Philippe Starck is spawning a new era of super green homes. The French designer teamed up with Riko, a European manufacturer of prefab wooden buildings, to build his latest wind and solar-powered home. The glass and aluminum-clad prototype is part of the collection of residences called PATH (Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes) and produces up to 50 percent more energy than it consumes.
The two-story house is one of the four different types of homes designed to consume much less energy than traditional dwellings. This made-to-order-type home is located just outside of Paris and will soon become Starck’s own residence. The artist also designed a customizable furniture brand and a smartphone-controlled thermostat.
Prefab technology is combined with photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and rainwater harvesting systems that can be added to the basic model of the house. The aluminum cladding is combined with glass surfaces, but these homes can also be ordered with wooden facades. Designed as single and two-story homes, PATH structures vary in size-from 140 to 250 square meters. Starck’s home features a curved cornice that hides the eco-technology systems and produces 50 percent more energy than it consumes.