The self-sufficient house of the eye of Horus

According to Egyptian mythology, Horus was a fierce warrior representative of good. He was the son of Osiris, the god of Air and Earth, and the goddess Isis. Osiris was killed by her brother Seth, representative of evil, to take the throne from him, but Seth did not know that Isis was pregnant, and had secretly hidden the heir to the throne in her womb.

Horus grew up in secret, until his time came to avenge his father’s death and reclaim the throne. In the hand-to-hand duel against Seth, Horus lost an eye, but the gods restored it to him by giving him that of a falcon, and they also returned him to the throne. In honor of his father, Horus offered the falcon’s eye as an offering and covered the wound with a sacred serpent.

Since then, the Eye of Horus, represented with the drawing that later became popular, was considered a sign of protection, and of what is complete and unperturbed.

The Spanish architect Luis de Garrido was inspired by this symbol to build an incredible sustainable house on Cleopatra Island, in Turkey.

The house is actually a hemispherical dome made largely of glass, which forms the iris of the eye and its pupil, and is surrounded by parks and paths that complete the design.

But more important than the great design that can be seen from the air, are the principles of sustainability with which this house is built.

Luis de Garrido is known as the “bioclimatic architect”, since he creates and builds houses like this one, which is ecological, completely self-sufficient in water and energy, and has a controlled microclimate under a spherical dome.

Without electric or gas heating or cooling, the eye, populated with floating gardens and plants inside and outside, and made of reflective materials that are hung and distributed throughout the dome, allows light to enter every day of the year, but in summer the heat is not suffocating.

In addition, the dome and its surroundings are equipped with photovoltaic panels that accumulate enough solar energy to sustain all the needs of the house and its inhabitants.

Also, “the eye” has its own water collection and treatment system, so that the house can be maintained with rainwater, but also that not a drop of it is wasted.

In this way, the enormous 25-room house is designed so as not to harm the environment that surrounds it, which is that of the paradisiacal island of Cleopatra, in Turkey, but preserving the comforts and luxuries of a true palace.

In the following diagram, you can see how the solar heating and ventilation system works, which generates a climate that is always mild and pleasant inside the house.

As expected, this mansion is not cheap at all. It was bought by a Russian billionaire, who gave it to his girlfriend, model Naomi Campbell.

However, it is an inspiring design and a reminder that there is no excuse not to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. We can live without luxuries and surely lead a fuller and happier existence than many, but at the same time, the comforts do not have to be synonymous with waste.