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A Very Energy Efficient White House by the Sea

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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.
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The organization is unusual. This large window faces away from the ses, surprisingly.
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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.

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Stranger still, the bathing area is right in the middle of the house and wide open on all sides to views.

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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.

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And when you need to be in the bathroom, the view can be shut out with a special glass that can be made to become opaque making the bathroom private when privacy is needed.

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The house is sunk partway below grade, to take advantage of the geothermal properties of cooling and heating at five feet or more underground to reduce the home’s energy bill.

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The passageways from front to back are on the sides of the house.

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Facing out to sea, a smaller window is high enough to leap a tall privacy fence.

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…and is yet big enough to view the sea view here.

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?

Image: Takio Shiotsuka
Source: Shio
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