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Students from the Technical University of Denmark designed the home for two by combining passive and active technological solutions. The building’s thermal envelope shelters only the necessary area and leaves as much space as possible for the occupants to use during most of the year. The outer layer, named the “weather shield,” protects the building and the indoor garden from rain and thunderstorms and enables year-round use of this in-between area.

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The weathershield also provides structural support for photovoltaic panels, arranged in a pattern meant to provide the necessary shading to the house. The openings in the weather shield ensure good natural ventilation inside the space, and the skylight enables enough daylight to enter the thermal envelope.


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Images by Kenneth Sørensen