After winning one of the top prizes at the Solar Decathlon competition, SCI-Arc and Caltech’s CHIP House is returning to Los Angeles for a victory lap. The unique net zero structure—with quilted, vinyl-covered polyester insulation stretched around its angled exterior—will be open to the public at the California Science Center in LA’s Exposition Park starting on Tuesday. It will stay there through the end of May.
CHIP House took home first prize in the Decathlon’s energy balance category. Its 45 solar panels generate three times more electricity than the home uses, powering, among other things, an Xbox Kinect system that has been turned into a master command center, allowing residents to control lights and appliances through hand gestures. The house took more than 100 students and $1 million to complete. Tours will be available weekdays from 10am to 1:30pm, and weekends from 10am to 4pm.