HOUS.E+
by Polifactory

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HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Shanghai architects Polifactory have developed a concept for a rammed earth house that generates energy from a lake on its roof.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Designed for a rural site in Vancouver, the self-sustaining HOUS.E+ would use turbines embedded in the walls to produce electricity from water being pumped through a system of pipes.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Additional electricity would come from photovoltaic panels on the rooftops of five blocks that rise above the water and any excess power could be fed back into the national grid.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Rooms would be set 2.5 metres below ground level, where they would be heated in winter and cooled in summer from an underground pump that uses the surrounding earth as a heat source or sink.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Two courtyards at this level would let daylight down onto the sunken floor, while more natural light would filter in through skylights.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Inhabitants would also be able to harvest their own food by cultivating an ecosystem of fish, seafood and plants beneath the surface of the water.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Polifactory developed the concept for a competition organised by The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia for a redesign of the typical regional house.

We also recently featured a self-sustaining house in rural China, which you can see here.

Here's some text from Polifactory:


Hous.E+ is designed to combine new and old techniques in order to create a not only a resourceful building regarding energy efficiency and sustainability but also well equipped to actively respond to future demands of smart grid systems where energy surplus is distributed and agriculture within the city is a reality.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Above: solar energy and geothermal heat exchange

Designed for a competition in Vancouver, called “100 Mile House”, this project is more than just a concept, but reality with a twist. Therefore, it is based upon existing smart technologies, but goes a step further on solutions that haven't been explored so far. In this house water is not only stored and re-used but also is part of a cycle that generates power throughout a series of wall embedded micro hydro-turbines. Unnecessary transportation of materials is avoid making a significant difference into the overall carbon foot print emission balance.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Above: hydropower

Hous.E+ is build upon a rammed earth wall technique that is unaffected by rain, fire or pests, plus it doesn't require any further finishing. The walls act like breathing structures, allowing air exchange without significant heat loss, working naturally as a thermal mass, storing heat in winter and rejecting in the summer, eliminating the need for air conditioning.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

Above: aquaponics healthy food growth

Hous.E+ is set to produce more energy than it consumes.

  • Rob

    Fail. Nice photos of the mountains though.

  • Kohl

    Dezeen, you owe us, your faithful readers, due diligence in quality control. This second-rate architectural nonsense makes your website look like a half-baked college newsletter.

  • Dunny

    The roof pond is an interesting idea, but surely it would take a lot of energy to stop it freezing during a Canadian winter.

  • Stavros Martinos

    Seriously. Rammed earth. Inside water. At 10m+ spans. Are you kidding me?