This organic design is inspired and shaped by the yellow hibiscus, and created to be economical in size, deliberate in functionality, and rousing in spirit. As a low impact, net zero energy, carbon neutral home, it lives lightly on the land beneath it, while catching and storing its own water, generating and storing its own electricity, and charging the vehicles that its residents use. We believe it has a place in the 21st century housing market.
The five petals harvest rain water, storing it in ten translucent tubes in the middle of the building arranged as a shower room. The energy tower is composed of 24 tracking bifacial photovoltaic panels, plus a vertical wind turbine and communication dish.
Prefabrication of the five walls, the kitchen and bath modules and the energy tower takes place off site, perhaps accomplished through an environmental building program at a local university. On site, the wood and steel frame is formed from local material. When the wall frames are in place, the polycarbonate petals and stainless steel framing are installed.