Two residential homes now in construction on the Caspian shore
This project in Apsheron, Baku, was initially conceived as residential buildings inspired by the surrounding seascape, however the final design also focuses on adapting the building to fit the native climate. The climate in Apsherom is very hot in the summer whilst the winter sees bouts of cold and periodical bursts of wind.
Plans for house ‘C’ propose that the courtyards will look on to a green gallery in an effort to reflect the architect’s heritage city and inspire other architects with a new vision of the surrounding area. The second house in this project, ‘A’, uses copious amounts of glass, through which the inhabitants can look out onto the Caspian shore as these buildings are situated 200 metres from the coast.
The varying climate of Apsherom and the building’s seaside location were taken into account during the planning of this project and certain decisions were made as a result. A deck roof has been constructed to protect the structure from gusting winds, whilst a white wall colour was used to associate the building with the sea foam and to counteract the sun’s strong heat in summer. The inner courtyard was created to accumulate the microclimate of the building as well as to proof the area from solar heating and strong winds. Baku’s climate also provides an opportunity for the wide application of solar and wind energy devices.