With resources to merge artistry, innovative design, and sustainable technologies, new inventions are rapidly being tested out and put into action. Even when met with criticism, the dreamers of these new-age models have persevered with incredible success in constructing their design.
One such example is the environmentally friendly home known as The Wave House. Just a set of renderings three years ago, the French architect, Patrick Nadeau, has recently completed the home and it’s quite similar to the original renderings. Resistant questions, such as “seriously, who is going to mow the roof?” didn’t slow down the sustainable builder, and the finished product is pretty incredible.
The most interesting part of the new plan may be the roof. It’s designed to host a variety of plant species and insulates the structure. According to Dezeen, the planting is “primarily to provide thermal insulation but also to allow the house to fit in with it’s rural surroundings.”
Modern buildings are quite unsustainable in the sense that they don’t utilize the Earth’s resources. Compared to underground homes, it takes a lot of energy to supply electricity and heat in structures not suited to feed off of the Earth’s thermal properties; these resources are high-cost, are becoming less abundant in supply, and can have detrimental effect on the environment.
In this new design, the roofs become walls and meet the ground. It’s a method of sustainable architecture others are quickly adopting. “Architects are using green roofs to make buildings become part of the landscape; the dividing line between architecture and landscape architecture disappears,” says Nadeau. “The traditional relationship between house and garden is changed, disturbed, even; the project encompasses both in the same construction.”
Taking into account the varying need plants have at such a slope, innovative systems for the maintenance of land and water retention were implemented. Plant species were then selected based on their aesthetic qualities and ability to adapt to the environment.
Part lush garden, part sustainable structure, the house is considered alive; it changes its appearance, color, and scent with the seasons. Further more, new plants can be brought by wind, insects, or birds and gives the building a certain character. Living up to its name, La Maison-vague (terrain vague), it poetically signifies an ocean wave or an open field. It’s a beautiful model for future environmentally-friendly dwellings.
The actual house is built of wood (structure, hall, and facades gears), and only the base is concrete. Thermal performance is ensured by north-south orientation, as well as the hull and double wall facades. The outer walls are composed of polycarbonate, and the inner walls of glass and wood. Finally, heat is provided by a tiny wood stove in the center.
Modest and beautiful, Nadeau definitely has shared an impressive design many may adopt for sustainable developments in the future.