CRETE House 2017

Hydroponic planter beds could supply residents with up to a year’s worth of fruits and vegetables.



Panels will be bolted, rather than welded, together. This significantly reduces both field labor and materials waste, and allows the house to be disassembled for transport.



A kitchen and bathrooms, located in the center of the house, will be assembled off-site as a single integrated unit.



The two-bedroom structure relies on thermal mass and hydraulic heating and cooling, rather than a traditional HVAC system.



A water collection system and series of modular planters support hydroponic gardening.


The panels will be cast from Ductal, a high-performance and fine-grained mix that allows for greater detail than typical concrete.


Oversized gutters provide shade support, extending the living space outdoors.


ConCRETE House will be formed from six large precast concrete panels

After the conclusion of Solar Decathlon 2017, ConCRETE House will be permanently installed at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center.