Power to the People’s seven solar-powered row houses are set on the end of two dead-end streets that run east to west. The architects connected the two streets with a gravel road, a move that they describe as “the most important decision” they made since it increased walkability to and visibility of the adjoining neighborhood streets and forest trailheads. Passive solar principles and a desire to maximize views of the park to the west informed the row homes’ gabled form.
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Each home is equipped with 20 solar panels—the maximum number of solar panels allowed by the municipality—installed on the south-facing roofs. The minimalist and modern interior matches the facade and is injected with a bit of “elegant industrialism.” Power to the People’s prefab units successfully sold out within two weeks of being put on the market in 2015.
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