The world’s coolest high tech house?
The whole cabin on the second floor
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With the book backs against the wall
Cool luxury in Spanish hot
During the competition Solar Decathlon Europe, the house Fab Lab House went off with the first prize in the “People’s Prize” category, writes Freshome.
More than 20. 000 visited the most popular solar powered house, which was exhibited in Madrid.
The house raises interest among visitors, partly because of its exciting design.
Spanish prince Felipe says that the house looks like a boat, Fab Lab writes on its websites.
Others have compared the house with a peanut, a whale and a submarine.
More houses than techno
The team behind the house is amazed at the good price but also happy that the people seem to appreciate the house.
– This is a very important price for us, says Daniel Ibanes in the project team, in a press release.
– We wanted to create a human house. It should be a house to live in, more than a technological showroom.
The world’s most flexible solar panel
The architecture makes Fab Lab House stand out among the audience. But the techno-logical innovation is so sensational.
The house has advanced solar cell technology, and Fab Lab House is much more than a house with solar panel on the roof. Here, solar cell technology is baked into the whole.
The team behind the house says that these are the world’s most advanced solar panels.
“The house produces three times the energy it needs,” writes Freshome.
– Solar panels get the most out of the sun if they are oriented in relation to the sunbeds where the house is located. In Spain, the sun is high and then the solution to the Fablab house is appropriate. While in Norway, where the sun sets for much of the year, it is smart to place the solar panel on the wall, says architect Hege Maria Eriksson of the Norwegian Architectural Association (NAL) to Click. no.
– Fablab has so much solar panel that it probably produces far more than it uses, “she says.
The house uses resources from the environment around – sun, water and wind – to create an optimal indoor climate.
The architecture is thus governed by the purpose of the house, a sustainable, energy-neutral house where the form meets the energy requirements.
– The need for climate adaptation and energy efficiency makes unconventional architectural design more relevant. When we build for more extreme weather and climate conditions, such as wind, rainfall, temperature and sun conditions or ravage and flood hazard, it may be beneficial to build with other construction principles and shapes than what we know as ordinary houses, “says Eriksson..
– Compact houses are very good in an energy perspective: the smaller the outer surface of a house, the smaller the climate load.
The production method of the house is anchored in a structure made of materials that you can get wherever you live in the world.
The architects suggest that the house is made of prefabricated pieces of plywood.
Fab Lab House will be available globally, writing the team in an email to click. no. Do you have 45. 000 euros, the house with the world’s most advanced solar cell system can be yours.
Fab Lab Network – This way, the house became
Fablab House is produced as a collaboration initiated by the Department of Advanced Architecture in Catalonia (Spain). They are part of the Fab Lab network, which was started by the Center for bits and atoms at MIT (Massachusets Institute of Technology). The idea behind Fab Labs is to spread the possibility of innovations and inventions, and implementation of the production of the products. The idea is that digital production should be done in small scale, by anyone. Projects developed by fab labs include solar and wind turbines, wireless computer networks and prefabricated houses.
We also have a Fab Lab in Norway, in Lyngen.
But the house is probably nothing for Norwegian conditions.
– Building energy consumption depends on local climate conditions. This house looks like it was built for the conditions in Barcelona and has optimized energy efficiency for a climate that is far milder than the Norwegian. For example, it appears that the Fablab house is not isolated, and here in Norway we build for much larger temperature differences between inside and out. The principles of good natural ventilation, on the other hand, are the same, says architect Hege Marie Eriksson.
– Here in Norway, where heat loss in winter is a main theme, corners, curtains, sheets and developments are not sensible. There are few places in Norway veneer plates are suitable as an outerwear as in the Fablab house, but several types of wood panels can stand untreated in all weather.
Likewise, Eriksson thinks Fab Lab House is interesting as a project.
-We know that many Norwegian architects work with small, environmentally friendly and energy efficient cabins and houses for our relationships. And that similar projects in Spain, Japan or India look completely different, yet can inspire a new understanding of climate adaptation, resource use and life-raft perspective.
See how the Fab Lab house was built in this video.
Rooms under the house
The round shape of the house opens for maximum space utilization inside.
The house stands on three legs and below is space for activities to take place.
The feet are not just part of the structure, but contain technical equipment.
Fab Lab House will be displayed again in Barcelona until autumn 2010.
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