Kennedy first presented the Soft House concept in 2008 in response to a challenge to build a pre-fab energy-efficient house that can generate its own power. The house adheres to what Kennedy calls "soft architecture," meaning incorporating green energy functionality directly into architectural materials. With its crashing wave of solar fabric strips, the Soft House appears to live up to its name.
The house's special fabric "can be moved to follow the sun generating up to 16,000 watt-hours of electricity - more than half of the daily power needs of an average household in the United States," the Soft House website reads. I see plenty of room for improvement, though. The U.S. Energy Information Agency reported that the average American house used 11,280 kilowatt-hours in 2011.
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According to MIT, the Soft House will be tested out and monitored as part of the 74-acre community in Germany. The goal is ultimately to replicate the original house anywhere in the world. With its flexible floor plan and curving interior, the test version does make green architecture seem a lot less hard.