LowEx+Arch Seminar

What effects do future building technologies have on architecture and how can sustainable systems be fluidly integrated into an architectural concept?

 

'EnergyHubs' in Zernez

What effects do future building technologies have on architecture and how can sustainable systems be fluidly integrated into an architectural concept?

In 2012 the course focused on the topic of EnergyHubs and their integration in villages. The task was centered on the combination of energetic functions (production, storage or distribution) and social functions (public spaces and activities).

Image: Energy Market Place [Ran Xu, Daniel Schürer]

The students first developed a village-scale energy concept focusing on a particular renewable energy source and then sketched the design of an EnergyHub for the integration of their energy concept in the village. The course was related to the project 'Zernez Energia 2020' and was carried out in collaboration with the Professorship Christiaanse and the Energy Science Center.

Image: Energy Market Place [Ran Xu, Daniel Schürer]

In a second phase three students were selected for the international competition 'Next Generation Sustainable House' in Japan, and based on their learning from the seminar they developed a design concept combining questions of energy and architecture.

> More on the competition entry the House of Seasons
 

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Architecture & Sustainable Building Technologies

 

Sustainable House in Taiki-Cho Japan

What effects do future building technologies have on architecture and how can sustainable systems be fluidly integrated into an architectural concept?

The selection of measures to achieve a zero emission operation and their architectural integration is the main task of the course. The agenda is not merely about technical systems, but about the study of synergetic solutions that consider both the demands of sustainability and of architectural and aesthetic criteria. The LowEx + Arch master course is carried out in the fall semester. During the course the students start by evaluating the potentials of a site and developing integrated sustainable design projects. Taking advantage of digital building models, analysis tools and energy simulation software, project-specific concepts are developed and evaluated.
In the fall 2011 the students of the LowEx+Arch course were confronted with a stimulating task: develop concepts combining architectural questions and sustainable building technologies for the participation to an international university competition. The topic was the design of a sustainable house for the cold climate of Taiki-Cho in Japan.
In groups of two people the students developed several project sketches based on different approaches that were combining questions of energy, CO2 emissions, spatial quality and aesthetics.

Image: student posters & studio crit

In a second phase four students were selected to further develop an entry for the international competition “Next Generation Sustainable House in Taiki-Cho”. After having been nominated among the three finalist teams of the competition, the SuAT students presented the project entitled “Transient Boundaries” in front of a jury headed by Kengo Kuma in Tokyo, Japan.

Image: student competition proposal & interior design

The project was ranked 1st, tied with the project from Keio University, Tokyo and ahead of teams from renowned universities such as the Tshingua University, China Academy of Art, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Architectural Association (AA), Aalto University, Technische Universität München, Politecnico di Milano, Universitetet i Oslo and Tohoku University.

Image: audience & congratulations

The project team received the 'Award of Excellence' from the hands of Kengo Kuma. The project ‘Transient Boundaries’ was especially mentioned for combining architectural design and sustainable technologies in an excellent and exemplary way. It features a radical concept combining diverse and flexible interior spaces with utilizing local and renewable energy sources to achieve a zero emission, plus energy house of high spatial qualities. The spatial boundaries of the house are also the interface of the energetic interactions between the inner and the outer. They occur as passive solar heat gains thought the glazed roof, natural ventilation to reduce cooling demand and the harvesting and storing of solar energy and ground heat. The building itself is entirely constructed from recycled materials such as cardboard, concrete and glass, thus drastically reducing its carbon footprint.



Download the Competition Poster

Competition Students: Janine Erzinger, Susanne Büchi, Severin Ritter and Flavio Schnelli.
Tutors: Michele Leidi, Christian Hersberger, Anja Willmann, Prof. Dr. Arno Schlueter.

 

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Radical Sustainability

What effects do new building technologies have on architecture and how can sustainable systems be fluidly integrated into an architectural concept? The goal - zero CO2 buildings - is set. The selection of measures to meet the stated goal and their architectural integration is the main task of the course. The agenda is not merely about technical systems, but about the study of synergistic solutions that consider both the demands of sustainability and aesthetic criteria. In the fall semester 2010 the LowEx Architecture course was carried out in collaboration with the Chair of Building Systems. In one of the most dynamically developing areas of Zürich - around the Altstetten train station - on the basis of architectural projects, issues of sustainable urban development at the local scale were discussed. Strategies for the densification and mixing of the quarter were developed. Taking advantage of digital building models and analysis/simulation tools, various concepts were tested and evaluated.

Image: Students Thomas Raosetta & Pascal Hendrickx

 

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