Silo House was created by Cornell University for the Solar Decathlon competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The goal: “to design build and operate the most attractive effective and energy-efficient solar-powered house.”
We have always maintained that renovating or revamping an existing home is a far more difficult task than designing a brand new home. Creating a gorgeous and contemporary extension for a home located in an historic neighborhood is a far more demanding proposition.
Creating a modern residence that offers gorgeous views and maintains the delicate balance of the surrounding natural setting is indeed a hard task. Architect Quico Jorreto has successfully managed to accomplish this by conjuring up and bringing to life this amazing house overlooking Miño River in Galicia Spain. Surrounded by a beautiful green landscape the home utilizes the available landscape to perfection as it offers those inside with unabated views of the river terrain while providing a comfortable retreat.
But step inside and a whole new world unfolds in front of your eyes. Large glass doors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow the living area and the dining space to be visually connected with the patio at all times.
But don’t think it’s as simple as emptying the grain and moving in the furniture! Today’s featured abodes have been the product of thoughtful renovation. From connecting two silos to slicing them in half and using them as walls inside of another home a variety of techniques are employed in the creation of these dwellings. Check out the images that follow and see which silo could be the house of your dreams!
Rather than consisting of a silo converted into a home this next dwelling features silos that have been cleverly integrated into the architecture. In fact this amazing house by Hudson Architects is a converted 16th century Essex barn.
Would you ever live in an upcycled silo? This type of innovative living may not be for everyone. If you wouldn’t dwell in a silo would you stay the night in a silo hotel? Share your thought by leaving a comment below…