Ambulance station built from renewable materials has a nearly energy-neutral footprint

October 11, 2016 by  
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Located on the outskirts of Zeist near the edge of the forest, the 550-square-meter ambulance station is tucked away out of sight from the hospital. Though the building has no public function and will never be seen by patients, the structure has a sculptural form that’s both beautiful and functional. Vertical strips of light-colored untreated timber clad the facade and help the single-story ambulance station blend into the forest. Plants crawl up the sides of the sloping walls to the curved roof topped with sedum and solar panels . The wooden trusses that support the roof can be seen in the light-filled interior. Related: Beautiful brick ambulance station in the UK renovated as a cozy vacation home “Wood has many advantages as a bio-based and healthy building material,” wrote Architectenforum. “We opted for a laminated timber construction. The timber-frame facades, the siding and the window frames are also made in wood.” A highly insulated envelope helps the building achieve nearly energy neutral status. An all-electric system provides the heating and cooling and is supported by a heat pump and a solar water heater . + Architectenforum Images via Architectenforum , by Stijn Poelstra

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Ambulance station built from renewable materials has a nearly energy-neutral footprint

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