Catalonia Polytechnic University takes part for the third consecutive time in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition

Catalonia Polytechnic University (UPC) is taking part for the third consecutive time in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, organised by the French government and to be held in Versailles, Paris, during the summer of 2014.
The Vallés Higher Technical School of Architecture (ETSAV) is working in conjunction with other universities, companies, public bodies and other organisations committed to sustainable development, promoting renewable energies and maximum efficiency in the construction sector. The proposal was one of only 20 chosen worldwide to take part in this new edition of Solar Decathlon Europe.
In line with the gauge restrictions set by the competition, casa Ressò has been designed with the aim of getting the maximum volume content. A glasshouse cube which encases a surface area of 10×10 metres and 7 metres high. In this way we get a large inner space that can house different sorts of activities.
This independent interior place is a machine that can regulate its own climate control, ensuring comfortable temperatures. We should consider the prototype as an infrastructure, different from traditional housing made up of various rooms. In this case, it has a central space of 64m2.
The prototype also has an additional space, a large accessible platform 6 metres off the ground which improves the prototype’s features and generates a new space with good views. The flooring generates a continuous access platform to the various modules which in turn are connected to the inside space. The new space on the roof makes it dynamic and gives it more uses. As a meeting point it will become the favourite spot of the prototype.
Its 6 metre high platform and 64m2 surface area also enable us to have, as well as a gallery which is attractive for the public and for the competition, a different place to the one we are used to.
This large space will double the surface we have achieved inside, although it will have other features of privacy and interaction between users and the outside. This prototype has DIY and free-standing construction systems to make assembly easier before and during the competition, as well as being easy to grow.