Villa Eco House Puts Interesting Twist On Green Home Design

If Frank Gehry built eco-homes, they might look a little something like The Villa by German architect Daniel Libeskind. Featuring a “twisted” modern design full of sharp angles and startling shapes, it also utilizes the latest in eco-design for a light footprint, high-concept home.

According to Green Diary, the Villa features a solar thermal system for heat (integrated invisibly into the building’s zinc facade), photovoltaic thin-film solar panels (for electricity), and rainwater harvesting (for landscape irrigation). Owing to its maximized thermal insulation (achieved with a wood core and mineral wool insulation) as well as its renewable energy sources, the Villa is classified as a low-energy structure, built in compliance with some of the toughest energy-saving standards in the world.


image via Green Diary

As far as aesthetics, the Villa is 100% modern, mimicking the Jewish Museum in Berlin and “other masterpieces” by the architect, as well as the composition of crystals, from which it draws its eco-design. The home features secluded terraces, a sauna, and a dramatic entrance hall leading to a Grand Room that highlights the building geometry with floor-to-ceiling windows.  The Villa can be shipped anywhere in the world within two months, according to Studio Daniel Libeskind, and assembled on location.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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