Solar-Powered Canopy for an Urban Tower

Turns out the Rhône Alpes team from France with the Canopea house won Solar Decathlon Europe held in Madrid.  Their home is actually the top of a conceptual “Nanotower” that the team proposed to bring single-family style living back to the urban core.  The top level acts like a rain forest’s canopy — hence the name — by collecting 95% of all solar energy and 30% of rainwater for the tower.  Canopea was built of a prefab CORE, site-built SKIN, and a SHELL capable of off-site fabrication as well.

[+] More about Canopea from the Rhône Alpes (France) team.

Photo credits: SD Europe.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.weaver.547 Emily Weaver

    How much a sq ft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.weaver.547 Emily Weaver

    How much a sq ft.

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