A team of students from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts / School of Engineering and Architecture have come up with an innovative and sustainable modular design vision for their city located in the north-central area of the country. Team Lucerne's "smart sharing" prototype currently in competition at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 in Versailles, France, contains three rooms connected via a shared space—a room for guests and shared activities; a room for cooking, dining and other semi-public activities; and a private room for sleeping and washing.
The protoype was constructed with wooden materials and was built for maximum flexibility. The building is designed to produce a positive amount of energy that could be used to share energy as part of a smart grid in its Lucerne neighborhood. Excess energy is stored in batteries, and could be used to power up electric bikes for sustainable transportation. The e-bike could also be used as a stationary bike for exercise, putting the energy produced back into the battery.
Passive measures are provided via the shared space with solar irradiation in winter and natural ventilation in summer. Active measures include rooftop solar photovoltaic modules, thermal solar collectors, a system that stores and reuses rainwater and decentralized ventilation units.
On their website, the team describes their vision as “the concept of co-operative, which is firmly anchored in Switzerland for decades and focuses on the principle of mutual benefit.”
Images via Team Lucerne