The Tesla Solar Cottage (formerly Tatibah Ralos) part of the Terra Homage™ Collection by James H Klippel has been cleared for construction in Costa Rica. Jim's off-grid concept home has won numerous awards for design innovation and simplicity, most recently recognized by the AIBD winning a Grand ARDA Award for Conceptual Design in 2017. The home uses a grid radius arc system of construction that requires only a grid of stakes in the ground and a string to set the foundation forms. This process saves time and money and is more conducive to the off grid construction in remote locations.
Featuring no straight walls or 90 degree corners, The Tesla Solar Cottage is a passive solar bungalow strongly shaped like a vesica piscis that comes in at under 1000 sq feet. The roof top terrace is an organic feature that has multiple purposes. "The homes roof top terrace was envisioned as a garden-roof for fruits and vegetables, but can be covered in ground cover plants to reduce the home temperature and provide local habitat", explains Klippel. Although the home can of course be hooked to grid systems, I designed this home fully ready to go off grid as is the case with all Terra Homage™ homes. Featuring grey water systems, solar and wind power, Tesla Powerwall, and ICF forms for high thermal mass the single story home means less air to heat and cool, allowing the passive solar features to work at a high efficiency level. Follow Terra Homage on Facebook for continuing updates on the construction process!