Sustainable House of the Future Runs on Spinach

August 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Future, Sustainability, Technology, Urbanism | 21 Comments »

The winning entry to the Cradle to Cradle C2C Home Competition is an incredible single family dwelling by Matthew Coates and Tim Meldrum that goes right to the core fundamentals of the Cradle to Cradle principles. Not only does the building run a photosynthetic and phototropic skin made with spinach protein, but it also produces more energy than a single family’s needs, allowing the excess to be distributed to neighbors. This radical shift, from centralized energy systems today, fosters community interdependence as neighbors benefit from the resources of others.

21 Comments on “Sustainable House of the Future Runs on Spinach”

  1. 1 Ivan Kirigin said at 11:06 am on August 25th, 2005:

    I’m not to keen on distributed energy generation is the cost/watt is less than that of centralized generation stations. This needn’t be the case. You could, for example, put a Sterling Energy dish on your roof and be as efficient as a solar generation plant that simply uses many of them.

    There is something to be said for the added redundancy of distributed systems, but that should be incorporated in a long-term cost/benefit analysis.

  2. 2 said at 9:20 pm on August 26th, 2005:

    A Spinach-Powered House

    Is your house getting enough iron? Via Future Feeder, here’s a design for a house that, well, runs on spinach: The core extends vertically, clad with a super-conductive photosynthetic plasma cell skin that is able to generate 200% more electrical…

  3. 3 Mary said at 11:45 am on October 11th, 2005:

    check out the official competition site

  4. 4 hododo said at 3:25 pm on December 16th, 2005:


  5. 5 David Zoglio said at 5:24 pm on January 2nd, 2006:

    I teach environmental science in a high school setting. In the next few weeks we will be talking about energy, past present and future.
    I would like to share any information about your project with my students.

  6. 6 qiraat said at 6:31 am on November 3rd, 2006:

    hii i am qiraat i like the winning desgin very good i would like to knw more about the legend G. Holmes Perkins .I am his biggest ever ever fannnnnn its sad that he passed away .I like this planning about the Spinach-Powered House i think it a great idea.i would like to know more about this project you are doing .Thank you please email me back rememeber im am very keen on this project.please email me soon as possiable as it very urgernt email me today will be nice .Thank u

  7. 7 Veenoth said at 2:43 pm on November 4th, 2006:

    I love your website!!! you are the best G. Holmes Perkins!! i really want a spinach powered house. can someone please contact me on information on how i can build one? i agree with you Qiraat , the winning design is very good. i am upset that G. Holmes Perkins has passed away. he was my best friend… 🙁
    Please contact me if you have information on the spinach powered house.
    Thank you very pery much.
    P.S I LOVE CURRY!!! 😀

  8. 8 hannah said at 10:16 am on November 7th, 2006:

    The fellow students in my school called QIRAAT, Veenoth and Pooja are very sorry for the inconveniece. I assure you that these immature children will not do this sort of behaviour again. Please do not take any action towards this incident. Again i am deeply sorry.
    Yours sincerely,
    Hannah ( professor of bioscience )

  9. 9 k j. smenta said at 2:13 pm on November 7th, 2006:

    Hannah i am glad you are responsible but there is one flaw in you message. you state- ‘The fellow students in my school called QIRAAT, Veenoth and Pooja’ yet you end with ‘Hannah ( professor of bioscience )’ may i ask how are you the professor if you are a student? i found this rather alarming as this shows that you are not who you say you are. this matter will be dealt with.

  10. 10 Jena H.Perkins said at 3:56 pm on November 7th, 2006:

    Good evening,My fathers invention,The spianch factory,was an amazing invention.I thoguht it was rather facsinating.Howeve I am certainly not pleased with the Mockary the following students QiIRAT,VEENTOHand POOJA had made. My father was a respectable man with a fantastic overview on creating, and they have used this webite for their own excitement. Thankyou Hannah and Kj.Smenta fot passing on their email adresses, i will make it a point to adress it further and find their identitys. I will not allow anyone to miss use my fathers creations.If i am not successful with this inquary i ill take it further by contacting the police.I will,however, give the students a chance to reedem themselves, if they send me an apologie within the next two dayys, i will drop my inqiary to track down QUIRAT,VEENOTHand POOJA.Thankyou, take note to repect this website.Thankyou x

  11. 11 LAUREN!! M && J! said at 6:36 am on November 10th, 2006:

    hello i am very sorry 2 hear bout dats persons death! fellow students HANNAH ..VENOTH..POOJA & QIRAT…we are very sorry!!…we did not meen 2 !!,….we dearly loved j.h perkins!,…hehehehe…
    but yh bii xxxx

  12. 12 Himanshu said at 1:00 pm on December 20th, 2007:

    Ummm, I am a student of architcture and am very intrigued by the idea of a biofilm instead of a solar panel.
    I have read somewhere that the energy consumed by a solar panel is more than what it will produce in its lifetime, thus making me beleive that your project is better suited for the job.

    I still can’t help feeling a little vague about the entire theory, and feel that if such is possible, then why don’t the major corporations bag the opportunity?
    I would request you to please enlighten me with as vividity as possible. Maybe some details would help.
    Thank You

  13. 13 designated4 said at 11:37 pm on February 24th, 2008:

    Spinach! Now thats a win win situation. Just think how happy your mother will be!

    “.. Did you eat your Spinach dear?!….”

  14. 14 Collier Hageman said at 3:04 am on March 30th, 2008:

    I am extremely curious as to how photosynthesis and phototropism can produce power of a sort and in quantity enough to suit the needs of a family actually LIVING in the house. And what is the transmission media used to “share with nieghbors”? An intriguing idea but this little blurb on it is VERY short on facts and practical information. I do hope it works.

  15. 15 D Legal said at 8:08 pm on April 1st, 2008:

    That would be amazing! I keep on seeing more and more of these high tech future homes popping up on the internet with all these great new technologies incorporated into them. The only problem is that I don’t see anyone actually building them.

  16. 16 Future Housing Trends: Will They Include Spinach Energy and Styrofoam Dome Homes? | Cleveland Real Estate News said at 8:08 pm on August 26th, 2008:

    […] trends that just might intrigue you.   Popeye seemed to think spinach was the be all end all, and this use of spinach for an exterior skin of the house and to provide energy definitely caught my eye! It’s from Architecture and Computation Culture’s Future […]

  17. 17 john said at 10:28 pm on August 29th, 2008:

    this competition is great , futuristic design with nature in mind

  18. 18 mohan said at 5:41 pm on November 29th, 2008:

    great project….and it will be nice if it gets a great welcome..but there may be a good than this..

  19. 19 Green Home that Runs on Spinach « Exploring Chemistry East-West said at 11:37 pm on February 13th, 2009:

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  20. 20 Anon said at 3:25 pm on September 25th, 2009:

    Quite interesting to see the way things are taking shape. However, one concern that arises from this would be the larger energy suppliers. Something of this nature could leave a bit of a backlash on the economy that we couldn’t foresee.

    While I do agree this is a step in the right direction for society as a whole (and great idea at that), it IS possible that it COULD do more harm than good.

    Time will be the judge of us all though.

  21. 21 Meri said at 3:08 am on October 20th, 2010:

    Looks very futuristic.

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