Experience the House
events

The team is frequently out and about in the community, talking about progress on the house. Be sure to come visit us!

upcoming events
farnsworth

LUMENHAUS / FARNSWORTH HOUSE

May, 2011

Plano, IL

The Farnsworth House is cited as the precedent for the pavilion type architecture of LUMENHAUS. Following its progress, the executive director of the Farnsworth House invited Virginia Tech to bring the LUMENHAUS to the Farnsworth House estate. The two houses will be exhibited together for the spring/summer season. The tentative opening is May 21, 2011.

past events
millennium park

MILLENNIUM PARK

November, 2010

Chicago, IL

LUMENHAUS exhibited on Millennium Park in conjunction with GreenBuild Convention.

solar decathalon europe

SOLAR DECATHLON EUROPE

June 1, 2010

Madrid, Spain

Virginia Tech's LUMENHAUS was declared best in the world in the Solar Decathlon Europe Competition in Madrid, Spain. In addition to winning against 16 international research universities, the LUMENHAUS team placed first in the architecture category. 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize recipient Glenn Murcutt, served as jury chair for the Architecture contest, judging the quality of the houses' architectural design, consistency, spatial adaptability, strategic bioclimatic application, and integration of technological systems.

technology policy exhibition

TECHNOLOGY POLICY EXHIBITION

January 26, 2010

Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

LUMENHAUS was part of the Technology Policy Exhibition sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. Other presenters included Google, Microsoft, AT&T, Motorola, Nokia, Lockheed/Martin, Sony, Verizon and others. This event is the largest technology exhibition on Capitol Hill and Virginia Tech was the only university invited. Designed to demonstrate emerging Internet technologies that shape Congressional policy making, the exhibition provides Members of Congress the opportunity to put their hands on the technologies that are changing our lives and influencing policy.

times square

TIMES SQUARE EXHIBITION

January 25-29, 2010

Duffy Plaza, New York, NY

After negotiating a maze of permits, contracts and agreements, the LUMENHAUS was placed on Duffy Plaza in Times Square opposite the TKTS ticket booth. Public tours attracted thousands of New Yorkers to learn about energy, sustatinbility and the new dwelling. A presentation was held at the Hafele Showroom at Madison Park to a standing room crowd of New York architects. The house aired on Good Morning America with Sam Champion on January 28.

taubman museum

TAUBMAN MUSEUM EXHIBIT

June 12 – Aug 23, 2009

Roanoke, VA

Exhibition presenting Responsive Architecture as the focus of LUMENHAUS. The initial working prototype of the Eclipsis System demonstrated autonomous components made from industrialized processes that also evoke a sense of elegance and beauty.

BLACKSBURG SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER EXHIBIT

Aug 6-31, 2009

Blacksburg, VA

Initial unveiling of the house to the public. House will still be under minor construction with students working on finishing touches. The Blacksburg Square Shopping Center is located across from the South Main Street Kroger.

national building museum

GREENOVATION: SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

September 25, 2009

National Building Museum Lawn - Washington, DC

The health of our communities, our planet, and ourselves depend on how we plan, design, and construct the world between our buildings. Greenovation: Sustainable Communities explores the origins of our precarious ecological situation and introduces communities large and small where citizens, political leaders, planning and design professionals, developers, and government agencies are working together for a more sustainable future

solar decathlon

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SOLAR DECATHLON

Oct 9-13 & 15-18, 2009

The Mall, Washington, DC

For three weeks in October 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy will host the Solar Decathlon—a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The Solar Decathlon is also an event to which the public is invited to observe the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and the best in home design.

ICFF

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE FAIR (ICFF)

May 2009

Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

Exhibition in the Materials and Processes section of ICFF demonstrated new technologies of fabrication. Industrialized Furniture explores form giving properties involving emerging processes and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines in conjunction with the development of LUMENHAUS.

greenMOB

3RD ANNUAL NEW RIVER VALLEY GREEN BUILDING TOUR AND EXPO

April 24, 2009

Blacksburg, VA

A local event to promote awareness of green models of building among area residents. Opening at 8am with a free EXPO featuring local green businesses and organizations as well as presentations from local experts, residents of the NRV could then tour local energy efficient homes, including a certified Earthcraft Community and older home retrofits, a solar greenhouse a three story yurt and a straw bale house. Solar decathletes Corey and Alden were on hand with a scale model of LUMENHAUS to answer questions about the home and energy efficient technologies.

VSNR

VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES PRESTON BRYANT VISITS

March 24, 2009

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources L. Preston Bryant Jr., who also heads Gov. Tim Kaine’s Commission on Climate Change, visited Virginia Tech to tour the solar house. nt of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Virginia Tech Solar Decathlon student team and lead faculty — Robert Schubert, associate dean of research; Robert Dunay, the T. A. Carter Professor of Architecture; and Joseph Wheeler, associate professor of architecture presented the house in its current stage of construction.

SEJC

SOCIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISTS CONFERENCE

October 15-19, 2008

Roanoke, VA

SEJ's 18th annual conference brought together environmental policymakers and activists from every point of view for more than four days of face-to-face meetings with the world's most experienced and energetic environmental journalists.

electric car

ELECTRIC CAR FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

November 2008 - 2009

Blacksburg, VA

Ticket Sales began in November 2008 and continued through February 2009. In March, the winning ticket was drawn by Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Preston Bryant during his visit to Virginia Tech. Drawing of winning ticket took place on March 20th and the winner presented with the car on April 10th.

The car being raffled was a two-seat GEM e2 produced by Daimler-Chrysler. It is street legal and, because it uses no gas, costs about $60 per year to operate. The GEM e2 produces no emissions and can be charged on any regular household outlet. Tickets were sold for $10 each; the team raised nearly $10,000 for their project. All proceeds went to support the team’s Solar Decathlon project.

The raffle was conducted through the American Institute of Architecture Students.

AEE

ARCHITECTURE EXCHANGE EAST

November 2008

Richmond, VA

A lecture and exhibition featuring sustainable aspects of the house were presented at the statewide convention of the American Institute of Architects.