Photo Credit: Ken Wyner

Photo Credit: Ken Wyner

LEAFHOUSE - US Department of Energy Solar decathlon 2007

University of Maryland

LEAFHouse was the University of Maryland's entry into Solar Decathlon 2007.  LEAFHouse explored making a connection to nature visually and experientially.  From the innovative knife plate structural system that evokes the veins of a leaf to the green wall on the south facade to the house’s patent-pending liquid desiccant wall, the house derived inspiration from nature in both form and function.  The student team was guided by a team of faculty from across the university and professional and industry mentors. The non-hierarchical, interdisciplinary team afforded the university programs and colleges the opportunity to collaborate in unprecedented ways.  The house was exhibited on the National Mall in Washington, DC in the fall of 2007. LEAFHouse, along with the other 19 houses from the US and Europe, was visited by tens of thousands of people over the course of 10 days. LEAFHouse placed 2nd overall in the competition.  As a graduate student, Britt served as one of the student team leaders for LEAFHouse.  Her master's thesis focused on the physical manifestation of diagrammatic ideas into built form through LEAFHouse.