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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

by , 12/04/13


Chalmers University of Technology, Swedish architecture, HALO, solar panels roof, passive house, student accomodation, Architecture, nergy efficiency, Sustainable Materials, Solar Decathlon, Renewable Energy,

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away from the growing trend of social isolation. The interiors are made from local wood, following Scandinavian tradition, and some of the transforming furniture can be moved around to create more space.

Its curvy roof is made from monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells on acrylic covered with a high strength polymer. This was mounted on a thin waterproof polycarbonate membrane and shaped into a canopy with indoor and outdoor spaces. HALO took third place at China’s Solar Decathlon 2013 thanks to its outstanding technology and efficient use of resources.

+ Chalmers University of Technology

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

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6 Comments

  1. Gabriel February 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I like this design very much and would like a link with the designers. It would be nice to have them take a holiday in Jamaica and help us in the mountains to construct a lodge modeled on this design.

  2. Eva Pirri February 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Teddy Fredriksson!
    If you are intereseted in knowing more about our house HALO please contact us at info@halosweden.com
    Eva, Team Sweden

  3. Teddy Fredriksson January 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

    How much does it cost to produce?

  4. Lisa Galocy December 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Very interesting concept and WOW design. How many bedrooms and what are their size? Where are they in the scheme of the design? I’d love to see a blueprint.
    My first purchase was a S. FLA duplex, 750 SF each side. I fell for its 1950s bungalow design (bamboo room divider, deep knick knack shelves, large yellow kitchen tile) and its lingering Deco details (rounded plaster wall in LR). With small scaled furniture I had plenty of room, a large LR and BR, dinette area just outside a rather roomy kitchen, small 50s bath, great private yard in a heavily populated area. PS Why can’t we post through LinkedIn?

  5. Lois Neway December 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    This is a very well built and thought out solar home..

  6. Eva Pirri December 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    For any information, interview, consultancy or new design challenges please contact us and visit our website http://www.halosweden.com

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