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At the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, held in Madrid, the Canopea house of Rhone Alpes (France) team was named overall winner. 

The Canopea house is designed to fit into an urban setting, using a “Nanotower” concept. The design consists of small towers housing an individual house on each floor. The top floor hosts a common laundry, a summer kitchen and a relaxing place for all community, along with gardens and storage boxes. Very close in the ranking, in second place the Spanish Andalucia Team with Patio 2.12. The third prize went to the Italian Med in Italy.

Winnners are as follows:

1 Rhône Alpes (France)

2 Andalucía Team (Andalucía, Spain)

3 Med in Italy (Italy)

4 Ecolar (Germany)

5 Counter Entropy Team (Germany)

6 Odooproject, (Hungary)
7 Ceu Team Valencia (Valencia, Spain)
8 (e)co Team (Cataluña, Spain)
9 Prispa (Romania)
10 Team DTU (Denmark)
11 Tongji Team (China)
12 EHU Team (Pais Vasco, Spain)
13 Aquitaine Bordeaux Campus (France)
14 Team Brasil (Brazil)
15 Chiba Univertity (Japan)
16 Cem+Cem- (Portugal)
17 Astonyshine (France-Italy)
18 Grupo Pi Unizar (Zaragoza, Spain)

The  “Public choice Award” went to the Andalucía Team, with Patio 2.12, which was the house that won the most votes by the Villa Solar visitors. EHU Team (País Vasco) on the other hand was the team with more online votes. The Public Choice Award combining both votes was given to Andalucía Team. The Villa Solar will remain opened, free of charge, one more day, to give the public the opportunity to visit these innovative houses.

Recreated from original blog post authored by Nilesh Y. Jadhav at

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