The Crossway Passivhaus

The Crossway Passivhaus

Trent Johnson
Dec 7, 2010

This rather unique home in the UK is making architectural history with its combination state-of-the-art passive house design, unique parabolic arch, and a green roof.

Obscured by the snow is a green roof which connects to the surrounding yard. The designer, Hawkes Architecture, utilized arch construction for the roof which requires no added support in the way of structural beams and actually reduces material use. The 20-meter roof span was built using timbrel vault construction, where handmade clay tiles are mortared together to make the structure. On top of this clay membrane is a green roof which helps regulate the home's interior temperature.

The interior includes recycled glass flooring, recycled tire matting, and walls insulated with cellulose and shredded newspaper.

Hawes Architecture via Inhabitat.

(Images by Hawkes)

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