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Isolée, the minimal house with a green heart

While most of the ecological houses tries to blend in and totally integrate with the surrounding environment, some designers have decided to do exactly the opposite, enhancing thesustainable architecture through the extravagant use of elements such as i solar panels.

Some architects they design sturdy and self-sufficient houses, others, on the other hand, focus on something more minimal and a zero impact. This is the case of the Isolée, made by the Dutch company Tjep. The house was designed as a sort of pile dwelling, raised above the ground so as to occupy as little as possible. Looking at it from a distance, more than a house, Tjep's looks like a toy model! It develops vertically and self-sufficient: satisfies your electricity needs thanks to a very special photovoltaic system sticking out of the roof like a funny tree.

Frank Tjepkema, founder of the design company Tjep, said he was inspired by the modern world. In fact, the designer Frank is not entirely wrong: we live in a way where he is smartphone they are thinner and thinner, cars are compact and even bicycles are using ever lighter materials.

While houses continue to be built with thick brick walls, there are still materials that are equally resistant but which can be thinner and more minimal. Thus it was born Isolée, the three-story house that can be compared to the latest generation technologies.

The house is spread over three floors, interconnected with rather sparse stairways. The side facades have slits thanks to which it is possible to adjust the intensity of the light by maximizing thenatural lighting. The building can be "fully open " by an electric mechanism powered by solar energy. In case of rain or other bad weather, the walls close automatically, sealing the building again!

All the artificial light of the Isolée is provided by LED bulbs powered by rechargeable solar batteries. The temperature is regulated by a computer connected to a wood stove but this only comes into operation when the heating provided by the solar panels is not enough.

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