Beauty is more than skin deep in the new Orient House IV by Ryall Porter Sheridan. It may be one of the most energy efficient homes on Long Island, thanks to an architectural focus on Passive House design disciplines. Heating and cooling require little energy in the Orient House IV, providing eco-friendly harmony with the natural scenery that encircles it.
The visual design of Orient House IV eschews flair and flamoyance, allowing the shape and materials to define its visual identity. Natural, naked woods line every inch of the home that is not open to the interior, showing off an aged look that suggests reclaimed sourcing. Tall, strategically-placed windows provide natural lighting and passive climate control, another element of this home’s efficient design philosophy.
A home so simple in shape may not be the apple of every eye, but it’s hard not to appreciate the subtle beauty of a home like this. Both visually and economically, it is designed to blend into its environment and provide a sensible, peaceful lifestyle for its inhabitants. [via designboom]