Solar Decathlon 2011
Team China: Tongji University
Team China's U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 entry, Y Container, combines six recycled shipping containers into a succinct, Y-shaped solar house. Y Container is easy to transport, assemble, and expand—providing the freedom to live anywhere with low costs and clean energy. It is a living house that can contain the energy, water, and plants required for an individual to enjoy an independent and natural lifestyle.
Team China designed its solar house not only as a highly integrated solution for supplying energy and water but also as an answer to financial and transportation challenges. The team's design transforms prefabricated shipping containers into a modern living environment. Founded on the expectation that one can live anywhere freely, Y Container uses these standard modules and special conjunction components to help people expand their living space according to their wishes.
The architecture of Y Container features:
An expandable and blended space that provides divided functional areas linked through a consecutive spatial sequence
More opportunities to view the varying landscapes created in different sections of the yard.
Y Container incorporates innovative technologies to make the house flexible and adaptable under different circumstances. These include:
An integrated system that uses heat recovery from the solar thermal collector for the domestic hot water supply and the floor heating system
Vacuum insulation materials and phase-change materials that block heat transfer and moderate the interior temperature passively
A natural ventilation tunnel in the middle of the house that regulates air distribution and the fresh air supply without energy consumption.
Y Container's target client is a young couple in Shanghai, China, where many young people cannot afford independent housing. Recognizing the gap between incomes and house prices in Shanghai, Team China has designed a solution.
Architecture and Urban Planning School
Siping Rd., No. 1239
Shanghai, China 200092