Australian architect ArchiBlox has unveiled a prototype of a house design that can produce more energy than it uses over its lifespan.Â Â
The prefabricated home has "sliding edible garden walls", a sunroom and an insulating grass roof on top of its single storey. The prototype is currently installed in Melbourne’s City Square.
According to the architect, the house, pictured above, generates environmental benefits equivalent to those of 6,000 native Australian trees.Â Â
A double-glazed sunroom spans the width of the structure and is designed to face north. ThisÂ acts as the "lungs" of the house and creates a pocket of warm air to insulate it in the winter.
"Cool tubes" under the ground help to ventilate the property, taking air in from the floor in the south of the house and emitting it from the north-facing windows.Â
Living spaces are compact with an open-plan dining area and a kitchen on one side, and a bathroom and bedroom on the other.Â
The house also recycles rainwater and creates solar energy with rooftop photovoltaic panels.
ArchiBlox, a modular building specialist, says its homes will give its clients "the opportunity to rid themselves of modern day lifelines in a house that has been developed through a collaboration of design sensitivities and new technologies with like-minded companies".Â
All images from ArchiBlox