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Back to the roots - Imagine Dumbrava Vlăsiei competition

Balotești, jud. Ilfov, România
Authors: arch. Victor Felix Mocanu, arch. Iuliana Coman / S.C. ARHISIMPLU S.R.L.

Authors’ Comment

Back to the roots represents a contemporary passive house concept generated by ancient tehniques. Following the idea of the humble dugout, found in many people's history and being one of the first formes of living, we tried to reinterpret this dwelling in a contemporary fashion, that would suit the inhabitant's needs, without diminishing the connection with nature. We wanted to simplify the organic forms of the traditional underground dwelling towards creating an up to date volume.
The final form came as a result from pivoting the entire roof with the soil on top, opening the interior towards the favourable scenery, resulting in an almost transparent facade. This transparency links the interior with the nature, ensuring the ventilation of all the spaces in summer time, while in winter it will generate heat because of the greenhouse effect, while the loss of energy are dwindled due to the green roof.
The acces is done through a tunnel that spans the entire house, framed on three sides to resemble a painting frame, while the canvas is represented by the landscape in the background, visible via transparency.

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