A Very Energy Efficient White House by the Sea
Here’s a house that takes the reflective and climate-cooling power of white roofs to the nth degree! The roof is white, but so is almost everything else in this Japanese seaside home by Takio Shiotsuka.
The organization is unusual. This large window faces away from the ses, surprisingly.
It houses the master bedroom. The whiteness continues to dominate the interior. Calming, but a bit sterile? This looks like a hospital room to me.
But there is a good reason for this. The entire house can be seen through in both directions , so you can see the sea, and in the other direction, the hills.
All in all – an odd house. The relentless whiteness, which makes environmental sense outside: because if every roof in a region experiencing greater temperature increases was white – it would help reduce regional climate change. A white roof also reduces heating and cooling costs by about 20%.
But extending that white on the inside seems just peculiar to me. How about you?