In Geneva, Switzerland, an experimental timber home is a model for eco-friendly building. Swiss architect Leopold Banchini collaborated with engineer Marc Walgenwitz to design the Casa CCFF, a small, prefab home built for energy efficiency and assembled in just a few days by local carpenters.

Lucy Wang at Inhabitat writes:

The prefabricated home can be understood as a series of square modules laid out in a square four-by-four module plan. The compact ground floor, for instance, is made up of three modules: a single outdoor living space and a double-width interior space that connects to the upper floor via a spiral staircase. Upstairs, an open-plan layout with a kitchen, living room and dining area takes up roughly three-quarters of the area while the remaining space is dedicated to the two interior gardens, bedroom and bathroom.

Casa CCFF is a domestic factory floating above an untouched garden. The house is built almost entirely in wood, pushing the structural capacities of this natural and sustainable material to its limits. The use of wood for the home also helps reduce the use of concrete to a bare minimum. By incorporating high insulation values and maximizing solar gain, a small heat pump allows the modern home to avoid the use of fossil fuels.

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