Ellen Honigstock Architects has been looking at several designs for what they call Indy House, a proposed secondary space in Indianapolis adjacent to a single family home to function mainly as an artist’s and writer's studio: it will also be as eco-friendly as possible in terms of design and construction (modular, to save on material costs, ease of constructability and time; zero energy, so it has a net energy of zero over the course of a year; and passive solar elements, to heat and cool the house). There's a particularly interesting interview with the owners about what they want here, but there are four main design possibilities:
SCHEME A (pictured top): With roof deck, full south glazing and transom window.
SCHEME B (above): With north facing deck, south facing solar system, and horizontal louvers shading southern facadeSCHEME C (above): With an “L” shaped roof and sun shading/heat control louvers on the south facadeSCHEME D: With a “V” shaped roof for light penetration, water catchment possibilities, and folding doors with shading/heat control louvers.
Which do you like best?