Smart home automation at Dutch W.I.N.D House

Photography: Inga Powilleit

UNStudio’s W.I.N.D House responds to the climate with an automated smart home system.

The ‘homes of the future’, previously the stuff of fantasy exhibited only in World’s Fairs and science fiction, are increasingly becoming a reality. Automation and connectivity are making it possible for today’s smart homes to integrate information technologies, resulting in increased convenience, energy efficiency, safety and security.

The W.I.N.D. House in the north of Holland incorporates both integrated sustainable solutions and home automation, whilst enabling a flexible use of space. The home, designed by UNStudio, is located on the outskirts of a Dutch village and is backed by a wooded area and fronted by an open expanse of polder landscape.

The design of the house responds to both its setting and to the seasons. The more intimate working and sleeping areas are located towards the back, where the enclosure of the woods provides an intimate setting, while the living areas enjoy panoramic views of the polder landscape to the front.

Automation and energy management

A comprehensive home automation system enables integrated control of the electrical systems including solar panels and mechanical installations. Complete control of this ‘smart home’ is possible by a central touch-screen in the living area, while decentral devices provide dedicated control per room. Control is also possible remotely by independent devices via LAN-connection.

The integrated sustainability concept of the house includes a central air/water heat pump, mechanical ventilation with waste heat recovery and solar panels. Heat gain is reduced through the use of tinted glass on the fully glazed front and back facades.

“A challenge in the design of today’s single family home is a response that accurately reflects the degrees of flexibility, sustainability and automation required by the residents and the incorporation of these into the overall concept of the design,” says Architect and UN Studio founder Ben van Berkel.

Visit the UNStudio website for more information on the W.I.N.D House.

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