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LIVING LIGHT

The Living Light house was designed as a group project by the University of Tennessee's College of Architecture and Design for The Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. My specific involvement with the project was having a leadership role in the structure and decking team of the house. Conceptually, the design is based off of the cantilever barn which is a major part of the historical architectural vernacular of Eastern Tennessee. The two cores located in the barn in this usage are pushed to the extents of the home to yield an open, loft-like interior while the upper cantilevered part is re-imagined in the design and utilization of the solar array.

Six major concepts powered the design of the home. These concepts are living compactly, leaving a small footprint, maximizing views and transparency, space adapts in service to function, harvesting the sun’s energy, and user control of light, view, and ventilation.

The smart facade system implimented in the Living Light house uses the air cavity inside the facade the ventilate the house. During winter, air is pulled in through the Southern facade to precondition the air before it is brought in to the home. That system is reversed during the summer months. The idea of passive technology is continued throughout the design of the home so as to make the most of its sustainable potential

Being a relatively small house on the interior, the use of exterior living space was looked at to take advantage of the climate we live in. The small footprint of the house continues the ideas of our concepts as well as the deck has a relatively small impact on the site compared to the house itself.


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