Solar Inspiration
A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.
Celebrate the Solar Eclipse With 13 Products That Are Out of This World
Today is the day! But even if you aren't on the path of totality, you can still get in the spirit with these stellar items.
This Minimalist, Solar-Powered Home Is a True Desert Oasis
Designed to amplify connections with the desert, a low-lying courtyard house nestles into the landscape.
This Solar-Powered Prefab in Seattle Raises the Bar for Sustainability
A NODE prefab, Solar Studio in West Seattle produces 100 percent of its own energy—and rental income for its eco-conscious owner.
Kick Back in This Tiny, Solar-Powered Houseboat For $61K
Compact in size—yet big on comfort—this well-crafted micro-home is a luxurious way to experience the water.
Where to Stay During the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will carve a path from Oregon to South Carolina, drawing millions of viewers, both new...
These Affordable Solar Homes in Sweden Produce as Much Energy as They Use
The compact row houses feature carefully angled solar panels that harness every moment of the sun.
This Solar-Powered Prefab in Portland Was Set Up in Four Hours
A software developer adds a prefabricated shed by Drop Structures to his Oregon campground.
This Designer Is Changing Architecture Education With a Solar-Powered Mobile Classroom
Maya Bird-Murphy, founder of Chicago Mobile Makers, converted a Postal Service truck into a pop-up design classroom for...
A Passive Solar Home Built Into the Hillside Asks $610K in Northern California
Designed in 1980, the partially sunken Sunburst Residence keeps a low profile—and a low carbon footprint.
A Net-Zero Home Shrugs Off Winter With Solar-Energy Comfort
Nestled in a historic mining area in Washington, a modern, energy-efficient house blends modern architecture with reclaimed...
The Compact, Solar-Powered Ex of In House Sits Lightly Upon the Land
Steven Holl's geometric Ex of In House holds a minimal footprint without compromising on volume within.
Stay in a Solar-Powered, Ring-Shaped Vacation Home in the Spanish Countryside
As a thought-provoking exploration of environment and design, this minimalist ring-shaped holiday home in Aragon, Spain, abandons...
The Solar-Powered Orchid Tiny House Has a Gorgeous, Light-Filled Interior
Nashville–based New Frontier Homes recently completed the Orchid Tiny House—a 290-square-foot off-grid home with amazing lighting...
An Architect Proposes a Solar-Powered Urban Farm For the Roof of Notre Dame Cathedral
Inspired by environmental issues, architect Vincent Callebaut reimagines the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral as a solar-powered...
The Future of Solar Water Heating
Dwell hosts a Q&A with Mike Landau, solar water heating program manager for SoCalGas and Nurit Katz, chief sustainability officer...
Solar Decathlon Virtual Tours
Though I couldn’t make it out to Washington, DC, this weekend to see the final days of the Solar Decathlon—which wrapped up...
SunRun Solar Stimulus Package
This week's news was riddled with updates on the slow passage of President Obama's stimulus package through Congress.
A Sleek Solar Roof Solved for Clean Energy—and Errant Golf Balls—for a Couple in Texas
A traditional Hill Country-style home in Austin has been given a serious upgrade with an unobtrusive solar roof that complements...
After the 2021 Winter Storm, a Texas Homeowner Transformed Their Stone Ranch Into a Solar Powerhouse
A new roof with solar impressively and discreetly integrated has given this Texan homeowner peace of mind—and a new way to reduce...
The Wayback Machine: Your Solar House
Before the word "solar" evoked images of flat PV panels stuck on rooftops, many architects already had a mind to use the sun to...
Want, Elon Musk's Solar Roof Tiles
Elon Musk's glass roof is the future of solar energy.
Sustainable, Solar-Powered Family Retreat in California
Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of...
High-Performace Courtyard House
On a north-sloping site in Palo Alto, CA, the High-Performance Courtyard House is carefully sited and detailed to maximize the...
An Unplugged Family Hideout Borders the Ocean in Chile
Solar power and a self-sufficient water system keep a family relaxed in Chile.
This Artist Couple’s Off-Grid Dream Home Was a Decade in the Making
After escaping over the years to Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, a pair of painters tap Solares Architecture for a sustainable...
An Artist Lists Her One-of-a-Kind Dome Home in Maine for $690K
Tucked in the woods of Kennebunkport, the solar-powered residence has a rustic, handcrafted feel.
This Striking Black A-Frame Generates More Energy Than it Uses
Located near Salzburg, the Solarferienhaus S3 blends low-impact technology with high-impact design—and it’s now available to rent.
Budget Breakdown: A Shipping Container Is Transformed Into an Off-Grid Tiny Home for $23K
The eco-friendly escape is powered by solar panels and a wind turbine—and it even includes a full bath.
A LEGO-Like Home Powered Entirely by the Sun Pops Up in Times Square
Prefabricated, solar-powered, and filled with cutting-edge technology, the FutureHAUS is the smart, sustainable home of tomorrow.
Top 10 Sustainable Homes of 2020
From a carbon-negative cabin to a prefab farmhouse, these resourceful designs captivated readers this year.
These Off-Grid, Luxury Travel Trailers Pack Enough Oomph to Power a Tesla Cybertruck
Living Vehicle teams up with Volta Power Systems to offer the highest-capacity electric power system available in a residential...
As the Cost of Panels Plummets, Energy Utilities Rethink Solar
Tech breakthroughs are bringing solar power to the people, and upsetting electric utilities' business models.
A New Eco-Friendly Home Emerges From a Tired Structure on Long Island’s Wetlands
Josh Manes Architecture imagines protruding and receding volumes to maximize solar energy and frame 360-degree views.
A Sharp Chilean Cabin Shines Like a Gemstone
Nestled in a lush landscape, the solar-powered retreat cantilevers toward the ocean like a ship’s bow.
An Australian Beach Home with Stunning Ocean Views
Eco-friendly features like solar panels and rainwater catchments keep this retreat's environmental footprint small.

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