With a dynamic duo like SCI_arc and Caltech working together, we’re certain to see something astounding. Their CH:IP house (Compact House:Increasing Possibility) is enveloped in a heavily insulated quilt which takes inspiration from an astronaut’s suit.
Why we like it: High-tech and heavily engineered, the CH:IP house is at the cross-section of space travel and sustainable building.
Our guess for the humanitarian award though goes to the Empowerhouse by Parsons The New School for Design, the Milano School, and Stevens Institute of Technology. The prefab home features a great contemporary design and all the best strategies for energy efficiency. Plus it will be merged with another house in DC’s Deanwood neighborhood to serve as housing for two lucky families.
Why we like it: Going above and beyond, the Empowerhouse is more than just a student project, as it will provide a low maintenance and low energy home for two families.