This home is a reflection of tidy and efficient living. From the floors imported from Holland to the striking Italian tile encasing the soothing wood fireplace, one quickly identifies the distinct European touches. The meticulous kitchen and minimalist bedrooms denote a sense of ease to the home while the lower level benefits from plenty of natural sunlight, where children’s playgrounds and a homey crafts room keep remnants of the family’s rich history alive and on display.
The Ai Weiwei-inspired home is net zero, meaning its 98 rooftop solar panels enable the home to capture all of the energy needed to heat and operate it via the sun’s energy from its southern exposure, maximizing on passive solar energy. An ancient Egyptian method, this design allows for the sun’s energy to be collected, used and stored at its peak efficiency depending upon the summer or winter solstice.