Modular Solar House Inspired by Award-Winning Bike Rack Construction
The Palo Alto Architect responsible for theÂ modular prefab bike parking structure Bike Arc Joseph Bellomo has now applied the same construction techniques to create a similarly modular system for a prefab house that he calls the House Arc. The first prototype example is expected to make its appearanceÂ this year in Hawaii.
Bellomo’s firm designed the award-winning High/Alma parking garage in downtown Palo Alto. He is an eco-biking enthusiast who rides his bike to work every day. Bellomo felt that we need to celebrate the new eco conscious way of life in design. “I wanted bikes to have the same cachet and respect as expensive cars,” Bellomo said. “I was tired of seeing them tangled together in makeshift racks.”
From inside, this modular construction looks like the belly of a translucent whale with the tubular steel ribs and polycarbonate sheathingÂ The simplicity and sparse use of materials inspired the idea of the modular house:
“That’s when I thought we could develop this design into a system of rooms to live in.”
The home would be made from tubular steel armature and be placed above the ground on concrete piers or a wood deck and then covered in the translucent polycarbonate plastic thin-film solar array. The architect believes that an 800-square-foot section worth of House Arc would cost about $100,000. But, of course, it’s modular. If you need more, add it.