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Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Isolée Retreat Opens Like a Cupboard

Posted By Andrew Goodwin On March 6, 2013 @ 5:19 pm In Architecture,energy efficiency,Environment,Gallery,Green Building,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment

Tjep, Dutch, Self-sufficient, retreat, solar power, Isolee, cupboard, tree-like structure, solar panels, shutters, LED lighting, [1]

Isolée is a three-story structure designed on a concrete pier foundation [2] in order to limit its impact on the site. This creates a sense that the building is standing on feet, like an old stand-alone cupboard that you might find in your grandmother’s kitchen. The shuttered façade opens on hinges to expose the interior of the retreat to the surroundings. This mechanism would be linked electronically to a monitoring computer so that it would close if a storm or hazard was approaching.

The retreat is comprised of a system of sustainable features that ensure minimal fuel consumption and topped with a “solar tree” that sprouts from the roof like a flower, and rotates intelligently [3] to follow the path of the sun. This solar array provides the building’s electricity while a stove and heat pipe system covers heating. The wood-burning stove heats water that is then pumped through the walls.

Isolée’s aesthetic is playful and sleek, and Tjep is currently looking for financial partners to make this building a reality. Wouldn’t this be a great building to use as a destination on your next vacation?

+ Tjep [4]

Via Dezeen [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-self-sufficient-retreat-designed-by-amsterdam-based-tjep-resembles-cupboard/isolee-by-tjep/

[2] concrete pier foundation: http://inhabitat.com/make-it-rights-new-orleans-float-house-by-morphosis-to-gain-leed-platinum-certification/

[3] rotates intelligently: http://inhabitat.com/envision-plans-to-install-2300-rotating-solar-tree-car-shelters-in-south-carolina/

[4] + Tjep: http://www.tjep.com/

[5] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/03/01/isolee-self-sufficient-mobile-retreat-by-tjep/

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