The Stair-Scape House: Concept by Michael Jantzen
A concept house meant to be functional as well as energy efficient.
The Stair-Scape House is a small functional art structure intended to be used as a weekend retreat, studio, office, or guesthouse. It was designed to explore ways in which one might interact in a very specific physical way with their built environment, and at the same time, generate some of the energy needed to power it. The basic shape of this 1000 square foot cube structure is radically changed by the 180 steps that wrap around it, and are built into the roof. Each of these steps is equipped with specially designed piezoelectric tread plates that generated a small amount of electrical energy every time someone steps onto them. This electrical energy is stored in batteries and is used to supplement the total energy needs of the Stair-Scape House. The hope is that the final unorthodox form of the house will inspire the owners and their guests to frequently climb the stairs for exercise, for fun, and/or to help power the house.