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Posted: 01/20/12 08:05am  Reply with quote
SCI-arc Designs Award Winning Home

A two year design-build collaboration in Los Angeles has resulted in an award-winning energy-efficient home which has set new standards in the field of affordable, sustainable residential design. The SCI-Arc/Caltech Hanwha Solar CHIP House at the California Science Center is the product of an inventive scheme by the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Caltech Institute of Technology (Caltech), global solar panel manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (Hanwha Solar) and California Science Center.

To raise the profile of this successful project, the $1m residence will be open to the public from 17th January 2012 until 31st May 2012, with free tours on weekdays 10am-1.30pm and weekends 10am-4pm. The building would cost $300,000, including materials and labor. SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss concludes: "SCI-Arc and Caltech have really taken on the question of liveability in American housing and offered a new sensibility for both its content and its character. The CHIP is a welcome address to an alternative housing future."
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