Experimental Solar House
An innovative ‘Solar House’ built in memory of the Honourable Brenda Carter, a pioneer of solar energy research. The house combines the latest developments in passive solar energy with a modern interpretation of the classical tradition. Sixty percent of the south elevation is glazed, maximising natural sunlight. A central double height space is heated by direct sunlight, distributing warm air across the building. A portico with slender columns and lotus leaf capitals provides shade in the summer while allowing low sunlight to shine through in winter. Tall ventilation towers draw cool air into the building. The building’s environmental performance is closely monitored to add to the body of knowledge of passive solar heating in the UK.