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.”
The presence of a well-placed glass window in every single room allows for ample ventilation while also keeping those inside visually bonded with the fresh and green surroundings. In some rooms multiple giant glass windows have been employed to increase this connectivity. Large and flowing interiors seem even more spacious as one single tone of white has been used throughout.
This home was cleverly created by Laird Herbert. We love how the exterior of the house combines metal and FSC tongue and groove cedar. FYI–the interior walls of the home are crafted from birch plywood and drywall.
Below we see a “before” shot of the silo. It’s hard to believe it would soon become an upscale lodging destination! This unit can accommodate up to two adults and two children:
With a tagline like “affordable by design” it’s hard not to be curious about ma Modular homes. The company’s mission: to make modern design accessible. In fact their modular homes are half the price of other modular homes on the market! These green homes arrive in 180 days. Not a bad turnaround time right? The price starts at $140 per square foot.
The semi-buried unit employs large floor-to-ceiling glass windows on one of the sides to ensure there is ample natural ventilation while the reflection pool on the roof helps regulate the temperature inside without too much reliance on artificial heating systems.
In fact the homes on wheels featured in today’s post are not grand in scale. They’re not over-the-top in terms of style. And they’re anything but fancy inside. But here’s the appeal: they are cleverly designed to maximize space. And there’s something special about a dwelling that can be easily transported opening a world of possibilities…