The following is the key issues studied in the design of the House:
· Nourishing Family life by gathering all family members in one big family house is one key target every grandparent is seeking after a life journey.
· Preserving house occupant’s privacy by an inward oriented design reminding us with the famous court like houses, yet not depriving the house rooms from the open views nor the feeling of openness through increasing the areas of glass partitions.
· Increasing social interaction between family members through the central inner court and mezzanines design which maintain a modern life style, by covering all inner walls of the court with wide glass partitions and bridges passing through.
As shade is the first priority in comfort cooling, the design incorporates sheer density of house program masses with tall narrow corridors to provide shaded areas throughout the day.
Sculpting the void through carving the space between rooms – is as important as designing the house itself.
Deep roof overhangs and shading screens layer the house and create shade throughout the year.
The concept behind arranging the house’s masses is about how the masses of the building provide a heat sink and act as "inertia" against temperature fluctuations, when outside temperatures are fluctuating throughout the day, a large thermal mass within the shaded portion of the house can serve to "flatten out" the daily temperature fluctuations, since the thermal mass will absorb thermal energy when the surroundings are higher in temperature than the mass, and give thermal energy back when the surroundings are cooler, without reaching [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_equilibrium]thermal equilibrium[/url], and retain the occupants' thermal with the thermal comfort .
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· Reducing the Carbon emissions was intended to be achieved through reducing energy needs consumed by AC by increasing the shaded areas in the building as discussed before in this report, the house facade is designed to minimize the areas exposed to direct sunlight by creating voids throughout the whole mass and using aluminum shading screens on exposed areas. In the addition to creating cross ventilation wind paths through the building masses as a strategy to decrease the thermal impact of sun heat.
· Also this design ensures the ambient indirect light to enter the inner spaces of the building and thus decreases the use of artificial lights.