House Wessels

Tofo, Mozambique

This is also a totally off the grid. An interesting design challenge was integrating the PV panels into the traditional Mozambican that roof.

The walls were done as an insulated panel covered in ply sheathing, with reflective foil insulation to the outside. This is covered by timber cladding on battens creating an open cavity where warm air can rise up behind of the cladding and out of the wall. The client recently informed me that walking in to the house on a day of 30deg outside felt like walking into a cool air-conditioned space.

Published | Online  awe-inspiring thatched mozambique home is draped in solar panels

Published | Print Media 

Timber IQ Magazine Dec 2012  House Wessels