Kids Energy House

Kindergie Huis (Kids Energy House) is a prototype for a doll’s house that can educate children and parents about green architecture and sustainable living. The House includes toy-like features indicating solar panels and solar hot water heating, cross-ventilation, green walls and planter boxes and, of course, an iconic wind mill. These features are not meant to be just representative, but are aspects for play and for promoting dialogue between child and parent.

The components for the the house can be flat packed, and are laser cut from a space filling template. It is constructed via a notching system and without the use of glue. The design is modular and staircases and ladders, green walls, roofing and evenfloors are re-arrangeable; this is conceived as a metaphor for sustainability and flexible living.

This prototype was designed by Guy Keulemans, Rachel Baker, Winnie Kwok and William Hunter in response to a brief by Duurzaam Eindhoven, aimed at improving energy usage in the Netherlands from an outsiders perspective.