The Van Midden house is at the Lembas Organics farm at the Bridge of Muchalls, Stonehaven. It is a very low energy house due to high levels of insulation and the use of timber I beamsprefabricated timber beams with a web of OSBOriented Strand Board and softwood flanges. They are very light, efficient and regular to reduce thermal bridgingthis is a pathway where heat can easily escape (or get in) through some part of the structure. It is usually caused by some element of structure such as a steel lintel or wooden studwork. Also known as a cold bridge. see more on thermal bridging. The external rain screenthis is a (usually thin) outer cladding on a wall which prevents rain, snow, etc getting at the structure of the wall behind. see more on rain screen is Sitka spruce with an organic paint finish.
The central south facing glazing to the living area contributes to the passive solar design. One of the most interesting aspects of the building is the emphasis on affordability which has been achieved by the use of economic building materials which are often more associated with agricultural buildings. (Certainly in the UK – but this type of domestic design is quite common in much of Scandinavia).
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architect Gokay Deveci