klopf architecture submerges net-zero energy home in ground
klopf architecture submerges net-zero energy home in ground klopf architecture submerges net-zero energy home in ground
feb 25, 2014
klopf architecture submerges net-zero energy home in ground


klopf architecture submerges net-zero energy home in ground
image © 2011 mariko reed
all images courtesy of klopf architecture

 

 

 

 

san francisco-based klopf architecture has completed a net-zero energy home located in cupertino, california. wanting to score as high as possible in the ‘greenpoint rated system’ for a two-level building, the owners decided to de-construct their existing dwelling, as they realized a single-story design would take up the entire back yard.


view of the open plan living and dining space
image © 2011 mariko reed

 

 

 

respecting the surrounding neighbors, a partially-submerged lower level was inserted with a pulled-back floor plate to create a light-filled atrium. built in collaboration with mechanical engineering firm monterey energy group, the volume features insulated concrete forms, structural insulated panels, high-performance windows and a solar photovoltaic system, sized to cover all the energy usage. the open plan layout and light-filled interior offers a direct connection to the outside nature, while maintaining high levels of privacy.


kitchen
image © 2011 mariko reed

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(left) kitchen
(right) customized cabinetry and bookshelves
images © 2011 mariko reed


built-in cabinetry
image © 2011 mariko reed

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staircase
image © 2011 mariko reed


basement
image © 2011 mariko reed


plant room
image © 2011 mariko reed


exterior view
image © 2011 mariko reed

 

 

project info:

 

klopf architecture project team: john klopf, aia, geoff campen, and mason st. peter
mechanical engineer: monterey energy group
contractor: matarozzi / pelsinger builders
photography: images © 2011 mariko reed
location: cupertino, ca
year completed: 2011

 

 

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