Some have said that the future of human life on Earth depends on whether or not we can come up with a way to drastically reduce our energy consumption and waste production in the next decade. With the population growing at an alarming rate, architects are searching for a home design that can be beautiful, comfortable and efficient.
Creating such a design in time could be a gamble, but one British company isn't afraid to roll the dice.
Sybarite, the architectural firm that developed one of the world's first modular tree dwellings, has unveiled the Dice House: a 30-by-30-by-30-foot concept domicile that looks like it belongs in Monopoly set, but could be coming soon to a metropolis near you.
The beauty of the Dice House's compact design is that combines the use renewable technologies to erase its carbon footprint.
"The centerpiece is a photovoltaic umbrella dome that collects roughly 90 percent of the house’s energy needs. Made of a common plastic, the pillowy dome traps heat like a greenhouse. That hot air warms water in a tank tucked under the roof, turning out a daily average of 80 bath-ready gallons, even on the darkest days of December. At the umbrella’s apex, a generator-equipped turbine produces electricity and, in chilly months, drives heat into the house. Photovoltaic cells studding the 484-square-foot dome floor create additional electricity. Generating an estimated average of 33 kilowatt-hours per day, the house can power itself and charge a Tesla Roadster" (Popular Science).
Sybarite has submitted the design to a carbon-neutral housing competition, and hopes to make it the standard for zero-emissions homes.
Image Credits: Sybarite