Outside-In House

Concept design for living and growing food in the desert – Single Dwelling House, 2012


Tim worked in collaboration with an academic physicist, utilising the physicist’s invention consisting of a specially-designed glass made up of many glass prisms, which utilises solar energy to produce electricity whilst allowing the cooled daylight to pass straight through to the interior.


Water, for drinking and irrigation, was to be collected from the moisture in the air condensing on the cold materials of the roof at night.


The principal aim of this proof-of-concept project for the Saudi Government, was to create an indoor, food production space as part of the indoor living environment within the extreme heat of an otherwise unproductive and uninhabitable desert environment.  The innovative technology and design principles apply equally to any desert environment, including central Australia, thus offering food production in arid areas where currently this is not seen as viable.