The Oil Silo Home designed by


The Oil Silo Home, designed by in Berlin, recycles oil silos by transforming them into affordable houses!

An oil silo is a storage container for compressed liquefied petroleum gas. There are approximately 49,000 oil silos in over 660 oil refineries worldwide! As the human population increases at an exponential rate, oil discovery decreases at an exponential rate. Soon all existing oil silos will be abandoned as fuel storage containers.

The Oil Silo Home is a 100% self-supporting housing solution for the post-oil world. It’s highly structurally stable, waterproof, efficient to assemble and disassemble, and has the capacity for prefabrication and mass production. Waste and embodied energy are dramatically reduced by the Oil Silo Home. The silo’s spherical shape optimizes surface area for collecting solar energy. As a carbon-positive design, the Oil Silo Home can actually contribute energy back into the grid.

Location: Detriot + Global


The Oil Silo Home is designed to generate energy while simultaneously reducing energy use. Our design comprises an integrated set of passive sustainable installations augmented by the silo’s inherent spherical shape. The Oil Silo Home exceeds a carbon-neutral classification and ultimately strives to achieve a carbon-positive rating, thereby benefitting the environment by producing more energy than it consumes. The 700 existing oil refineries have great potential for redevelopment. Refineries can actually be converted into thriving green communities which generate clean energy. Oil Silo Home communities have the capacity to effectively transform existing refineries into mega solar plants which produce clean energy.


The Oil Silo Home is divided into three separate units accessible by a central pneumatic elevator and exterior walkway leading to the roof garden. Living and sleeping spaces circumnavigate the circular plan to provide copious natural lighting. The multi-generational home encompasses one full floor plate while the smaller two and four-person family homes are divided into two levels. All units feature large openings equipped with prefabricated balcony units for generous open-air ventilation. Interaction between neighbors is facilitated by situating the main entrance of each unit along the exterior walkway, thereby maintaining communal connection while providing private terrace space for each family.

UNIT 1: 2-Person Young Family Area: approx. 90 m2
UNIT 2: 4-Person Nuclear Family Area: approx. 180 m2
UNIT 3: 6-Person Multi-Generational Family Area: approx. 225 m2


The Silo Home Community is interconnected with a shared resource infrastructure.  While resources are produced by individual mechanisms throughout the community, all resources are pooled and shared to maintain sufficient levels of energy, water, and clean air.  This unified system of resource allocation meets the needs of all citizens of the community while conserving resources and minimizing waste.  For example, windmill-derived energy and surplus energy generated by solar PV cells in silo homes are transferred to electric charging stations and community buildings throughout the local district.

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