This organic design is inspired and shaped by the yellow hibiscus, and created to be economical in size, deliberate in functionality, and rousing in spirit. As a low impact, net zero energy, carbon neutral home, it lives lightly on the land beneath it, while catching and storing its own water, generating and storing its own electricity, and charging the vehicles that its residents use.
We believe it has a place in the 21st century housing market.
The five petals harvest rain water, storing it in ten translucent tubes in the middle of the building arranged as a shower room. The four leaves contain 24 bifacial photovoltaic panels that track the sun by pumping water, plus a vertical wind turbine and communication dish. Batteries store up to five days of power.
Prefabrication of the stainless steel components and the kitchen and bath modules allows for transport in a shippping container. On site, the building is framed and polycarbonate glazing finishes the petals. Local wood is used for the deck surfaces and exterior siding.
The decks, petals and wind turbine all fold for security should 100+ mph winds be present.
The thermal performance is designed to exceed the Passive House Institute standards.
Currently, plans are to build a prototype in Vermont, followed by one in a tropical climate.