Thatched houses may create no wonder in you, but this one is different. Because, this is a beautiful thatched home topped with rooftop solar panels.
This outstanding home created by Timber design is a striking example of beauty and sustainability. This may be the first of such kind in Mozambique. The striking factor about the house is that it operates entirely off-the-grid.
The solar panels provide energy to electrify and illuminate the home, and the energy is also partially used to heat water.
The house consists of three separate units topped with Makuti thatch typical of vernacular architecture in Tofo and is located near the Indian Ocean. Locally available Zimbiri timber is used for the external cladding and decking. The house is incredibly insulated and it feels air conditioned even when it is 30 degrees Celsius outside.
Integrating the thatched roof, made of coco palm leaves, with PV panels was the biggest challenge for the architect.
Gas is also used as a means of energy, but other than that, the whole house runs entirely off-grid. Black and gray water are separated and the methane harvested from the blackwater effluent is used to generate additional energy.
We are forced to admit that this house is a fusion of beach architecture and modern technology.
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