Gallery: Beautiful Solar-Powered Y-House Perches on Stilts Overlooking ...

A bare, seaside landscape may be beautiful to look at, but it also creates several challenges for architects interested in building an energy-efficient home. Plus Arquitectura couldn't rely on trees or even dunes to block the sun or the wind from entering their Y-house, so they created an interesting Y-shaped roof instead. Shaped this way, the roof not only cantilevers over the base of the house in order to provide shade for its residents, but also facilitates the easy installation of energy-generating solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system. Meanwhile, high performance windows placed strategically permit daylighting without excess radiation. The result is a rustic pine-clad home dotted with round portals of light that ensure constant views of the nearby Tunquén beach in Chile.

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1 Comment

  1. johnbshannon October 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Well, I love the idea!

    The inside is beautiful. Those randomly-placed circular windows do nothing for me, though.

    The ‘stilts’ idea is intriguing.


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