Hidden House, the latest project from 123dv proved to be challenging, but also very exciting: they were asked to design an ECO House.
In a time when words like sustainable, ecological and green are almost an obligation, they are often only used as a label. Thanks to our friends from Mode:Lina we were involved in a Polish design competition. The assignment was clear and simple: design a house for a standard family, on a standard location, but with a highly sustainable performance.
We had faced this topic before in previous projects, but it had not yet been used as core of the design. For this competition we were asked to be bold, to push to the boundaries of sustainability. It took us several brainstorm sessions to find the right strategy, but at the end we all agreed on one thing: our answer to the question should be architectural. Since we are not engineers, biologists or scientists, we had to look at it from an architectural point of view: does the house contribute to the quality of daily life?
As architects, we deal with space, organization, shapes, light, materials… So we took a basic shape (rectangle), used an age-old natural and ecological recourse (geothermal heat) and combined the two. The house is a rectangle of 28 by 9 by 4.3 meters that for two thirds has been plugged into the ground under an angle of 21 degrees! With one gesture, we created both a strong visual statement and a high performance energy standard. Simple, strong and efficient, but not without consequence. We also had to deal with the psychological impact of living in a sloped house, underneath the ground and with little natural light. We solved this by taking the daily life cycle into account for every floor. The more private spaces are underground and sheltered from the outside world. The living spaces are located above the ground in contact with the light and the surroundings.
‘Bridge House,’ by firm 123dv is their latest realization made in Achterhoek, Netherlands. The house was designed to be self efficient and sustainable. At any time, the occupants can go off the net without losing their energy supply. Water is drawn from a private well, and the practical and sustainable built-in features include solar panels, roof and floor heating through thermal energy storage, reuse of rainwater, a septic tank, shielded power cables, and Heat Mirror glass. The windows glasses are acting as efficient and environmentally friendly awning, cooling the house and keeping out excess heat.
The Nomad System designed by Jaime Salm and Roger Allen from Mio is a fantastic double-wall cardboard modules that can be transforms into endlessly customizable architectural system to separate a room to another or free-standing, sculptural screens, temporary partitions, rooms or even displays. The Nomad System is made of entirely green material.
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My Exhibition is back with a new autumn event “Green Home Design, living the present” an exhibition on architecture, sustainable building and energy efficiency organized by My Exhibition in collaboration with MADE expo and patronized by the Green Building Council.
Within its surface area of 1600 sq m, Green home design offered hospitality to three houses, one playschool, a congress hall and a lounge area with Bio bar, all of which were proper prefabricated 1:1 scale structures. The designers of the project, Aldo Cibic, Marco Piva and Massimiliano Mandarini presented their own interpretation of contemporary architecture with projects that combine aesthetic research, functionality and energy-efficient solutions.
For Green Home Design the Cibicworkshop has designed an installation in scale which consists of two houses built with two innovative solutions: the technology of hemp and a dry system with metal frame.The house in hemp is a way of building contemporary with natural materials. Although
today has almost disappeared in Italy, hemp was an essential element of the Italian agricultural production history. Building today with this material means build new economies of the region with the latest environmental and energy performance requirements.The house will be built with the dry system with metal frame, however, is an innovative technical that combines high performance building and energy with a radical reduction
of construction time. This structural system enables the use of traditional materials in new ways resulting in a completely recyclable, anti-seismic and solid construction time very low and controllable.
The real need of this “Green-oriented” approach is to develop new ways of conceiving the residential structures and service to meet the needs of different lifestyles that are becoming increasingly complex and varied and, at the same time, to make the best use of natural resources by implementing measures to reduce energy consumption needed the realization of the structure and its subsequent operation over time and, ultimately
reducing all forms of pollution that might arise.Hence the concept of the exhibition “Space for Life” project by Marco Piva for “Green Home Design” Made in 2012. Read More…
Matchbox House,based in Ann Arbor, Michigan is a green house with four bedrooms, 1,740 sf of conditioned space and a one car garage. For the design, the architect’s got inspired by matchbox due to its rectangular structure. The house is on track to receive LEED Platinum Certification.
For the second consecutive edition, Onyx Solar has participated to the European version of this prestigious international competition that promotes research in the development of efficient houses. Solar Decathlon brings together 20 proposals from 15 different countries to design and build solar-powered houses that consume as few natural resources as possible. Onyx Solar participates in the competition with the SMLsystem house, where has been integrated two cutting-edge photovoltaic systems: a PV façade based on CIGS technology and a PV walkable floor (patented by Onyx Solar) that supply electricity to this self-sufficient house. Read More…
The Endesa Pavilion has been designed by Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia designed as part of theSmart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain. The modular structure is made of wood panels that sculpt volume and respond to the orientation of the plot and sunshine.
The structure brings the distributed intelligence concept to the realm of architecture through a multiscalar aproach. The project aims to define an adaptative constructive system able to respond each solicitation at the lowest scale.
By doing this, each single module could answer to his own structural, energetical and enviromental needings. The skin will act as a network of inteligent nodes, a “solar brick” that protects from the solar radiation, collects and storage the energy the data at the local scale. During one year it will perform as a meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as a benchmark for smart grid technologies.
Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante introduced us her latest concept: a Solar Flaoting Resortthat would be entirely self-powering thanks to the dye-sensitized solar cells which would be integrated into the vessel’s walls.
Convinced that solar energy is the solution to global warming and environment issues, Michele Puzzolante, Italian Industrial Designer, decided to get involved in the green energy new era by inventing a unique building integrated photovoltaic concept totally self-sufficient energy generator, non-polluting and in unison with its natural surroundings.
‘Bamboo Booth’ was exhibited in the “Vietnam Architecture Exhibition 2012″, held in Hanoi for 5 days in April, 2012.Bamboos were chosen to express Vietnamese architecture culture. To cope up with the short construction time period, bamboos are placed straightly like brickwork to create massive wall, floor and roof in a minimalist manner.The Company calls it “bamboo masonry”, or a quasi log house structured by bamboos.
Accordingly, bamboo nails and wedges, rather than metal joint, are used for the connection. Steel wire is minimally installed to decrease the deflection of the wall and roof.