Great Gulf Active House was designed to “set a new precedent in Canadian residential development.” It’s also probably the most unusual house on its street in a suburb outside St. Catharines, Ontario.
The 3,290-square-foot structure was reportedly built to fit its environment. For example, the long roof slope and major glazing are oriented facing south, maximizing the efficiency of the solar hot-water system and passive solar gain.
Two intersecting axes are designed to promote cross breezes, while a plethora of skylights and windows increase natural light and consequently decrease the need for artificial lighting. There’s also an exterior deck that equals the width of the living room, giving the entire structure a sense of seamlessness.
In addition, the architects claim the house runs on 100-percent renewable energy. Perhaps it’s time to move to Canada.