Ecoscape is a prototypical mountain cabin located in the extreme climate conditions of the California Mountains. Ecoscape is based on the principles offered by energy self reliant systems. The building form is responsive to solar conditions, developing a surface area that maximizes exposure to collect energy and heat. Ecoscape is generated out of an algorithm that tracks solar positioning in order to intensify absorption in specific locations on the roof surface. The surface consists of ETFE thin membranes that integrate thin film photovoltaic cells to generate energy.

Client University of Berkeley
Design concept Open Source Architecture (C. Ahrens, E. Neuman, A. Sprecher)
Size 5,000 sqf
Planning 2003