solar decathlon: fab lab house
 
solar decathlon: fab lab house
jun 17, 2010

solar decathlon: fab lab house

fab lab house model all images courtesy of IAAC

following the success of the U.S. solar decathlon, the government of spain’s ministry of housing and the department of energy of the USA have teamed up to host europe’s first solar decathlon in madrid. with the objective of achieving the cheapest solar home in the world, the institute for advanced architecture of catalonia (IAAC) has designed and fabricated the ‘fab lab house’ as their official entry into the competition. the 75 m2 house is suitable for a family of 4 and the use of light wood as its main structural component makes it possible to assemble the house in fifteen days.

solar decathlon: fab lab house fab lab house model

solar decathlon: fab lab house fab lab house model

solar decathlon: fab lab house

solar decathlon: fab lab house model

IAAC’s vision from the start was to achieve a new model of industrialization rather than simply resorting to mass standardization. by utilizing new production techniques and the latest in digital machines, IAAC saw each product being unique and adaptable to a specific set of issues. in the case of the ‘fab lab house’, climatic conditions were considered in the shape and structure of its design. by working with models and climatic data, a paraboloid form was shaped and distorted to achieve an optimal orientation for summer in various cities around the world. the shape also allowed for a large volume while minimizing on the external surface area. the dwelling is elevated off the ground on three legs, allowing for natural ventilation as well as a space for outdoor activities.

solar decathlon: fab lab house assembling the fab lab house

solar decathlon: fab lab house

solar decathlon: fab lab house image courtesy of el contexto

solar decathlon: fab lab house image courtesy of el contexto

solar decathlon: fab lab house image courtesy of el contexto

solar decathlon: fab lab house

solar decathlon: fab lab house

the wooden components are laser cut from 1220x1440mm plywood sheets and transported to the site to be assembled.solar decathlon: fab lab house fab lab house

solar decathlon: fab lab house prototypes diagram

solar decathlon: fab lab house

solar decathlon: fab lab house paraboloid prototype model variations

solar decathlon: fab lab house roof plan

solar decathlon: fab lab house floor plan

solar decathlon: fab lab house ground plan

solar decathlon: fab lab house longitudinal section

solar decathlon: fab lab house transverse section

solar decathlon: fab lab house assembly diagram

the finished house can be viewed at the villa solar in madrid until the 27th of june.

  • Fabulous! Congrats to the designers and builders d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • I like this studies! You are taking the solar movement, and the differents countries! Go ahead!

    Giovanni Barrantes says:
  • I love the idea of using the site specific paraboloids but that seems to use an enormous amount of material to create a bedsit space.

    copernicus says:
  • es en Madrid no en Barcelona

    gema says:
  • Its located in MADRID… not Barcelona

    l3utterfish says:
  • The last sentence is wrong. It is in Madrid, not in Barcelona

    Oiza says:
  • thanks for the correction!
    changes have been made accordingly.

    erica / designboom says:
  • Great solar studies!!!

    Jorge Sosa says:
  • niiice idea but why on land.these units could rather be grouped together and they might float in water. imgine a floating city.. .just like cruise but cheaper, affordable and fun!!!!!!!!!

    abhilasha says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
503,296 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine