06 Mar '13, 12pm

Self-sufficient Isolée home integrates intelligent tech

Self-sufficient Isolée home integrates intelligent tech

For some, the words "self-sufficiency" may conjure up more pragmatic, survivalist -type scenarios, while for others they may evoke more Thoreauvian , back-to-the-land ideals. Dutch design studio Tjep takes a product design approach to the idea, creating this "far-away, isolated, intelligent scenic house" that combines technology with a minimalist aesthetic, all powered by solar energy. © Tjep Dubbed "Isolée," the three-storey dwelling is conceived to sit like a highly stylized filing cabinet in the landscape. Designer Frank Tjepkema tells Dezeen that Most retreat concepts are about 'back to basic', but this concept really tries to embrace technology and integrated design to take full advantage of self-sufficiency in a remote area. © Tjep © Tjep But self-sufficiency here seems to focus more narrowly on technological solutions rather than land-based ones, as Tjepkema explain...

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