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Budapest Students Design Sustainable House for Indoor and Outdoor Living

  • 01:00 - 7 February, 2013
Budapest Students Design Sustainable House for Indoor and Outdoor Living
Budapest Students Design Sustainable House for Indoor and Outdoor Living, © Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

It may look unassuming, but this sleek black box is the culmination of a two-year long collaboration of more than 50 students from 7 different faculties of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Initially envisioned by two architecture students and built for the European Solar Decathlon 2012 in Madrid, the goal of Odooproject was to encourage a new sustainable life by designing a house where as much time as possible can be spent outdoors.

More information about Odooproject after the break...

© Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi +20

Odoo’s square plan has two primary elements: the north half enclosure and the south half outdoor terrace, bordered by the ‘summer wall’ to the south. The design allows comfortable living inside or outside throughout the year as the seasons allow.

Courtesy of Solar Decathlon Europe
Courtesy of Solar Decathlon Europe

The enclosure is a compact form, well insulated and airtight, to maximize material and energy efficiency. The building is almost monolithic, save for the south façade, which is entirely triple-glazed. Large sliding doors play down the division between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. Internally, the open plan space can be adapted using the mobile and flexible built in furniture, instead of walls, making the house easily presentable as a pavilion.

© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

The secret to making the terrace habitable lies in the ‘summer wall’ stretching along its south border. Providing shade during the day, the thickness of the this wall houses the amenities necessary for living outdoors. Hiding inside the wall you can find storage for terrace furniture, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and a movable open fireplace. The wall also conceals the workings of the HVAC and passive conditioning systems.

© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

To provide a comfortable environment, as efficiently as possible, the house uses both active and passive systems. The compact form of Odoo reduces heat loss, while its organization means it has two south-facing facades. The glass façade exploits solar gain, to heat the interior during the winter, and the solar panels on the ‘summer wall’ generate power from the summer sun.

Courtesy of Odooproject
Courtesy of Odooproject

Due to the lightweight nature of the pavilion, thermal mass is provided by a unique system of water pipes. During the winter solar gain heats pipes in the floor, the water is then pumped into an insulated tank and can be used to heat the house at night. In the summer months, sprinklers dissipate the heat from roof after dark, allowing the system to use it as a cooling mass during the day. 

© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

Odooproject’s sleek black looks take their queue from the array of solar cells, covering not only the summer wall, but also the roof. Combined, these panels produce three times more energy than the house would consume annually.

After the Solar Decathlon, Oodoproject was reassembled on the campus of The Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where it currently resides.

  • Architects

  • Architectural and Interior Design

    Adrián Auth, Balázs Szelecsényi
  • Faculty advisor of architectural design

    László Csízy
  • Lead faculty advisor

    Tamás Varga
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

For further team members, and more information visit Odooproject 

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Matthew Woods · April 06, 2015

That is the living place what all the students dream of. This could stimulate them to work harder as the surrounding pleasant environment really matters for that. When you fill comfortable in the living place where you do your homework, it will turn out into master custom paper writing for them as they will really succeed in all their case studies and course papers. Thanks to designers who exploit this design and try to live it out. Very pleasant-looking and up-to-date, all students like modern things, I'm sure they will like the design, too


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