The American architect Maziar Behrooz has created a residence in East Hampton, New York, that uses passive strategies of heat exchanges to save energy. These arc house east hampton was designed for a couple who wanted a spacious home, without appearing algograndioso. The architect then decided to “bury” part of the building. And thus combined the couple’s wishes with a look at the sustainability of the 21st century.
Except for its roof, made of corrugated aluminum-zinc plate. The structure is simple, built in concrete and glass, and rises little more than the grassy slope where it was built. The house has about 594 square meters, half of which is underground. This makes the house two times bigger inside than it seems to be from the outside. Using underground construction to avoid restrictive building codes is a popular option in upscale US neighborhoods.
Due to its chosen shape and structure, the arc house design does not have structural pillars. So, giving freedom to create internal environments. The arched shape of the roof also helps in heating / cooling the house. Hot air rises to the peak of the arc, pressing cold air down on the sides. The windows can create a negative pressure condition, which increases the air circulation.
The arc house temperature is almost uniform due to the thermal performance of the windows and the use of spray foam, used as thermal insulation in the roof. The lower volume opens onto an internal patio, so the residents have efficient lighting and the advantage of the more moderate underground temperatures. This temperature is channeled to the rest of the house via a large ladder, so the building is geothermal heated or cooled.