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Five of the World's Most Innovative Sustainable Designs

By Dwell @dwell
Active House B10 Prefab Prototype in Stuttgart

Since architect Mies van der Rohe led the European expansion of the International Style into the U.S., Germany has held its prominent place as innovators of modern architectural design. Such is the case with Active House B10, a prefab “power plant” that can be built in a single day. Architect Werner Sobek introduced the name “active house” to serve as a philosophical and literal contrast to the German “passive house” concept, in that this tiny prefab can actively generate enough power for multiple properties through its rooftop photovoltaics grid. The material it’s made of is also fully recyclable.

Image courtesy of Zooey Braun.

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