Last summer, eight students at the University of Utah's College of Architecture and Planning designed a three-bedroom desert home that generates its own electricity and water and is situated in Bluff, Utah, 22 miles from the nearest town.
The house is built of an energy-efficient material known as rammed earth.
Solar panels generate enough electricity to light the house and power small appliances, while the stove and fridge are fueled by propane.
But the most striking element is the 2,500-square-foot "butterfly" roof floating over the house to collect rainwater. One inch of rainfall fills the house's cistern, which supplies water to the kitchen and bathroom.
Construction of the house, done with volunteer student labor and recycled materials, took 16 weeks and cost $21,219.58.
Building the house was part of Professor Hank Louis' method: students have to work on site to earn hours of U credit. Previously, they also built "The House That Decency Built," a straw bale insulation house for a nine-member Tibetan immigrant family in Salt Lake City.
very ugly ...
Not to mention birds poop on rooves...
Rammed earth - that's the same stuff as the foundation of the Great Wall of China. Low-tech, durable, but labour intensive.
Revolutionary... it is about time people start think of others instead of themselves! The only thing ugly about this is ugly joe's comment!
incredible design - not to mention it received the more prestigious honor award not a merit award - when reading ugly joe's comment consider the source