Holst Architecture have developed the Karuna House that overlooks the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
Karuna Property is an ambitious sustainable design and style venture that was developed to meet a blend of the world’s most demanding green constructing certifications. The venture is the 1st MINERGIE-certified residence in North America, earning the best rating of MINERGIE-P-ECO. In addition, it has accomplished Passive Property PHIUS+, is pending LEED for Properties Platinum, and has reached Net Zero energy use by incorporating onsite solar panels. It is anticipated to be one particular of the few residences in the world licensed by the 2 MINERGIE and Passive Residence Institute US.
Even though reaching the environmental sustainability needs of the venture, the home successfully maintains a rigorous form that responds to the client’s programmatic demands. Located on the southern slope of a mountain overlooking the Willamette Valley’s wealthy wine area, the Karuna Residence gives spectacular views of the hills and the town of Newberg, Oregon, beneath. 2 towers anchor the Karuna Property to the earth, marking the spot of double-height spaces and vertical circulation.
Wood and glass volumes seem to alternately cling to and slide past the towers. These factors incorporate the residing spaces, and are organized to maximize views to the south and east even though graciously separating social spaces from the private and guest spaces. Sited in an region renowned for its rust-colored soil, the home’s exterior palette is composed of materials and colors that reflect the tones of its surroundings. The interior finishes cast a warm minimalism saturated in normal light, permitting the owner’s eclectic art collection to consider center stage.
The super-insulated envelope is created to be airtight. Solar heat obtain is managed by way of the use of exterior operable blinds that shade triple-glazed wood windows. Heating, cooling, and sizzling water are provided by an efficient heat pump technique, and a heat recovery ventilator provides the spaces with a continuous supply of fresh, preheated air. The home’s tight constructing enclosure is expected to outcome in the usage of 90% less heating and cooling vitality than a typical house.
Karuna House’s client, a top proponent of wise climate policy and sound land use, is pursuing the task as a case research to shed light on the methods that the top green building certifications and specifications complement and/or conflict with a single yet another.
Architect: Holst Architecture