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Meme Meadows Experimental House by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Meme Meadows Experimental House by Kengo Kuma and Associates | sustainable architecture |

This translucent cabin by architects Kengo Kuma and Associates is an experimental house in Hokkaidō, Japan, designed to test the limits of architecture in cold climates.

Inspiration came from the traditional architecture of the indigenous Ainu, whose "Chise" style buildings clad with sedge or bamboo grass hold in the warmth of a central fireplace that is never allowed to burn out.

"The fundamental idea of Chise, 'house of the earth,' is to keep warming up the ground this way and retrieve the radiation heat generated from it," say the architects. The Experimental House was constructed around a coated larch frame and it has a thick layer of polyester insulation sandwiched between the polycarbonate cladding of the exterior and the glass-fibre fabric of the interior. This insulation was made using recycled plastic bottles and it allows light to pass into the house through the walls.

As the first experimental house completed for the Meme Meadows research facility, the building will be used by the environmental technology institute to test how different factors affect the thermal qualities of its construction.

Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:38 AM

There is a new group of trendsetters uniting architects, designers, tech guys and just curious-all-of us, creating new mashups that can turn into future trends some day


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Alaskan EcoEscape Permaculture's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:39 PM

Interesting green build????  It's certainly not a natural build though.


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Climate Responsive Pavilion Uses Laminated Metal to “Bloom” in the Sun

Climate Responsive Pavilion Uses Laminated Metal to “Bloom” in the Sun | sustainable architecture |

Architecture has long been valued for its static nature and sense of permanence. Increasingly, however, architects are working to make buildings more responsive to users and to the climate.

Often this is accomplished through mechanical means, but architect Doris Kim Sung, of LA-based DOSU studio architecture, looks building materials themselves can be responsive, integrating changeability into the structure itself.

The dramatic shell-like form of her recent pavilion, Bloom, suggests, an interest in cutting-edge digital design. While this is also the case, Bloom’s true innovation happens more slowly, through the bending of 14,000 metal tiles according to heat levels generated by the sun. With an aluminum frame supporting the panels, the design is a monocoque structure with a load-bearing skin.

For Sung, Bloom is just the beginning of what responsive architecture could be. Harnessing digital technology, advanced fabrication, and new materials point to dynamic new possibilities for the discipline.

Lauren Moss's insight:

A very interesting exploration of material and technology, in the architectural context of a unique and innovative pavilion installation.

The implications of new, climate-responsive building materials are vast, and it should be fascinating to see what the future holds for their applications in the built environment...

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