Gallery: SCI-Arc & Caltech’s Solar Decathlon CHIP House is a Crazy Insi...

CHIP’s boxy shape and slanted roof were designed to maximize solar collection. The unique outer insulation reminds us of a winter coat in appearance as well as in function - it keeps the inside protected from the elements while providing an uncomplicated waterproofing system. It also allows more living space in the interior than would be possible with insulated walls.

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  1. asj0655 October 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    It’s not INsulation . . . it’s OUTsulation!

  2. brendatucker September 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Insulation outside the home! That way there’s no mystery, no question, no oversight about “what’s in there.”

  3. d4cfan September 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I’m a 75 year old and I thought that regenerativehomes comments were off base. I could live in this environment.

    PS: Our state flag reads California Republic – no ulterior motive, just a bit of history.

  4. September 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Nice for a dorm project or student housing and we’ve seen similar designs for remote science stations with extreme weather conditions (not to mention amniotic chambers), but the students need to start thinking about providing for adults, growing families, and older adults who actually buy homes. They need to rethink the relationship of the homeowners with the exterior surroundings. Excellent job on the technology but somewhere they lost the heart and soul of architecture or that technology is often a bandaid for a poorly designed building. If this was a stand-alone exhibit or freshman project I would give it some slack and praise it for thinking outside the box. But its not. Passive design concepts should have been embraced. Most of the entries promote the message that living spaces need to connect with their neighborhoods. Hopefully the students will tour some of the other homes on exhibit and really study them, talk to some of their project members and connect with them online, and learn that real solutions need to consider how neighbors interact with their surrounding environment and their neighbors. The irony is that architecture is not about buildings. Buildings are nothing without people. It is always about the people. No matter how well the building relates to the surrounding environment and uses less resources, ultimately the solution demands how well the people relate to the environment.

  5. Diane Pham September 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    love the california flag above the door!

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