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.
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.