Photos © Jose Francisco Reyes for Inhabitat
City College of New York’s Solar Roofpod has had a long and storied life as a sustainable building project, and is finally becoming a permanent fixture on the Spitzer School of Architecture’s roof. The CUNY school announced its plans to relocate its solar-powered pod last January, but today it’s finally being hoisted up to the roof of the Spitzer School. The structure is being raised in three sections throughout the day and if you hurry, you can see it all happen at 141 Convent Avenue.
CCNY originally created the Solar Roofpod as their entry into the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The solar-powered micro dwelling measures 750 square feet and along with providing enough space for a city dweller to live in, can produce its own electricity and hot water with its solar-powered roof. The photovoltaic panels atop the small penthouse building are also pitched to help it catch rainwater, making the building even more eco-friendly.
If you want to catch a peek at the building, construction crews will be working to raise it upwards for at least half the day at 141 Convent Ave. Construction workers will first hoist up the north module at 9 a.m. and will then move the south module at 10:30 a.m. Finally, the solar frame will be brought up at 12 p.m. noon. Once in place, the Solar Roofpod will be reused as a hub and learning lab for sustainability projects.
Images © Jose Francisco Reyes