Open House New York is an annual celebration of urban planning & architecture. The event opens the doors to some of the most impressive structures for the weekend. This year, I participated by visiting the Solar Roof Pod. On my way up to the roof I was able to enjoy the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, a Rafeal Vinoly building at 141 Convent Avenue.
Before I begin to describe how inspired I was by the solar roof pod, I want to take a moment to remind us all of how the romantic gothic architecture sets this stage of a certain New York splendor that differs from any other neighborhood. The back seat of an uber can be so enlightening to watch NYC transform from one neighborhood to the next. It makes one's heart bigger.
After taking all of that beauty in, I was excited to make it to the roof to see the solar roof pod but was pleasantly surprised to see this velveeta colored ampitheater with a view of the Manhattan skyline like no other.. Imagine the creativity that ensues on this roof :).
Now, to the inspiration that brought me here! In line with the "small house" trend the pod exemplifies living small and solar. It includes a living room, a bedroom,a kitchen and a full bathroom with a washer/dryer. Apparently it can generate 11.6 MwH per year. This equals $2500 in utility savings while also preventing 4000 kg of CO 2 emissions.
I would be happy to live in a solar roof pod. In my eyes, I would be closer to the sun, moon and stars, be gentler on the environment, avoid street mayhem and have a "million dollar view"!