Bercy Chen Studio has come up with a home design that captures both the future and the past on one plot of land. The Edgeland House, nestled on the banks of the Colorado River in the sate of Colorado in the United States, has actually been designed to incorporate the elements and aesthetic of a Native American Pit House.
What is incredible about the design of the Edgeland House is that it is both modern and yet holds an incredibly strong commitment to the environment. The design mocks the pit house of Native people’s, in which they dug their homes out of the ground because they experience far better temperature regulation, and allows for the surrounding land to take the heaviest brunt of bad weather conditions.
The house has been designed with the idea of incorporating nature in every way. Though the house has a thoroughly modern design element, it features two distinct living and sleeping areas, separated by both the walls of glass and nature. Thus the designer wanted the inhabitants to view the beauty of the natural surroundings while in the home, and feel nature while moving between the living areas.
The home has been designed in the most sustainable and eco-friendly ways possible, including the use of built in rain water collectors and a geothermal heating system. The rain water system collects rain water off of the home and that is then cleaned, recycled and used for things like dishwashers and toilet water. The geothermal heating system harnesses the energy needed to power the home from the ground and is considered to be a system that is carbon neutral.
These systems work hand in hand with the natural ways that the Edgeland House has built in to heat and cool itself. By the nature of the design, the home will be able to absorb the heat from the surrounding soil when it is warm, and then be able to use the soil to cool the home as well.
What was one of the most important elements in the design of the home to the Bercy Chen Studio is how it looks and integrates across the landscape. The designers in the studio even went so far as to offer four separate artist renderings which would indicate what the natural landscape would look like during each season, including what wildflowers would be blooming to give a really complete picture of the home.