International Solar Decathlon Competition Winner, LUMENHAUS. Photo
courtesy of Virginia Tech
Farnsworth House Welcomes
International Solar Decathlon Competition Winner, LUMENHAUS
April 1, 2011 – October 23, 2011
Tickets: Free with your paid admission to visit the Farnsworth House or with any size donation if visiting
Purchase your 2011 Farnsworth House Tickets Today!
This Spring the
Farnsworth House will host a special exhibition featuring Virginia
Tech’s LUMENHAUS – the International Solar Decathlon Competition
winner. Inspired by the Farnsworth House, LUMENHAUS is an innovative
house integrating architecture and technology to make a well
designed, energy independent, mobile structure.
The name LUMENHAUS comes from the combination of Lumen – “the power
of light,” and Haus – a reference to the BauHaus architectural
Inspired by the Farnsworth House, the north and south walls are all
glass maximizing the owner’s exposure to bright, natural daylight.
Additionally, there is a similar center core which houses a shower
and bathroom and helps link each of the internal spaces.
The house epitomizes a “whole building design” construction
approach, in which the home’s components and systems have been
designed to work together to maximize user comfort with
environmental protection. Technology plays a key role in the
functionality of the house and is utilized in a way that
makes the owner’s life simpler, more energy efficient and less
The home is equipped with an easy to use iPad or iPhone interface
that gives you control of all systems in the house including the
eclipsis system, music, lighting, and draperies. It also provides
access to weather station data, power production, and most
importantly, power consumption.