The Sail House: the sailboat which inspires the design of a Californian villa
The Sail House: the sailboat which inspires the design of a Californian villa

The Sail House, designed by award-winning sustainable architect David Hertz, is completely inspired by the nautical context, from which it takes its name: the reference to the wooden boat with masts and sails make this project unique in its kind

Sail House is a set of structures, which gives life to a residence and several guesthouses. David Herz's main inspiration was the wooden boat with its masts and sails. Given the difficulty of building on site, the buildings were prefabricated, packed into 15 cointenders and shipped, maximizing efficiency and minimizing as much as possible the waste

The Sail House: the sailboat which inspires the design of a Californian villa

The prefabricated structure rests on a concrete box which serves as a cistern to collect water. The aluminum beams can be moved cantilevered from the base, with very little impact on the jungle: the sustainability was one of the main goals of the Sail House project

The Sail House: the sailboat which inspires the design of a Californian villa

Sustainable features include the rainwater harvesting, recycled wood, passive ventilation and photovoltaic panels. The project generates its own electricity, collects its own water, and provides a true indoor/outdoor balance that supports the local micro-climate. Tensile roof membranes provide deep shade and large overhangs from the equatorial sun, which cannot be obtained from a typical hard roof

The Sail House: the sailboat which inspires the design of a Californian villa

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