Spanning over 3800 m2, The Roots of Faqra consists of eight individual stone dwellings, situated on a steep sloped terrain facing the north, each with its own walkway, garden, and terrace. The root concept being to preserve the natural landscape, the structures of the project tends to integrate into their environment, by being embedded into the existing stone built step-like earthworks, and by their slanted roofs covered in vegetation.
The project distinguishes itself vis-a-vis its ecological aspect. Planted roofs allow smooth integration into the landscape, as well as providing adequate thermal insulation for summer and winter months. The house benefits from natural heating, via a greenhouse effect produced by a large skylight and a southward curtain wall. Furthermore, 50 cm thick double walls of natural stone, provide the perfect layer of thermal insulation. All the lights used in this project are Eco Friendly LED Lights, heating is done through floor heating, and the VAC system has been designed in such a way to ensure the lowest energy consumption.
Time Frame: December 2014
Architect: NH-Architectes (www.nharchitectes.com)