Sunday, February 12, 2012

Solar decathlon: Astonyshine Solar House

[] - Students from france's école nationale supérieure d’architecture paris-malaquais and école des ponts paristech joined forces with italy's polytechnic of bari and university of ferrara to produce 'astonyshine', a prototypical house for the solar decathlon europe taking place in madrid, spain in september of 2012. exploring the classical aesthetic of stone masonry, this home reintroduces the historic building material for its low technology thermal qualities. when quarried within 1000 kilometers from the site, benefits include its minimal toxicity risk, ability for downcycling and recylcing as well as reduced air and water pollution during construction. perfect for warm climates, thick perimeter walls will still provide proper insulation while self-ventilating as it is more permeable than concrete.

A modern design interpretation for a typically limiting material, the structure is comprised of lower level living and dining area and a loft for convertible bedroom. the ground floor is bound with a glass facade to overlook a small courtyard. the roof is an upgrade of a reinforced stone arch design introduced by french architect viollet-le-duc, instead interweaving stones to mimic timbers in a reciprocal frame to reduce the forces from horizontal thrust. the curved surface is ideal for lighting and acoustics. a concentrated energy system which hybrids photovoltaics and thermal energy sources will power the dwelling.

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