Out of the total amount of energy being consumed in an average household, a major share is used up by the lighting fixtures that help illuminate the interior space. To save a considerable amount of energy and also test the limits of architecture in cold weather, architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates have come up with the Meme Meadows Experimental House in Japan.
Taking inspiration from the “Chise” architecture of the indigenous Ainu who keep a constant fire burning in the center of their homes for warmth, the translucent building makes use of solar radiation as heat, which with the translucent façade is made to enter the interior space. The insulation for this experimental dwelling is made using recycled plastic bottles, which also allows light to filter through.
Dvice states that without any lighting system included, the idea here is simple – get up when it gets bright and go to bed after dark. The house has been designed to examine how different factors affect the thermal qualities of construction and testing would lead to more efficient insulation for green homes.