Gallery: Sun-Powered Bambu House Sprouts at Solar Decathlon Europe


Tonji University Shanghai’s Bambu House at the European Solar Decathlon is a beautiful sun-powered abode inspired by nature. It has two elegant sloping roofs and is almost entirely constructed from bamboo. Its impressive solar array generates 9 kilowatts of electricity which powers its one bedroom, one living room layout. We love how the house combines traditional Chinese architecture with state of the art technology — it has temperature and humidity control systems, high-level thermal insulation systems, and a bamboo enclosed garden.

Tonji University’s team has 20 members and is composed of doctors, postgraduates, and undergraduate students who range across many disciplines — from architecture and urban planning to energy development. They hope that their solar-powered house can help promote their forward-thinking ideas about renewable energy use in residential urban areas. The team has spent six months designing and constructing the house from scratch and they are hoping their hard work will pay off. Structurally, the house is strongly influenced by traditional Chinese architecture but with a tinge of the efficient look of contemporary architecture.

The Solar Decathlon Europe kicked off with a bang today and Inhabitat is on the scene to provide a first peek at the amazing sun-powered architecture on display. The European Solar Decathlon is the sister of the US Solar Decthalon — which we covered in Washington DC this past October — and was organized in a partnership between Government of Spain’s Ministry of Housing and the United States Government. The decathlon is taking place all through next week in Madrid, so stay tuned to Inhabitat as we bring you a front seat view of all the action!

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  4. davidwayneosedach June 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I can see myself in this house in Madrid. Out on the front porch with a glass of Sangria!

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  6. lucianiart June 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    INHABITAT’S phrase “design will save the world” is what captured my attention two years ago to sign up for its newsletter. Today’s photos about the “sun-powered bamboo house” by Tonji University Shanghai are gorgeous, and present a learning
    moment! I wish to study it more, be inside one and see how to add to it- in the way of a cold storage, root cellar room underground. Around the bamboo house, above ground add a vegetable and flower garden, apple trees, outside tea room, solar well-pump, a house for honey bees. An outside/under-the-porch-washroom for vegetables with an area for food processing would be another feature I’d envision incorporating. For an artist’s studio area I’d make use of a Northern facing skylight immediately above the table or easel area. I wish to be in touch with the design team at Tonji University Shanghi, if they would like to do the same, I can be reached at
    I hope that my comments help bring many good things to everyone! It would be great to win an i pad and bamboo case from Inhabitat’s contest! Audiobooks are my favorite, and I listen to them in several languages.
    My best,
    Stefania at SLB Art Studio
    Pennsylvania, USA

    With regard to the above comment by Bander: Why did Bander say “it would be better for the environment in aluminum instead? I heard that making aluminum
    wastes water; however, I don’t know about the process of aluminum recycling.

  7. bandar June 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    it would be better for the environment if these houses were made of aluminum instaed.

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