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This Solar Home Shape-Shifts to Follow the Sun

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You're probably aware of the fact that the sun doesn’t stay in one spot all day. This poses a problem for homes that rely on fixed solar panels for energy, which are only able to absorb the maximum amount of sunlight at certain times of day. Instead of just modifying solar panels to follow the sun, the Portugal-based team behind Casas em Movimento designed entire rotating homes.

As the solar house turns 180 degrees throughout the day, the structure’s photovoltaic hood gradually angles itself to ensure that it's always at the optimum angle for harnessing the sun’s rays. The project’s design was inspired by sunflowers, which employ a clever growth mechanism that allows them to follow the sun as it moves across the sky. According to the team, the house’s solar roof is capable of producing 25,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year—that’s five times the amount of energy that’s needed to power a home that size. Homeowners living in a building that efficient could possibly use the excess energy to fuel an electric car or even make a profit by selling it back to the main grid.

Casas em Movimento will start by targeting their structures at the high-end consumers with prices set at over $7000 per square meter. They hope to eventually bring the cost down low enough to make their designs accessible to a wider audience. And if you’re questioning the practicality of living in a shape-shifting house, they’ve got that covered—the rooms turn slowly to compensate for any movement on the outside. You can see an example of these homes in motion in the video below.

[h/t Inhabitat]

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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