Team Sweden, consisting of 25 students from Chalmers University, recently developed this environmentally-friendly group house that is powered entirely by the sun. Halo is a sustainable living concept that began as a rough sketch and eventually emerged into a full-scale, functioning building.
The 645-square-foot circular design was intended to foster group living by providing smaller private rooms and larger amounts of shared communal space throughout the home. The team's motto for the project was, “Shared space is double space.”
The contemporary concept was constructed with renewable materials, including Swedish spruce used to form the main structure, and wood fiber used for interior insulation. Solar cells compose the large exterior roof and absorb solar power to create an energy-efficient living space. As a result of the team's innovative ideas and dedication to the project, the building concept won third place in the international student competition, Solar Decathlon, earlier this year.