The 'Lotus House' is a 3D-printed, sustainable 650-square-foot structure designed by Team WashU as part of the 2018 Solar Decathlon China. The student team from Washington University designed and built the 3D-printed house in the northwestern city of Dehzhou, with the prototype serving as an example of an energy-efficient, eco-friendly construction.
The single-storey home design boasts distinctive outer curving panels that overlap with one another, giving the project its name due to its resemblance to a blossoming flower. Due to the unique shape of the structure, the design stood out at the competition for its non-orthogonal, space-saving design.
As well as being of cultural importance, the lotus flower lends organic design elements to the structure and promotes natural circulation throughout the home in accordance with feng shui.