Jun
27
2010

Light enhances mood and well-being

Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.
Farnsworth House: Built in 1951 near Chicago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a one room retreat for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Purchased in 2003 for a reported $7.5 million, it is now operated as a house museum. The house is listed in the National Register and is designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.Courtesy Jack E Boucher
LUMEN means “the power of light". HAUS is a reference to the Bauhaus movement and architect Mies Van Der Rohe's Farnsworth House. Like the Farnsworth House, Lumenhaus can open up to maximize its occupants’ exposure to natural daylight.

Lumenhaus could win the Solar Decathlon Europe competition

Lumenhaus, designed by Virginia Tech, has a good chance of winning the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition which ends today.

Virginia Tech had a commanding 35-point lead at Solar Decathlon Europe earlier this week, but the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim has cut that lead to only six points now. ...everything the teams do—from hot water draws to cooking to washing to cooling their houses—really makes a difference. Every point counts. SolarDecathlon.gov blog

There is an app for that

Lumenhaus is a zero-energy home that is completely powered by the sun. Using technology, Lumenhaus' automated systems make the owner’s life simpler, more energy efficient and less expensive. An iPhone app allows its users to monitor everything real time and to even override controls. I would really like to live in a house like this.

Watch this Lumenhaus Youtube video

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Learn more about Lumenhaus

  • Lumenhaus website
  • Inhabitat.com coverage of Lumenhaus
  • Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

    ARTiFactor's picture
    ARTiFactor says:

    The top three teams

    1. Virginia Tech
    2. École National Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble
    3. University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim

    are within a few points of one another—who needs more suspense?
    The final award ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight (Sunday). The winner should be announced on this blog: SolarDecathlon.gov/blog.

    posted on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 11:21am
    ARTiFactor's picture
    ARTiFactor says:

    Virginia Tech won by less than a point!

    Virginia Tech participated in the 2002, 2005, and 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlons. For the faculty advisors who have nurtured three teams of students over 10 years, this victory is sweet.
    More about Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 final results here

    posted on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 9:47pm

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