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Rhone Alpes wins the 2012 European Solar Decathlon

Rhone Alpes wins the 2012 Euro...
The French Rhone Alpes team has won this year’s European Solar Decathlon with its Canopea modular home concept
The French Rhone Alpes team has won this year’s European Solar Decathlon with its Canopea modular home concept
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The French Rhone Alpes team has won this year’s European Solar Decathlon with its ecological modular home concept
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The French Rhone Alpes team has won this year’s European Solar Decathlon with its ecological modular home concept
Canopea has been designed so that a series of modules can be stacked on top of one another, creating a “nanotower”
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Canopea has been designed so that a series of modules can be stacked on top of one another, creating a “nanotower”
The top floor of the home has been specifically designed to offer an enjoyable communal space and environment
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The top floor of the home has been specifically designed to offer an enjoyable communal space and environment
Canopea takes advantage of the sun’s energy through an integrated system of rooftop photovoltaic panels
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Canopea takes advantage of the sun’s energy through an integrated system of rooftop photovoltaic panels
Currently the modular two-level home is capable of producing enough energy to meet the entire home’s electrical demands and also charge a small electric vehicle
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Currently the modular two-level home is capable of producing enough energy to meet the entire home’s electrical demands and also charge a small electric vehicle
Canopea features sliding glass windows
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Canopea features sliding glass windows
Canopea's glass facade allows air to flow through the home
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Canopea's glass facade allows air to flow through the home
Canopea features a large open living and kitchen
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Canopea features a large open living and kitchen
Canopea's interior design features a large open living and kitchen space
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Canopea's interior design features a large open living and kitchen space
The top floor comes equipped with a large open space for entertaining, as well as a play area for children
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The top floor comes equipped with a large open space for entertaining, as well as a play area for children
Canopea’s interior space is equipped with a unique floor-to-ceiling mobile cabinet on wheels
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Canopea’s interior space is equipped with a unique floor-to-ceiling mobile cabinet on wheels
The cabinet can be moved around to facilitate different uses of the space
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The cabinet can be moved around to facilitate different uses of the space
A storage wall cleverly disguises and stores a series of portable furniture elements that can be transformed into a bed, table or office
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A storage wall cleverly disguises and stores a series of portable furniture elements that can be transformed into a bed, table or office
The “nanotower” concept is hoped to foster the development of sustainable community living in urban areas
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The “nanotower” concept is hoped to foster the development of sustainable community living in urban areas
Canopea has been designed so that a series of modules can be stacked on top of one another, creating a “nanotower”
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Canopea has been designed so that a series of modules can be stacked on top of one another, creating a “nanotower”
The “nanotower” could house up to ten families
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The “nanotower” could house up to ten families
Canopea's open bedroom
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Canopea's open bedroom
Canopea's bedroom features natural materials
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Canopea's bedroom features natural materials
Canopea's cosy study area
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Canopea's cosy study area
Canopea's bathroom
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Canopea's bathroom
Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 took place in Madrid, Spain
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Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 took place in Madrid, Spain
Team Rhone Alpes celebrates its win
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Team Rhone Alpes celebrates its win
Finalists from across Europe battled it out for first place at the Solar Decathlon in Madrid
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Finalists from across Europe battled it out for first place at the Solar Decathlon in Madrid
The French Rhone Alpes team has won this year’s European Solar Decathlon with its Canopea modular home concept
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The French Rhone Alpes team has won this year’s European Solar Decathlon with its Canopea modular home concept
A storage wall cleverly disguises and stores a series of portable furniture elements that can be transformed into a bed, table or office
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A storage wall cleverly disguises and stores a series of portable furniture elements that can be transformed into a bed, table or office

The French Rhone Alpes team has won this year’s European Solar Decathlon with its ecological modular home concept. Dubbed Canopea, the prefabricated prototype home has been designed so that a series of Canopea modules can be stacked on top of one another, creating a “nanotower” which could house up to ten families. The concept is hoped to foster the development of sustainable community living in urban areas, while also taking advantage of the sun’s energy through an integrated system of rooftop photovoltaic panels.

Currently the modular two-level home is capable of producing enough energy to meet the entire home’s electrical demands and also charge a small electric vehicle. However, this would obviously not be the case for the nanotower concept.

Canopea’s interior design features a large open living and kitchen space, which is equipped with a unique floor-to-ceiling mobile cabinet on wheels. The cabinet can be moved around to facilitate different uses of the space, be it a private study area or a temporary guest room. Furthermore, a storage wall cleverly disguises and stores a series of portable furniture elements that can be transformed into a bed, table or office.

A storage wall cleverly disguises and stores a series of portable furniture elements that can be transformed into a bed, table or office
A storage wall cleverly disguises and stores a series of portable furniture elements that can be transformed into a bed, table or office

The interior walls have been treated with a soil-based coating to provide thermal and acoustic qualities, while also helping to regulate the home’s humidity. Wooden flooring has been featured in the living, kitchen, office and corridor areas, while the bedroom flooring has been covered with a smooth earth coating for its aesthetic appearance.

The top floor of the home has been specifically designed to offer an enjoyable communal space and environment, in cases where nanotowers are developed. The area offers residents a practical shared zone where they can carry out domestic activities like washing and drying clothes. It also comes equipped with a summer kitchen and a barbecue area, a large open space for entertaining, as well as a play area for children.

Out of 18 finalists from across Europe, the Solar Decathlon saw the Spanish team take a very close second place for its Andalucia home, while the third place went to the Italian team for its MED In Italy concept.

Source: Canopea, Solar Decathlon Europe via Inhabitat

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