Posts in Barbara Gehrung
SOLAR DECATHLON 2007

The Solar Decathlon is a biennial collegiate competition presented by the U.S. Department of Energy in which student teams design, build, and operate innovative solar-powered homes to a high standard of efficiency and comfort. Germany first joined the competition in 2007 in an effort initiated and led by Barbara Gehrung, representing Technische Universität Darmstadt. Competing against teams from the United States and Puerto Rico, Canada, and Spain, Team Germany was named Overall Champion for their certified Passive House design.

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VERDIGRIS

Located in one of the few original 1950s exposed concrete facades on Charlottesville's historic walking mall, the verdigris project was organized around the concept of high fashion as art. Fully embracing this theme, the design includes framing interior spaces to display clothing and accessories and lighting intended to evoke the mood of an art gallery. 

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ECOMOD SOUTH

In 2012, Barbara Gehrung was invited to provide passive house consulting services for the University of Virginia’s ecoMOD project. This initiative, supported by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission of Virginia, allows architecture students to design and build prototypes of affordable, modular, energy-efficient housing units for the commercial market.

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RUGBY HILLS HOME

The Rugby Hills Home project provided a much-needed update for a tired, undersized ranch house seated on a half-acre lot in the city. The addition of a second floor and the expansion of bedroom and living areas provided more space, and opening up the floor plan created the bright and airy feeling of a modern home. An update of all systems improved the overall performance and energy efficiency of the structure, and an emphasis on creating better connections between indoor and outdoor spaces further improved its curb appeal. 

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WESTWOOD HOME

A speculative urban-infill project for a local developer, the Westwood Home renovation brought a 1950's ranch firmly into the 21st century. Constructed with durable, low maintenance materials and a focus on contemporary use of space, Westwood was ultimately transformed from a cramped run-down space into a bright, healthy, and energy efficient home for a modern family. 

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