When Helly Scholten and her partner Mark de Leeuw learned about Rotterdam University’s experimental CHIBB House, an oversized greenhouse that doubles as a home, they immediately applied to live in it. Under Arjan Karssenberg’s leadership, students of the university’s Applied Sciences developed an “extreme and innovative concept” designed to be sustainable in every sense of the word. The family of four (plus a dog, two cats, and four goldfish) were chosen to spend the next three years helping the university test the viability of their prototype, located nearby in Concept House Village, in part by growing their own food in the rooftop garden.
Despite the menagerie, CHIBB House has ample room for all of them. Upstairs is a bathroom and three bedrooms, each of which has its own door leading to the covered courtyard, while the downstairs kitchen and living room have access to a covered terrace. A great deal of effort has gone into designing a prototypical home that sources materials sensibly in accordance with the Cradle to Cradle concept, wherein nothing goes to waste, and ensuring optimal thermal and acoustic comfort.
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