What do Passive Houses Look Like?

March 22, 2023

AirtightnessBiophilic DesignGreen ArchitecturePassive House ArchitectureZero Energy

What do passive houses look like? The range is wide, but we think a sense of strength is often characteristic: when a thermal envelope is so well crafted, it projects solidity. Openings therefore are significant, and we love to give them a lot of care. Here the entry as vertical expression speaks to the two-story space within, which communes with the grove of trees beyond. The wood siding becomes the language of indoor-outdoor, changing from wall to open screening to porch decking, running inside to bring the outside in. We like drawing on the historic farmhouse reference without becoming simply nostalgic—letting it be a collage element, a comfortable anchor.
This is an ArchiCad-Enscape rendering with hand overlay and Photoshop color.