The project is located on a steep mountain terrain and unfolds into three cascading floor levels that follow the slope of the mountain terrain and offer remarkable views from every room on each level. All formal areas including the guest room are located on the ground floor while the 5 bedrooms, the master bedroom and family living room are distributed over two floors to the lower level. Great care was giving to the issue of privacy between the different floor levels. The geometry of the villa was designed in a way that from no point in the formal quarters of the villa there is a direct view to the family and informal quarters below.
The building assembly consists of four main elements: The concrete superstructure, a bent steel frame that supports the stone facade, the glass curtain wall and the trellis.
A sustainability concept will be developed that includes the utilization of photovoltaic cells, a radiant cooling and heating system, the use of solar thermal collectors for domestic water heating as well as an elaborate building management system that optimizes the energy consumption for the villa.
Client: Witheld per owner request Program: 7 bedroom villa Size: 580 m2 Budget: Witheld per owner request Completion date: 2008-06-01 in progress Material: Concrete, bent Steel, insulated translucent ceramic panels, photovoltaic, triple insulated glass Architect: B+U, LLP Team: Principals: Herwig Baumgartner, Scott Uriu Team: Anthony Ip, Justin Oh, Daniel Saltee, Yahua Wang Consultant: NA