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michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US

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The Solar Circular Pool House

The Solar Circular Pool House

The Solar Circular Pool House was designed around an architectural aesthetic that integrates various extreme needs and/or desires of the people who occupy the structure. In this case, the two occupants of the house will use it as a weekend retreat, in an undisclosed temperate climate location. Both of these people are passionate about swimming. As a result, a large circular swimming pool has been integrated into the design in the form of a ring that encircles the entire house. Stairs and a small footbridge lead visitors across the circular pool onto a narrow deck that also encircles the cylindrical shaped house. There is a circular seat on the deck that is mounted onto the vertical exterior wall of most of the house. A curved staircase also mounted onto the vertical wall of the house leads to another circular deck on top of the house. A series of solar cell panels are mounted above the circular deck where they shade the space below. These solar cells power the house, and the roof on which they are mounted is designed to collect rainwater, which is stored under the house. The solar electricity made from the solar cells is also stored under the house in batteries. The collected rainwater is used for the pool, and to supply the needs of the house. The open floor plan of the  interior of the house is equipped with energy efficient appliances, lighting, natural ventilation, a waterless toilet, and highly efficient water saving sinks and a shower.

 
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Status: Unbuilt