Vicino House: A Sustainable Lifestyle and Luxury Design
Vicino’s house rests on the cliffs of Santa Monica Bay (California, USA), and offers an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean. But the view is not the only thing of value. This house is awarded a platinum LEED certification and lives in harmony with nature.
All electricity generates with 28 solar panels of 5.2kW power installed on the roof, and 2 solar collectors heat about 70% of the water consumed.
Vicino House combines 2 goals: a sustainable lifestyle and luxury design. Michael Gottlieb, the owner of the house, explains that the project team worked well to provide green systems and products, not only to achieve the desired energy efficiency, but also a higher level of sophistication and elegance of the home.
To this end, the house has large glass doors that can be opened, FSC certified wood floors, 100% recycled glass panels, recycled concrete flooring elements, LED lighting, bio-slip wall mortar, underfloor heating, Energy Star devices, toilets And low-flow water tapes.
It is also invested heavily in the exterior. Plants are planted that are 100% resistant to drought and grass that need a little watering. A highly efficient irrigation system with climatic sensors reduces water consumption, and there is a wastewater treatment system. Continuous erosion control is carried out because the house is located on the slip.
The house is well insulated with cellulose spray-foam. Paints, varnishes, and adhesives with or without VOCs are used.
The best thing about Vicino’s house is not the view of the ocean, nor the vastness and luxury design, but the fact that it was built to provide its residents with all the ecological benefits and a healthy lifestyle.