Competition is heating up as the Solar Decathlon Europe draws closer, and we're continuing our complete coverage of the event with Odooproject - a solar-powered prefab home with a ceiling-integrated water cooling system. A team of 50 talented architects and engineers from Hungary created this compact home, which is modeled after Hungarian folk architecture and strives to strike harmony with nature all year round.
Photovoltaic panels are integrated into the building’s facade and rooftop and passive design was executed so well that during the winter, it will be unnecessary to use the air-to-water heat pump that provides the home’s heating. In summer, the family will congregate in a separate northern section of the house that has a double facade, while spring and autumn are best spent in an airy central courtyard.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this forward-thinking design is the water cooling system, wherein water circulates through ceiling-integrated pipes and then sprinkles over the rooftop solar panels at night in order to cool off! The dark functional facade conceals a light and breezy interior that will ensures maximum comfort – no matter the season! Give it up for Team Hungary from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)!