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Villa Sera

Lead Designers
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / Conceptual
Entry Description

There's an increasing awareness on the environmental problems facing our planet and eventually our everyday lives. The individual efforts to reduce the carbon footprint to conserve the resources may seem ineffective to many people, but the minor changes we make in our micro-cosm is a valuable contribution to the macro-cosm of our planet as a whole.
Villa Sera aims to set up a valuable micro-cosm using the natural sources effectively and develop an understanding that the individual efforts have a valuable impact on our planet earth.
Villa Sera uses solar energy with photovoltaics to produce electricity and power tube solar collectors to heat water. Ground source heat pump is used for low temperature floor heating system.
The pond is for breaking down grey water via photosynthesis to water the plants. Rainwater is collected from the roofs via rain harvester system. The water consumption is reduced by using water efficient WCs & composting toilets, aerated low flow spray taps and shower heads. Low energy appliances and compact fluorescent light bulbs are used.
The Greenhouse is a Sunspace designed to gain passive solar energy and also as a high tech greenhouse for food production. The distribution of heat from the sunspace is accomplished through ceiling and floor level vents, windows, doors and fans. There are shutters for ventilation on the roof of the green house under the photovoltaic panels to regulate the heat in the greenhouse. By the perfect conditions provided, the food production in high tech greenhouse increases the bio diversity allowing to plant trees and plants. There’s also another green house located on the garage providing more space for local food production.
The flexible floor plans of villa sera give a provision for high quality of space, beauty and light with inbuilt flexibility to adapt to changing user requirements.


Awarded Designer Assoc.Prof.Dr.Hakan Gürsu has succeeded as an extraordinary illustrator, designer and intellectual internationally. He’s been honored in the world’s prestigious design competitions by winning over 210 design awards within 14 years. He contributed to several national and international organizations as a speaker on innovation, creative thinking, design, and R&D. Ranging from boats, toys, and furniture to electrical devices, his environmentally friendly and visionary projects are introducing unusual solutions to common problems. He continues to train design students at METU.