Environmental poetry – Double family house at Blaklia :

In 2014 they completed their own family house in Blaklia, Trondheim. The architects set out to explore what the “green house” is. Not to consider it merely as a technical challenge but rather a way of using space and experiencing space. In the same way gravity has given beautiful constructed columns and beams, the recycling of materials and energy saving in building will generate its own beauty. They investigated how temperature zoning and solar power not only could provide efficient energy use, but also give a meaningful extra layer of quality in the everyday life-

A solid wall covered with clay divides the main plan of the house. The wall serves as insulation between two temperature zones, as a thermal collector and a humidity equalizer. This wall also separates the house into a secluded part and an exposed part. The exposed part contains entrances, stairs and openings towards the garden. The secluded part contains the hearth, bathrooms and bedrooms.
Together the two parts forms a building that contains the necessary spaces for a balanced life.

Two different old techniques have been tested in this building:
- LEIREPUSS/ CLAY PLASTER: Clay from the site is used as clay plaster on both sides of the solid inside wall, dividing the whole building in two. 
- KULLSVART/ CHARRED WOOD: Outside the house is covered with short-traveled pine panel, treated as charred wood/ yakisugi (old, Japanese facade technique), burning 2-5 mm of the surface of the paneling as an esthetic and well functioning surface treatment. 

Nina Haarsaker and Sevrin Gjerde are both architects educated in Trondheim and graduated from NTNU 2001/2000.Nina is a lecturer at NTNU and Sevrin works at Agraff Architects in Trondheim.



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