We love it when a Solar Decathlon entry evolves from a concept and prototype into an actual, functioning building that is put to good use; that is exactly what is going to happen with City College of New York's 2011 entry to the Department of Energy-sponsored collegiate design competition - Solar Roofpod. Specifically crafted in response to the 1.6 billion feet of unused rooftop space crowning New York City's iconic skyline, this solar-powered micro-dwelling will be installed next to rooftop gardens and a windmill in early summer 2013.
At just 750 square feet, the Solar Roofpod is a compact design that still manages to provide all of the functions expected of a contemporary home and some. It captures rainwater for reuse and generates enough energy not only for itself, but even for the building upon which it rests. But until now, the Solar Decathlon project hasn’t had a permanent base.
CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture announced plans to welcome the student-designed project home and give it some company: some rooftop gardens and a windmill that will help the rooftop solar panels generate energy. The small building will double as a meeting space and an educational tool for future designers, who can study the project’s numerous eco-friendly attributes. Welcome home!
Via A/N Blog