due to the current energy standards, homes are better insulated every day while also becoming more and more airtight, which has unhealthy consequences for the quality of the indoor climate. This can a by using mechanical ventilation, however, this costs a lot of energy. In this design we have used an internal greenhouse as a basis for natural ventilation, which limits energy costs.
The summer ventilation works as follows: the greenhouse warms up by the sun, which makes the warm air rise. By opening a window at the top of the greenhouse, the warm air flows outwards, creating a natural draft. By subsequently opening the ventilation grille between the greenhouse and the living quarters, the warm air from the rooms is drawn in by the greenhouse and disappears outside. With the opening of a window, cooler outside air will flow in due to the natural draft.
The winter ventilation works exactly the other way around: even in the winter, the greenhouse is quite warm during the day due to the sun. The air at the top of the living areas is the warmest and by opening a ventilation grille at the top of the room, the warm air flows outwards creating a draft. Cooler outside air is let in by a ventilation grille at the bottom of the greenhouse, which is then preheated in the greenhouse. The ventilation grilles between the greenhouse and the living quarters are then opened up, which draws the preheated air into the living quarters. This ensures that all living areas are always provided with fresh air, without having a significant impact on energy costs.