Saturday, 17 September 2011

NAOMI CAMPBELL'S PRIVATE ISLAND HORUS ECO~HOME

If the world comes to an end, model Naomi Campbell and her nearest and dearest will have no trouble surviving in this 25 roomed eco-home. Designed by her favorite new architects Luis de Garrido, the glass domed house is completely energy and water self-sufficient and features an amazing indoor landscaped terrace
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Everything about Naomi's new house is a dream: its comfortable microclimate, its constant flow of air, light and heat when necessary, its superior landscaping, and of course the fact that it was built on the Isla Playa de Cleopatra in Turkey. One cannot ignore the Egyptian theme.
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An assignment to build a 25 bed-roomed eco-house must be a dream come true for architects

Especially when it comes free of budget or creative constraints. 
Note the Ankh sculpture.

And Luis de Garrido, her favorite architect, ran with it!
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Situated on the Isla Playa de Cleopatra in Turkey
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The property is shaped like "The Eye of Horus" from Egyptian mythology
Combined with a sophisticated geothermal system, the PV panels provide all of the energy required

Combined with a sophisticated geothermal system, the PV panels provide all of the energy required.
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The main house is a massive steel-frame dome clad in glazed glass panels

It has several floors and contains 25 bedrooms, 5 lounges, and an indoor landscaped terrace
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This home receives year round air, light, and warmth
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Which ensure that the home requires no electrical grid-connections to provide for heating or cooling

Thanks to tilted louvers and landscaping that block excess solar gain
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Rainwater is harvested

And waste water is treated with an on-site biological system

When the world ends, Naomi and her nearest and dearest will be able to thrive here

Notice how the designer strikes an incredible balance between natural lighting and heating without killing everyone inside the glass dome

 
The geothermal system is state-of-the-art

All in all, this is one of the most remarkable eco-houses of all time!
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Naomi Campbell commissioned the talented Luis de Garrido from Spain to build an off-grid home complete with photovoltaic panels, a sophisticated geothermal system, an interior landscaped terrace, and ~ ahem ~ 25 bedrooms. 
That the Eye of Horus from Egyptian mythology is actually an illuminati cult symbol, could make this incredible project on the Isla Playa de Cleopatra in Turkey a bit hard to swallow. But for everyone sees it for what it is ~ a work of pure architectural genius.

Although it comes with 25 bedrooms and five lounges, which is definitely well out of range for anyone whose name is not Naomi Campbell or maybe Sheikh Hamad (who inscribed his name into a Gulf beach so that it would be visible from space), it is a scaled example of what can be achieved in architecture when the goal is to achieve complete self-sufficiency.

Although not everyone’s cup of tea, the eye shape is achieved by the clever placing of photovoltaic panels that also generate part of the energy required to run Naomi’s home. More energy comes from a deeply sophisticated geothermal system and passive design.

That large dome permits natural light and warmth to penetrate the house all year round, but not too much. Solar gain is controlled with horizontal louvers, landscaping, and glazed windows.

Steps have also been taken to ensure that the house is well-ventilated, which should put to rest any concerns that the greenhouse effect creates an uncomfortable humidity level, while an interior landscaped terrace on the top floor further contributes to the home’s superior microclimate.

Rainwater is harvested and all of the wastewater is treated on site using a biological treatment system, further rounding out this home’s overall efficiency. Of course, virtually every Green Prophet writer would shoot for a home that is much smaller and more understated, but then we don’t have millions of dollars at our disposal. If given the choice between solid-gold mercedes and a massive off-grid home on an island, I definitely choose the latter!

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