This eco-sound architectural project by Bercy Chen Studio is located on the shores of the Colorado River in Austin, Texas, on a site which previously held an industrial identity. Inspired by the traditional Native American Pit House, the reinterpreted contemporary design aims to redress and restore the damage inflicted on the site by its past usage.
The project is divided into two specific structures of public and private spaces separated by a paved courtyard, inviting outdoor living and interaction with nature when moving from one space to the other. The underground aspect and green roofs have the advantage of natural insulation but the ‘green’ benefits do not end there; an energy efficient integrated hydronic HVAC system through geothermal heat exchange supported by a smart pool ensures additional benefits for the occupants.
This progressive design is a wonderful example of eco-architecture at its best, a stunning piece of architecture with the minimum site disturbance resulting in the smallest possible carbon footprint.