Hydroelectric House Uses Functional Design To Capture Solar & Tidal Power

Hydro Electric Tidal House - Our Explorers

[the_ad id=”883″]Inspired by the shape of a sea urchin, this design for a futuristic hydroelectric house looks like it could be something from Atlantis, rising from the ocean. Aside from it’s futuristic oceany styling, the Hydroelectric Tidal House offers more than cool looks, and is designed around its ability to capture solar and tidal energy for electricity generation.

The concept was designed for Llandudno, Cape Town, by Margot Krasojevć, and the sculptural building consists of two shells: an outer shell that is fixed, anchoring the home to the beach, and an inner unit that rests on top of the waves.

Hydro Electric Tidal House - Exterior - Our Explorers

The building itself is cast in concrete, and the outer rounded shell ensures that the house remains attached to the shoreline by using sand foundations.

Hydro Electric Tidal House - Aerial - Our Explorers

The outer shell is lined with solar cells, taking full advantage of Cape Town’s abundant sunshine, however the structure’s primary power source comes from a more powerful renewable energy source: the tide.

Hydro Electric Tidal House - Design - Our Explorers

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To maximize the amount of tidal energy captured, the shell has been designed with a porous structure, allowing multiple channels of water to flood the space between the inner and outer shells.

Hydro Electric Tidal House - Turbine - Our Explorers

The Hydroelectric Tidal House has another interesting feature: an electromagnetic turbine system. When the tidal waves push and pull against the extruded chambers, neodymium magnets and copper wire coils will induce an electric current.

As a result, the inner floating shell consists of a lightweight non-ferrous aluminum structure, and electrical energy is captured with a capacitor.

Hydro Electric Tidal House - Structure - Our Explorers

The living area is separated into three modules, each of which can be customized and tailored to suit a client’s functional requirements.

This is definitely a proposal for the rich, but how cool would something like this be?

(Margot Krasojević)