Passive architecture

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about passive architecture

Project • By Koichi Takada ArchitectsApartments

Norfolk Burleigh Heads

Drawing inspiration from local Norfolk pines, the latest mixed-use residential project by Koichi Takada Architects is a sculptural and sympathetic addition to its coastal location in Burleigh Heads (Queensland, Australia). The organic, overlapping architectural curves and linear screening form the basis for this responsive building with passive design principles at play.  Scott Burrows   Designed to appreciate the 1,012 square-meter beachfront site on Goodwin Terrace at the southern end of Burleigh Heads Beach, the north facing 10-storey structure provides 15 unique apartments, two dual level penthouses with private rooftop pools, and impressive ground floor wellbeing amenities for residents to enjoy the prime location year... More

Project • By RP Architects PondicherryHotels

Casa de Victoria

Casa de Victoria, an eco-guest house near the coast of Bay of Bengal The project is designed as cluster of small studio units for long term visitors to stay in a nature friendly environment.  The guest house comprises of 3 studio units connected by a small corridor with a avenue of trees on one side and units on the other. The units are placed in a way, that there are small sit out spaces created inbetween the units which gives privacy and acts as a small courtyard spaces. They also are increase the cross ventilation and let in natural light inside the units. The buildings are built with CSEB (compressed stabilised earth blocks). Interesting patterns are created using CSEB blocks as walls. The project uses all less embodied energy m... More

Project • By RUHM ArchitektenOffices


The design approach for this project was to create a flexible and technologically advanced working environment, that would be safe, healthy, comfortable, accessible, as well as aesthetically pleasing and durable. Additionally, the client was future oriented, with a clear perspective for contemporary, environmentally building in sign.  The location decision was made by taking in consideration the distance the majority of employees will have to travel to reach the office. Therefore, we chose a location accessible by bike and well connected to the public transportation network. The building is designed in a Passive House manner, creating air-tight structure, using the underground waters from the location for the cooling systems and solar... More

Project • By assemblageSTUDIOPrivate Houses


The idea of horizon is strongly felt on the site through the stark mesa that lies adjacent to the community. Overpowering in scale, the Mesa forms the backdrop of the project. This idea of horizon is grounded in the concept of TERRA. A single-story structure in constant connection to the desert floor, low in profile, the roof edge, demarcated with a steel ribbon, forms a datum line, characteristically reflecting the Mesa’s strong horizontal edge. Light is in constant play in the desert, reflecting off the desert floor...diffused through the leaves of mesquite trees. In TERRA, the roof encompasses the project, extending past the edge of the enclosure,  to form a series of protected courtyards. Within the roof a series of opening... More

Project • By sons of architecturePrimary Schools

Elementary School Amos for Psáry and Dolní Jirčany

Urban planning and architectural design  The new school campus creates within the municipality a place with its own identity. Despite its size the building and its entrance area is not disturbing the spatial and functional context of the place as it stands on the other end of an urban axis connecting the campus with the village square unveiling its potential to become a lively street. The community character of the building is visually supported by a public library situated in an exposed corner facing the village. The school is set in a mellow slope and the design works with different floor counts facing the entrance area on one side and the school grounds on the other one. The large building is divided into several structural vo... More

Project • By Benjamin FleuryApartments


This project is integrated into a suburban housing environment. Located in the Rue des Chantereines in the city of Montreuil, the site of the project faces housing blocks typical from the sixties which heights goes from five to ten stories. On the other hand, the inner borders of the parcel are surrounded with houses and their gardens.   COOPIMMO is our client. It is cooperative for affordable housing, that has become one of the first producer of social accommodations with a renting-purchasing system. COOPIMMO is also a pioneer at the national scale on using the « Fair Lease Agreement », a plan that regulates the price of the land for this type of constructions. Its structure allows it to take action all around... More

Project • By Arch. Ruslan LukashchukPrivate Houses

"Grazhda" House

Location: Kyiv, UkraineArea: 255 m2Year: 2018Principles and decisions made in the project.1. Priority of the site (the main value of suburban accommodation is site). The house is designed with a rational approach to the site. Buildings are concentrated in the northern parts with minimal shading and maximum space in front of the house. The site is elongated in plan, so the house has an elongated shape too.2. Subordination to the four cardinal direction. The permanent residence rooms are oriented towards the southern side.3. The house is divided into functional zones. Technical sphere (garage, technical premises, auxiliary premises), transit zone of general purpose use (kitchen, dining room, living room), private area (bedroom).4. A lot of st... More

Project • By BiodomesHousing


Our company Biodomes designs and builds custom, one-of-a-kind glass, metal and concrete geodesic domes. We offer over 20 different geodesic dome models that can be sized and customized in a number of ways. We also build earth sheltered, green roof geodesic domes that can be insulated to passive house standards. Our goal is to create structures whose function is as important as their form, buildings that are beautiful and functional at the same time. Earth sheltered, glass geodesic domes represent the ultimate sustainable passive eco homes of the future and the timeless design and alluring aesthetics of geodesic domes offer unsurpassed versatility, they can be designed as ultra modern passive eco-homes, recreational spaces, i... More

Project • By Diethelm & SpillmannHousing

Passive House

The Vogels’ residence in Sattel, Schwyz, is located 1,100 metres above sea-level, in the Mostelberg skiing and hiking region. The site grants a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and the Lake of Aegri in the distance. As the plot shows a slight dip, not much of this panorama can be seen close to the ground. The basic concept of the building was however developed out of this seeming disadvantage: both the residential part of the house and the part dedicated to work are raised above ground level and rest on an unheated basement, which only houses the garage and the basement. And because the building code only allowed a two-storey structure, the house expands horizontally. This led to its characteristic projections and embeds it in a... More

Project • By Karawitz ArchitectureHousing

Passive House in Bessancourt

A house without heating system. The windows and prefabricated walls are so well insulated that the home’s primary sources of heat are the occupants and the sun. The heat recovery ventilation provides fresh air without heating process. Principle: Successful integration in the site thanks to its double face, closed to the north to limit heat losses and opened to the south to benefit from free solar energy. Aesthetically, it is a sculptural and abstract replica of a traditional house. Descriptive: A second skin with an open work cladding in untreated bamboo envelopes the structure in solid wood panels. This cladding, which becomes grey over the time, took inspiration from traditional barns in this part of the Ile-de-France region. It p... More

Project • By Alumil S.AOffices

111 Eighth Avenue

The intense urban rhythms of bustling New York fit perfectly to the character of a technological giant like Google, but the interior of its headquarters is dominated by a sense of "escapism" and undisturbed by external factors, working experience. In the fourth largest building of the city, there has been significant changes in terms of energy improvement and working conditions. The building retains its architectural style, while at the same time, also includes elements of a contemporary approach. A huge volume of 270,000 m² whose external surface consists of a ceramic finish, dominates and imposes itself on 111 of 8th Avenue trying to maintain the closest connection to the city even though inside the building strategies for the future... More

Project • By RockpanelPrivate Houses

Passive house Kortijs

There is a house in Kortijs, and a very special one at that. Architect Wim Van Laer has designed a passive house with an exceptionally low sustainability factor. The story behind what at first appears to be a rather simple, yet thoroughly well though-out and innovative project can be summed up in just one word: simplicity. The passive house owes its particular character to the dark grey structure that is completely finished in Rockpanel Colours facade cladding. The high energy performance is achieved with the help of Rockwool insulation. The final result is a magnificent whole within which form, finish and functionality blend together perfectly. Maximum minimum “The passive house in Kortijs is designed with only one ambition in mind:... More

Project • By Holcim FoundationSecondary Schools

Secondary school with passive ventilation system

Comment of the Holcim Awards jury Africa Middle East The jury commended this project because of its broad approach towards enmeshing discreet sustainable aspects of the program into a comprehensive whole. The Secondary School Gando is constructed by the local community and builds not only a series of structures, but also a sense of identity and enhanced social cohesion. Its “urban design” has the potential to act as an anchor point in the village structure. The project, as one element of a long-term school development, makes use of “hightech” ideas that are implemented with low-tech means. It intelligently leverages the site’s characteristics and locally-available materials. The project itself generates positive impacts upon both the soc... More

Project • By Maciej ZawadzkiHousing

Passive Solar House

A low-tech way of gathering energy by using solar power is not expensive. Massive materials,preferably in darker colors collects and stores better solar energy during the day and return it during the night.Unlike active solar heating systems, it doesn’t involve the use of mechanical and electrical devices what most of the times increase the . The solar path in passive design One of the most important factors in this design is the realiance between the position of the openings in the facades and the accumulative materials located in the walls and floors ,wich corresponds with different times of the year and sun angle. Other passive features include optimal orientation on the site (to gather as much solar energy as possible), the compac... More

Project • By Reynaers AluminiumPrivate Houses

Passive house

Houses which use very little energy, no energy at all, or less energy than they generate: There is a wide range of possibilities in terms of energy-efficiency. In the Belgian town of Ath, the Luxemburg architect Bruno Jourquin designed and built his own energetically passive villa, where sunlight, human beings, and household appliances serve as passive heat sources and thereby reduce energy use. An advantageous orientation and optimum insulation are essential to this, and that was one reason to utilize Reynaers’ high insulation window and door system CS 86-HI . The house’s contemporary architecture shows that it is possible these days to build ‘greenly’ without demonstrative expressions of sustainability. More