Don’t let its moniker mislead you – inside the Darkshadow House, it’s bright and airy. Around every corner are architectural “reveals”- from the floating open-rise stairs to the ventilation shaft that runs up the north wall. But the greatest reveal is that, though the house was designed for energy efficiency, there are no obvious signs of it.
“Sustainability is not about technology or mechanical features that can be purchased from a shopping list, but rather an integrated process of design,” explains Paul Syme, the lead architect. Working with 3rd Uncle Design, Syme used principles of passive technologies to renovate and add to the 1939 home, relying on natural processes in addition to technology.