Villa Sera

Lead Designer
Prize(s)3rd Place 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.


HAKAN GURSU was born on 1959 in Istanbul. He graduated from Middle East Technical University as first rank student in 1987. He took his master’s degree from Department of Architecture in 1988. Gursu, continued his project studies at Japan in 1991 and completed his Ph.D studies in 1996. He worked as consultant on interior architecture and city planning in Moscow and Tokyo.
He contributed in the design of registered product design in the context of university and industry collaboration. Still he is going on his duites as an instructor in the Department of Industrial Design in METU and Designnobis.