Team Tennessee’s Harmony House aims to bring a uniquely southern perspective to the universal challenge of energy efficiency and affordable housing. By combining modern technologies with southern traditions, Harmony House will serve as a sustainable and efficient home to a lower-income family while conveying the classic charm of a Southern home. A wide covered front porch, open living space conducive to entertaining, and plentiful outdoor space all lend themselves to the Tennessee traditions of family, friends, food and music.

Though inspired by historic architecture, Harmony House has a modern perspective on a family-oriented home. Sustainability, affordability and energy efficiency are all important elements of the new order of architecture, and Team Tennessee’s goal is to open up these avenues to low income families living in high-population density area.

Drawings and Renders

our vision




Construction Approach
Designed to Move
The house focuses on a modular design that is as easy to transport and construct as it is aesthetically pleasing.  At the competition site, we will spend a mere 9 days reconstructing our home, proving just how quickly our design can be built. Prior to this, we will transport our home from Nashville, Tennessee to Irvine, California. This 2,000-mile journey will be facilitated by our modular approach to building, in which fully-finished portions of the home are moved on different trucks and bolted together at the site of the competition, and later back in East Nashville.

Our Design
Harmony House employs efficient and intelligent engineering within its model of southern comfort to create the ideal energy efficient living space. With phase change materials to provide thermal mass, a solar thermal water heater, and innovative photovoltaic array, Harmony House will provide its inhabitants with an environmentally friendly home that is comfortable and enjoyable. An accessible and user-friendly control system will allow inhabitants to monitor the home’s energy production and consumption allowing the home’s systems such as the HVAC to run with optimal efficiency. Through this control system, Harmony House will also educate its inhabitants about efficiency and distributed energy production.

Green from the Ground Up
The house includes a floor of structurally insulated panels and a white reflective roof, providing passive means of energy efficiency. Additionally, the photovoltaic array employs novel bifacial panels, allowing for greater efficiency when coupled with the reflective roof surface.