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Architect Magazine Features CHIP in ‘Less is More?’

SCI-Arc/Caltech's Hanwha Solar CHIP House, which took 6th place in the international Solar Decathlon 2011 competition, is prominently featured in the November issue of Architect magazine.

"It’s part astronaut suit, part thermos. CHIP—as the California team called its entry—has an otherworldly appearance that bellies its grounding in mainstream technologies. The house (whose acronym stands for Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype) features an exterior skin made of 14 and 16 inches of denim batt insulation wrapped with a low-cost, engineered, vinyl-coated polyester fastened with zip ties, dowel rods, and lag screws."

SCI-Arc/Caltech Hanwha Solar CHIP House on view on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Team SCI-Arc/Caltech’s solar decathlon design will soon be on view at Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles, starting January 2012. Through a partnership with Expo Park, the house will be open to the public several days a week for free tours through June 30, 2012, giving visitors of the park’s Science Center the opportunity to discover CHIP both inside and out. More details about the exhibition launch will be announced early January.

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