Canopea is one of the latest solar-powered habitats, holding a collection of small buildings that form a healthy green living alternative. The idea should be suited for the folks looking for better urban living, something brainstormed by Team Rhone-Alpes.
One prototype was built for showing for their collegiate design competition which many may check out over in Madrid come September 14, 2012.
Aside from that, the team will also showcase a concept that includes 69 of these compact solar-powered structures, all constructed around a unified vertical farm.
Inspiration was garnered from tree canopies that absorb 95% of the forest’s overall solar energy and capture 30% of the rainfall. The nanotowers are less than 10 stories high and each floor is its own home.
The top floor below spaces beneath the photovoltaic canopy are shared and play host to laundry and cooking facilities as well as a small recreation area. Clusters of nanotowers are linked with passageways filled with gardens, storage areas and recycling facilities.