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'The Pearl': Shell-Shaped Solar House Is A Beachside Retreat (PICTURES)

First Posted: 04/09/11 04:48 PM ET   Updated: 06/09/11 06:12 AM ET

From Inhabitat:

Triangular tents, eat your heart out! This elegant dome-shaped retreat is where it's at. Dubbed 'The Pearl’ and designed by David Fanchon of Solaleya, the sustainably built home features a sophisticated shell-like design and large windows that provide a full 180 degree panoramic view of surrounding nature.

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'The Pearl' by David Fanchon of Solaleya is a perfect example of how even the most simple green designs can change the way we think about certain building types. The sustainably built home features a stunning shell-like design with huge windows that provide a full 180 degree panoramic view from the main living area. The integrated photovoltaic panels on the white steel roof collect sunlight, while passive solar design rounds out the home's energy-efficient profile.
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