Constituting the second home that studio FARO Arquitecten constructs in Steigereiland, Amsterdam, Steigereiland 2.0 constitutes an energy neutral home that has a number of strongly rustic elements.
The rustic elements are including wood walls, tree trunks that are used as hanging decorations, as well as visible ceiling beams. The home also has a fun contemporary design and it was the first house in Netherlands that received a PassiefBouwen certificate for the design, as well as for the execution of the plans.
In this home, material and energy use were important aspect of the design and the home is also one that became an experimental testing ground for sustainable building. In this home, based on the principles of Passive homes, a lot of attention was given to insulation.
The home is where organic insulation materials, as well as wood pulp are used along with modern insulation materials which are used in the petrochemical industry.
Situated in Steigereiland, a neighborhood of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Steigereiland 2.0 is an energy neutral home with windows that contain triple glazing and insulated doors.
The home is also where wood is used as a principal material and wood was chosen because of its beauty and the cradle to cradle principles and in addition, wood was also chosen for its comfort and acoustics. The houseâ€™s faÃ§ade is made of charred larch and of course, the facade is not the only part of the house that is made of wood.
As an energy-neutral home according to the Passive home principles, this home is where electricity can be generated by a wind turbine on its roof. The home is also where air from outside is first heated up by a Sole ground heat exchanger before the air enters the house.
The house is also one that has adobe walls which are featured on the sleeping floors. In any way, this house is a stunning energy-neutral home and if you wonder how it looks like, you can see pictures of the house shot by John Lewis Marshall.