HOUSE MADE OF WATER – AN ARCHITECTURAL FIRST?
Southport architects and others around the UK are sure to be interested in a new type of house that’s just been designed and which features something the creator has dubbed liquid engineering, where water is trapped inside steel and glass panels to make up the structure of the building.
The brainchild of Hungarian architect Dr Matyas Gutai, the design is intended to help keep the house cool during the summer and warm throughout the winter, an eco-friendly move that Dr Gutai believes will reduce energy bills by up to 20 per cent, the Daily Mail reports.
Apparently, as the steel and glass panels are quite lightweight, they can be fitted together so that they are all connected and then, once in place, the panels are filled with a thin layer of water that makes its way across the walls, floor and roof. Because everything is connected, heat from one part of the house is distributed around the rest of the building.
“Instead of insulating the buildings, you have a structure that absorbs energy and reuses it for later. You can have a sustainable house without any insulation at all,” the inventor was quoted by the news source as saying.
Dr Gutai is the founder of Allwater, a group that strives to be innovative in the realms of design, structure and building, whether this be on a housing project, a pavilion or a public building. Allwater Panel technology is also being used for a rooftop extension on a building in Budapest to help provide the city with more rooftop terraces.