The Bones of the Home
A quick glance at Bridge House’s exterior may tell you that Brunn was highly influenced by his childhood in Tel Aviv, a city known for its concentration of Bauhaus-style buildings and architecture. The influence of his upbringing goes much further however, beyond just the facade of the exterior architecture. The home is impressive in terms of the number of thoughtful, eco-friendly features. It was important to Brunn that Bridge House was built to zero net energy standards, meaning the home’s total amount of energy used on an annual basis needed to be equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Brunn achieved this through a combination of meticulous installations while also making the most of the home’s natural surroundings including the land, water, and sun.
On the outside, a solar panel system was installed on the roof and the placement of the windows face north, which allows less heat gain in the home while still letting in a lot of light. The windows themselves are made of special aluminum and dual-pane low-E glass. Bone Structure which was also implemented in the formation of the home, is a unique steel structural system that uses nearly 90% recycled material and produces minimal waste on a building site. Architect Dan Brunn designed his home directly over the Brook of the Gardens.