Gallery: SOLAR DECATHLON 2007: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


One thing that you’ll immediately notice while walking around the solar decathlon event in Washington is how pretty much every house features a sloped roof of some sort. Some, tend to feature it less than others, by making it part of the buildings volume, or by building the roof out of lighter materials, thus disguising that throughout the building. On the other hand, you get entries like the one from the students at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where the students decided to make their roof a striking element in their design, and thus turning their entry into one of the most original houses in this years solar decathlon.

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  1. ArquiBio - Arquitectura... October 31, 2007 at 4:15 am

    […] Entre ellos está la propuesta española, de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, y que ha recibido el tercer premio en la competición de arquitectura además de un extenso artículo-análisis en Inhabitat. […]

  2. solarium October 23, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    i agree, fantastic use of sunlight – top notch!

  3. djfred October 22, 2007 at 10:23 am

    This years competition was by far my favorite and this was probably my favorite entry. It just felt more finished and like a HOME, whereas the others seemed more like really ambitious housing experiments. I loved the way light came cascading over the back wall and softly flooded the interior.

  4. Inhabitat » INHAB... October 19, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    […] Madrid’s colorful house employed a large exterior ‘living wall’ […]

  5. zooloo October 18, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    i agree totally, very beautiful prefab design!

  6. Maya Donelson October 18, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    I am fond of the renderings of the prototype. Which 3-D program did you use?

  7. Marilyn Terrell October 18, 2007 at 10:17 am

    The other amazing thing about all these houses is, according to the rules, they must generate enough electricity from the sun not only to heat the house and the water and run the appliances, but also to power an electric car as well.

    Saturday’s the last day to see them.

  8. Joyce October 18, 2007 at 8:29 am

    The concept of the living wall is a great one. An excellent example of one done to perfection is the one on the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. It is a piece of art.

  9. Scott October 17, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    This home was by far my favorite. I was able to walk through a handful and this one was quite stunning. I’d recommend walking through any of the homes, but this is a must see.

  10. Michael October 17, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Beautiful prefab design, kŷdos!

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