City College New York blew us away with their design for a solar-powered house specifically for rooftops. The house makes use of lightweight and environmentally friendly materials, and even includes space for an outdoor garden.
Why we like it: Representing the urban market, the Solar Roofpod House is certain to make waves in the city – a place that has been largely under-represented in this competition until now.
Inspired by the traditional Kiwi bach, the FirstLight House by the Victoria University of Wellington is the first entry in the competition from the southern hemisphere. A dynamic design is coupled with local materials from New Zealand (including eco wool insulation!) and natural daylight is ample within.
Why we like it: Team New Zealand’s home is sure to be a real crowd pleaser, and we’ll be happy to get a first hand taste of Kiwi design and materials. We just hope they remembered to design it for the Northern Hemisphere!