Saturday, October 26, 2013

Garden House: House with Pools on The Roof That Collect Rainwater

Bodrum is a city in Turkey with a rich history and a quite large marina. Global Architectural Development has designed this unusual house there. It consists of three separate buildings of 75 square meters that are built next to one another with a narrow space in between and is linked by a glass atrium. Each of them has a separate function: a master bedroom and bathroom; a kitchen and dining room; and a guesthouse with an adjacent study room. The central glass vestibule acts as the entrance to the building as well as the main living area with 180° vistas of the stunning landscape and bay made possible by floor to ceiling windows.
The open-plan of the main house ensures that it is light and airy, a must in the summer. The roof of the building is covered with pools that collect rainwater. The water cascades from the roof of one of the buildings to the other and is then circulated back round, creating a natural cooling system for a hot climate. [GAD]

Garden House: Living Roof Design

Traci Cavender thinks that practical design doesn’t have to mean sacrificing personal style. This pool house created by her is an infinity pool of green. Its living roof is a sustainable solution and it includes a terraced landscape that lets rainwater percolate into the soil. The rooftop garden sits above high, bright windows it looks as though it’s a floating carpet of beautiful coneflowers, black-foot daisies, and native grasses – it’s like a piece of a meadow. From the main house, the pool house virtually disappears, showing only a rich rug of vegetation unbroken by venting or pipes. With more than ten inches of soil, the roof garden mimics the natural way the earth absorbs rainwater; drain holes cut into the metallic frame that anchors the garden act like boat scuppers, allowing excess water to flow out. Genius, isn’t it?

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