Design - A sphere has 25% less surface
area than a cube of the same volume; minimising the perimeter means
reducing the heat loss.
The designed "sphere house" is divided into three floors that
are organised around a core - "services/distribution wall".
Open plan design allows easy changes to work and living spaces.
The central core includes stairs, kitchen (social and family assembly
point), bathroom and toilets.
The service/distribution wall accommodates all ducts, services, central
heating system and electrical connections between floors.
The upper floor is designed as a highly flexible living space with up
to two entrance points allowing you to connect to the outside.
The lower floor houses working space, sleeping area and the main entrance.
The sleeping area is divided by a light partition system. The system
can be easily repositioned or, by adding additional components, can
create further bedrooms. The working area is open plan space that can
be organised according to home occupier's needs. The lowest floor is
designed to accommodate batteries (ballast), storage, water tanks, heating
system and central IT equipment necessary for automatic operation of
the house. Layers of light, composite materials create the external
envelope: the transparent cladding, shades with photo voltaic cells
cover the upper part of the house. The lower part of the envelope is
divided in to two parts: under water and above water. The under water
part of the envelope is designed as a light insulated aluminium body
attached to the main frame. The above water part is covered by transparent
cladding and retractable screens for privacy.