Gallery: Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Co...

Architect Ruez Larrea appears to take a page from Le Corbusier’s famous Unité d'Habitation with his Solar Chamber. But unlike the precedent with its stoic and monolithic construction, Larrea gives the building an update with a dramatic swoop to follow the sun, and endless screens to block harsh glares when temperatures rise. The newly completed housing unit in Spain is so well patterned for the environment that it can naturally heat and cool most days of the year passively. The resulting reduction in carbon output is estimated to be upwards of 87%, and the achievement is the result of tried and true materials and design techniques focused on limiting costs for the low-income families that will occupy the units. A sophisticated earthen cooling tunnel, natural breezes and a green roof all work together to create a comfortable living environment.

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