HALO: An Environmentally Friendly Solar House

HALO is a concept house designed by a group of Swedish students from Chalmers University. It is a group of Swedish students from Chalmers University. Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. Its curvy roof is made from monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells on acrylic covered with a high strength polymer. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away from the growing trend of social isolation. HALO can accommodate 4 people who bedroom located at the both ends of the house. The middle part is the shared technical area – kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. Based on the notion that a shared house should have double the amount of communal space than usual, shared study area and dinning area are located at the large semicircle area.

HALO: An Environmentally Friendly Solar House
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Student Flat: 10 Square Meter Student Living Unit

If you have the same bad impression of messy and crowded dormitory, you might want to take a look at this cool student flat. Designed by Tengbom Architects, this flat is affordable, environmental-friendly and smart both in terms of design and choice of materials. Collaboration with students at the University of Lund, Tengbom Architects successfully build this truly compact-living flat still offers a comfortable sleeping-loft, kitchen, bathroom and a small garden with a patio within 10 Sqm , reducing the current requirements of 25 sqm by 60% through legal consent. Through an efficient layout and the use of cross laminated wood as a construction material the rent is reduced by 50 % and the ecological impact and carbon footprints is also significantly reduced. It looks like a pretty cool design.

Student Flat: 10 Square Meter Student Living Unit
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