bamboo house at solar decathlon
jun 23, 2010
bamboo house at solar decathlon


bamboo house by tongji university at the solar decathlon europe in madrid, spain
image courtesy of design training

the chinese team from tongji university has designed and built ‘bamboo
house’ (aka sunshine inn)
as their official entry into the firsteuropean solar decathlon in madrid. made primarily out of bamboo,
the house minimizes CO2 emission
levels throughout the whole production phase. the raw material
is also locally cultivated and has a very short and efficient renewable
cycle of 5 years.

the house features two curved roofs and a solar-facing wall which are
clad with photovoltaic
panels that can generate enough energy to
sustain the house, and potentially sell back to the grid.
another
highlight of the 75 m2 house is the innovative interior wall covering, which
utilizes phase
change materials (such as those used in heat packs) to
heat and cool the house.


exterior view of completed bamboo house
image courtesy of design training


detail of PV panels
image courtesy of design training


‘bamboo house’ at the villa solar
image courtesy of design training


exterior
image courtesy of design training


facade and structure
image courtesy of design training


window detail
image courtesy of design training


exterior
image courtesy of design training


rendering of the entrance and the bamboo treatment
image courtesy of tongji university


rendering of the exterior PV wall
image courtesy of tongji university


rendering of outdoor space and garden
image courtesy of tongji university

in order to build the house quickly on site, the team pre-fabricated
the majority of the house
and prepared the material before shipping to
madrid. here are some construction images
from the villa solar and the pre-build stage:



construction phase at the villa solar
image courtesy of javier alonso huerta


image courtesy of javier alonso huerta


pre-build
image courtesy of tongji university


preparation of the bamboo sticks
image courtesy of tongji university


prefab wall segments
image courtesy of tongji university


image courtesy of tongji university

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