For those who believe that the Eye of Horus from Egyptian mythology is actually an illuminati cult symbol, this incredible project on the Isla Playa de Cleopatra in Turkey might be a bit hard to swallow. But for everyone else who sees it for what it is – a work of pure architectural genius – read on.
Although it comes with 25 bedrooms and five lounges, which is definitely well out of range for anyone whose name is not Naomi Campbell or maybe Sheikh Hamad (who inscribed his name into a Gulf beach so that it would be visible from space), it is a scaled example of what can be achieved in architecture when the goal is to achieve complete self-sufficiency.
Although not everyone’s cup of tea, the eye shape is achieved by the clever placing of photovoltaic panels that also generate part of the energy required to run the building. More energy comes from a deeply sophisticated geothermal system and passive design.
That large dome you see permits natural light and warmth to penetrate the house all year round, but not too much. Solar gain is controlled with horizontal louvers, landscaping, and glazed windows.
Steps have also been taken to ensure that the house is well-ventilated, which should put to rest any concerns that the greenhouse effect creates an uncomfortable humidity level, while an interior landscaped terrace on the top floor further contributes to the home’s superior microclimate.
Rainwater is harvested and all of the wastewater is treated on site using a biological treatment system, further rounding out this home’s overall efficiency. Of course, virtually every Green Prophet writer would shoot for a home that is much smaller and more understated, but then we don’t millions of dollars at our disposal. So, if given the choice between solid-gold mercedes and a massive off-grid home on an island, we’d definitely choose the latter!
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