December 8, 2010
"What's the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
That quote from Henry David Thoreau is one of the inspirations for the Sustainable Cabin, designed by Upe Flueckiger and students of the College of Architecture, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. Another inspiration is Le Corbusier's Cabanon, "a distillation of the architect's ideas on minimal living."
According to Texas Tech Today,
The Sustainable Cabin was constructed from the recycled metal chassis of a double-wide mobile home, with the exterior cladding made from corrugated iron and cedar. The inside includes bamboo flooring, yellow pine claddings and thermal insulation made from recycled cotton (mostly recycled blue jeans). The Morso stove is made from reused scrap iron, and electricity comes from photovoltaic solar panels.
Flueckiger told Mocoloco:
The colleges constructed a prefabricated dwelling as a model of sustainability and a laboratory to test and quantify sustainable architectural concepts. For example, the performance of solar panels will be tested and measured, and the data collected will be compared to the performance of competing products.