Gallery: Team Rhône-Alpes’ Modular Canopea House Wins the Architecture ...

The team huddles upstairs

Both vertical and horizontal stacks of Canopea homes can produce nanotowers that respond to the dearth of urban space in France. Each level is a fairly spacious, complete home, and only the very top is crowned with the louvered canopy of solar-panels. In this setting, the PV array won’t generate enough energy for an entire column, but it will get close, and the program’s overall energy efficiency will reduce how much power is necessary.

Organized by a smart grid that oversees heating, cooling, mobility, services and social networks, the nanotowers are designed to become completely integrated in the city. Gardens, storage boxes and a recycling system help to keep the focus on the environment and sustainability, while an outdoor terrace helps to expand the interior space. Team Rhône-Alpes has been on task every step of the way, but the competition is steep. Stay tuned as we continue to report live from the Villa Solar in Madrid.

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1 Comment

  1. marcom September 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Hello Inhabitat

    My name is Marco Antonio Murillo, I live in New Westminster, British Columbia. The contest winners came up with a great design, I myself have been working on a busiess model named Ecotecture, which I got to discuss twice with Dickson Despommier, the author of the book “The Vertical Farm”.

    I’d like to get in touch with the Canopea House Team. As a Canadian citizen and resident of British Columbia, I have the vision that the concept adapts well to our rocky mountains, an environment very similar to the Rhône-Alpes in France. Moreover, I’d like to invite the team to join me launching Ecotecture.

    Could you send me a reply with the contact information (or your suggestions), and a brief description of how do the Canopea House Team plans to implement the concept outside France? I am open to be a partner and to correspond to any inquires about our region.

    Thank you
    Marco A. Murillo
    British Columbia

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