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San Francisco’s Solar “Mission: House” is a High-Tech Marvel

Posted By Mike Chino On September 15, 2010 @ 8:14 pm In Architecture,Green Building,San Francisco | 1 Comment

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Designed as a test lab for innovative building strategies, the Mission: House showcases a wide range of experimental materials [2], systems, and construction techniques. The home’s entrance is emblazoned with a “greenskin” made up of recycled glazed windows [3] assembled together into a multifaceted façade. The units were sourced from local reclamation yards and are layered to create striking visual effect.

The rear of the building is capped with a two-story translucent facade made of thermal plastics similar to those used in greenhouses. Although the translucent polycarbonate panels offer little insulation value, their south-facing orientation mitigates this heat loss while providing tons of daylighting [4] throughout the day.

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The interior of the home features a large multipurpose creative space that can serve equally well as an office, gallery, or play room. A series of sliding walls [6] provide clean and uncluttered storage space, while colorful magnetized cabinets [7] offer a fun multifunctional surface for work and play. A bamboo garden [8] in the back yard provides a place for rainwater runoff to infiltrate, and a spiraling staircase leads up to the living room.

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The home’s bathroom [10] is a marvel in and of itself – the cool blue space contains an airy chamber that is completely open to the sky. When the weather turns foul, a mechanical roof section [11] slides into place to create an enclosed skylit space.

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A rooftop garden planted with tomatoes and herbs tops off the house, while a massive 4kW south-facing solar array soaks up the sun’s rays. The home’s architect and owner Andrew Dunbar told me that the project regularly feeds energy back into the grid – no doubt thanks to its luminous daylit design and efficient green building strategies.

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+ AIA SF Home Tours [13]

All photos by Mike Chino, © Inhabitat


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/missionhouse-comp03.jpg

[2] materials: http://inhabitat.com/materials/

[3] recycled glazed windows: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/01/recycled-windshield-greenhouse-grows-more-glass/

[4] daylighting: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/missionhouse-ed11.jpg

[6] series of sliding walls: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=161103

[7] magnetized cabinets: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=161109

[8] bamboo garden: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=161095

[9] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/missionhouse-comp02.jpg

[10] bathroom: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=161102

[11] mechanical roof section: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=161098

[12] + Interstice Architects: http://www.intersticearchitects.com/

[13] + AIA SF Home Tours: http://www.aiasf.org/Programs/Public_Programs/Home_Tours/Fall_HT.htm

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