Soleta ZeroEnergy One is a sustainable home designed by FITS (Foundation for Inventics and Sustainable Technologies), located in Bucharest, Romania. It is part of an initiative called the Soleta zeroEnergy, which seeks to create self-sustainable homes.
Soleta zeroEnergy is a new concept of premium eco homes, developed by the Justin Capra Foundation for Inventics and Sustainable Technologies (FITS). The finalized functional prototype of this concept, Soleta zeroEnergy One, is in Bucharest, Romania. Following the architectural and constructive concepts of this prototype, a whole family of Soleta homes, with multiple functionalities and of different sizes, easily adaptable to a host of destinations, such as home (permanent use or vacation), office, kindergaden or sport/fitness joints was developed.
Affordable and versatile, with minimal energy consumption, low running costs and positive eco-impact, Soleta concept is a viable alternative solution for conventional housing construction technologies. Soleta homes are defined by an unusual architecture, enclosing a bright, healthy, fully monitored environment.
The pillars of Soleta concept can be summarized by four fundamental principles:
1. Reducing energy consumption, by minimizing loss and employing energy-saving measures.
2. Using renewable energy forms such as geo, solar, wind, hydro and so on.
3. Creating the most efficient way of using conventional forms of energy, when renewable energy sources are not available. In order to reduce pollution, a set of active measures, such as tree planting, garbage recycling, etc. are employed.
4. Creating a modular living solution architectural concept which allows increasing the comfort and functionality by adding future modules at any time after erecting the building, without interfering with the structural integrity of the building.
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In the last few years, studies has shown that many of the low-energy homes constructive solutions creates a serious discomfort for their inhabitants. These homes are over-insulated, the costs for a healthy interior environment are sky-rocketing and the home-environment interaction is lessening. The ancestral link between nature and home is currently missing. In stark contrast, Soleta zeroEnergy employs a series of energy-efficient technologies that minimizes loss and provides the necessary energy for the home (zeroEnergy concept) using renewable sources (sun, wind, hydro, geo, etc.), without adversely impacting the environment.
Therefore, the exterior sides of the home, directly exposed to the elements (walls) are kept to a minimum and high-efficiency window panels that provides natural lighting (free sunlight) are used. Soleta homes comes with: natural ventilation system, integrated forced ventilation with energy recovery system, thermal energy storage integrated in floor, LED lighting and rainwater storage and treatment system. For further economy, a smart energy, climate and ventilation monitoring and managing system (KNX) is used. Reducing energy consumption by up to 45%, this system can also be remote controlled using a mobile phone or a similar device.
For heating and warm water production, there are many solutions available:
A combined system of solar heat collectors – water-water heat pump;
High efficiency wood or wood pellets stove – solar heat collectors;
Air-air heat pump – solar collectors.
Soleta homes are built using natural, locally available, renewable materials, with the exception of polyurethane thermal insulation and plasterboards for the interior walls finishing (the latter could also be replaced by plyboard, made from natural wood.) The structure is made of glue-laminated wood, and the roofing is also constructed of wood: traditional shingle tiles. The floors are constructed of pinewood, thermally insulated with yet another natural material, cellulose. The stylish exterior walls are made of white-painted spruce wood planks.
Soleta zeroEnergy One
Soleta One is the first Soleta ZeroEnergy concept home built in Romania.
Soleta zeroEenergy One has a particular and innovating architecture. Besides the 48 sqm. interior, a suspended under-roof sleeping area with 9 sqm. (96 sqft) and an exterior terrace with 22 sqm. (237 sqft) are built as an integrated, fully functional unit. Currently, Soleta One is FITS’s showroom, and we welcome daily visits. Soleta One is located in Bucharest, Romania, in the front of the U.S. Embassy.
Photos: Courtesy of FITS
Morning Star Residence is a luxurious modern mountain retreat designed by Slifer Designs in Mountain Star, Colorado. The home is nestled on top of a mountain offering fabulous views towards the surrounding mountaintops. The residence offers a cozy escape from the cold winters with warm fireplaces and plenty of seating areas to lounge and entertain friends and family. The interiors are decorated with plenty of textures and a wide variety of finishes and materials in a soft color palette so as not to detract from the beautiful landscape that pervades the home.
For over 28 years, Silfer Designs has been creating exquisite interiors where people love to live. We specialize in creating more inspired living spaces – by offering award-winning designers, timeless styles, upscale furnishings, and passionate creativity. Above all, we guarantee you’ll be thrilled with your Slifer Designs experience, and that you’ll enjoy the lasting comfort of livable luxury. Visit our store in Edwards, CO to find furnishings, accessories, and gifts for homes of distinction. And arrange a consultation with our legendary designers who can show you new possibilities for your living spaces, and walk you through our Slifer Designs experience of creative and comfortable on time, on budget interior design.
Photos: Stovall Studio
North Star Ranch explores a distinctive Mediterranean style design by Miller Architects in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado. The owner raises cutting horses, but has spent much of her free time traveling the world. She has brought art and artifacts from those journeys into her home, and they work in combination to establish an uncommon mood. The stone floor, stucco and plaster walls, troweled stucco exterior, and heavy beam and trussed ceilings welcome guests as they enter the home. Open spaces for socializing, both outdoor and in, are what those guests experience but to ensure the owner’s privacy, certain spaces such as the master suite and office can be essentially ‘locked off’ from the rest of the home. Even in the context of the region’s extraordinary rock formations, the North Star Ranch conveys a strong sense of personality.
The ranch offers a soothing color palette and takes advantage of the spectacular mountain range views throughout the home.
Photos: Courtesy of Miller Architects
Warmth and texture unite in this gorgeous Bridgehampton Estate designed by David Scott Interiors in Bridgehampton, a hamlet in the South Fork of Suffolk County, New York. The traditional style home encompasses the layering of various textures – rich leathers, woven textiles, rustic metals, and earthy woods – creating a warm and masculine residence. This large home in the heart of horse country is the ideal setting for relaxed summers. The rich brown coloration and earth tones used throughout the rooms were derived from the dark chestnut floors, the beams in the double-height living room, and the stone hearth. Unique rugs in variations of geometric patterns, give the rooms a subtle added dimension.
The walls are a Wattle and Daub natural plaster treatment and the beams are exposed timbers.
The walls are done in a custom hand-painted stencil by Applied Aesthetics Painting Studio.
The candle holders on the dining room table are from West Elm.
Photos: Antoine Bootz & George Ross
This stunning cliffside property perched on a bluff overlooking an ocean surge channel has been designed by Icon Developments in British Columbia, Canada. The stunning custom built residence showcases relaxed west coast style comfort maximized in a modest ranch style home. Every room throughout the transitional home features breathtaking views.
Photos: Concept Photography
Yellowstone Club Andesite Residence is a spectacular rustic mountain retreat that has been designed by Locati Architects along with Tolstedt Architects, situated in Big Sky, Montana. The custom timber frame home is surrounded by the gentle sounds of falling water, comprised of 10,000 square feet of living space the home showcases stunning interiors around every turn. The use of reclaimed heavy timber and local stone was carried throughout the home and used as a backdrop for an eclectic mix of interior design form rustic western to modern simplicity to playful craftsmanship. The homeowners took great pride and care in choosing materials, amenities and special features that make friends and family feel welcome. Entertaining is made easy in the impressive kitchen with features like stainless steel countertops along the perimeter and an extra large granite countertop with a built in steamer. The kitchen is stocked with restaurant grade appliances and the pantry door has a chalkboard panel to leave notes or write the day’s menu. The hallmark of this room is the gently curved wine cabinet with bent glass and mahogany molding with a built in chilling unit.
The living area features reclaimed timbers for trusses and perlins and western red cedar log posts. The mantel is made from Juniper wood which is native to the Montana mountains. Just as impressive is the one piece hearth stone.
This hallway bridge leads to the guest suite. The hallway has a stone and pebble path with inlaid twinkling fiber optic lights. This, in combination with the gently flowing water underneath makes for a magical experience.
The homeowner’s family room features a wet bar made of reclaimed tin and old license plates. They even encouraged the craftsman to put carvings into the bar for a personal touch.
A unique feature to this fabulous home is this custom designed staircase and mural to give the feeling of walking in the forest woodlands.
Photos: Roger Wade Studio
Eastman Street residence is a stunning warehouse conversion situated in Northcote, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Formerly the Northcote Bakery stables, this superbly executed conversion offers expansive living on a vast double allotment 3,681 square feet (342 square meters). The property is unique in having a large side garden with louvred-roof dual covered parking which doubles as an outdoor entertaining space. The nineteenth-century stables building has been imaginatively reconfigured to incorporate a spectacular upper level living and dining space, commercial-style kitchen and bathroom. Downstairs, the entry area leads off one on side to a fitted laundry/utility room and a second bathroom; overlooking the garden is a spacious living room. Three bedrooms (the main with dressing room), a second bathroom and a large storage room complete an imaginative and thoroughly functional design. Interior details include the original trusses, wooden doors and Baltic floor and polished concrete floors. This remarkable property is listed for sale from here, while the link lasts!
This attractive and luminous apartment we spotted on Skeppsholmen is located near the very exclusive area of Strandvägen (Swedish for ‘Shore Street’) in Östermalm, central Stockholm, Sweden. The flat offers an excellent floor plan layout comprised of 1,571 square feet (146 square meters) with a balcony and spacious terrace. The ground floor has a magnificent open plan kitchen with a large dining area and working fireplace. From the dining area, a door leads out to a balcony facing the pleasant courtyard. The tastefully designed kitchen has cast concrete floors and an adjoining wine room. Also on this level is a fabulous bedroom with a stylish bathroom. Via an elegant staircase, an accessible attic offers an open living area with access to a spacious terrace and adjacent separate working area. The living room features a beautiful fireplace with wide plank pine flooring. There are two bedrooms on the upper level, one with fireplace and adjoining walk-in closet. Another very lavish bathroom with beamed ceilings, sunken tub and shower.
French photographer Jean–Marc Lederman purchased this fabulous villa near the town of Llandudno at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The original home was a boring two-storey brick box, but the view were spectacular and captured the spirit of the area. Lederman renovated the home, giving it scale and magnitude, he had long dreamed of living in a house that would have resembled the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Before beginning renovations, Lederman wanted to get a feel for the space, so he lived in the house for a year, studying how the light moved during the day and depending on the season. The first step of the architectural transformation was the basement, which was turned into a photo studio, then he created a spacious terrace with a swimming pool and an attached garage. The results of the design experiments seem to have been a success, the owner enjoys his photography studio and his daughter loves spending time on the terrace by the pool, and friends have found that the house is the best barbeque in the area of Cape Town
A few years after moving into the home, a fire on the top floor significantly damaged the roof and the ceiling. Instead of repairing the damage, Lederman decided to use fire in their favor and left the living room ceiling charred and the walls shabby.
Addressing the interior decor, Lederman first acquired modernist furniture and a few legendary items-chaise longue LC4 by Le Corbusier’s design, Pierre Jeanneret couch and Charlotte Perrian, Cassina, the Barcelona bench by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll, and several vintage chairs 1960 ‘s.
The stairs are Bali teak and the railing is beached sea trunks and boughs.
He chose wooden tables from the island of Bali and ethnic cushions.
“I also don’t want to forget that my house is located in Africa, so I added in the interior several tribal sculptures placed on the walls and paintings by contemporary South African artists”.
Photos: AD Magazine
Impressive views over Barcelona, Spain surround this penthouse apartment spotted on Mi Casa, refurbished and decorated with recovered materials to become a cosmopolitan haven for a couple. The home is situated in the city center with views of the rooftops of the Gothic quarter, the oldest core of the city and its historic center. The penthouse exudes authentic charm, distributed over two floors and restructured completely in a reform that the owners planned to gain luminosity and open and interconnect spaces. The result is fabulous, with a living/dining room integrated with the kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a spacious and cozy rooftop terrace.
The decoration is also the common thread of this project for which the owners used the creative advice from the firm Úsame, specializing in the design of furniture and objects through reused materials. The ceiling, the walls coated with mortar and lime, stucco or brick, are all mostly recovered. When open, the doors of this house can be seen by the original elements with respect and admiration for the parts recovered. The stylish rooms are decorated with a deep aesthetic sensibility and overflowing with personality, adding plenty of luminosity and gave freedom in circulation of spaces.