Virginia Tech’s model home combines sustainability, comfort and responsive architecture.

Like many of us, George Jetson is not a morning person.  However, his daily struggle is eased every morning by an automatic shower that soaps him up, brushes his teeth, and dresses him in seconds, all before he has fully opened his eyes.  Although that may have seemed like pure fantasy in the 1960s, with Virginia Tech’s LUMENHAUS design, such a home of the future is becoming a reality.

As the winner of the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe, LUMENHAUS represents the cutting edge of responsive architecture. Inspired by Mies Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, Virginia Tech’s design shares the emphasis on open-air planning to allow maximum exposure to natural daylight.  Independent sliding walls help to filter light and regulate house temperature, while a weather station on the roof provides weather updates that enable the house to run as efficiently as possible.

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