Design an exterior annex for a married couple, considering that one of them had to avoid direct contact with the sun due to health conditions that restricted it.
Concept: With contemporary minimal elements create an exterior space that could filter the sun light, with natural and architectural elements.
Credits: Amin Serulle Amin Abel Oscar Pina
COMPUTER SIMULATION CENTER
Challenge: Study natural microclimate behaviors and apply them into the architectural conception.
Concept: In this case the project simulates the behavior of a cave.
During summer the building gets sun heat on specific points creating a convection dynamic expelling the contained hot air while keeping inside the cooled air. During winter the container mass isolates the interior spaces from the exterior, keeping the air at soil temperature, therefore hotter.
Jurors: Kengo Kuma, Hirokazu Suemitsu.
Credits: Oscar Pina
Hybrid Housing Research and Refugees Families Reunion
The research project was founded by University of Tokyo in cooperation with private companies in the field of building industry (Mitsubishi Plastics, AGC Glass). The goal of the project is to build and test structures of a new kind of sustainable hybrid building system, which utilizes water as building material. The buildings will be built in Fukushima next to temporary housing for people who lost their homes during the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 to improve their life conditions.
Innovation and transferability: -use of water as building material -new energy model for built environment based on the energy distribution capacity of joint water volumes in building -2 years monitoring after completion, comparative life cycle assessment for the project -dissemination of knowledge in conferences and peer reviewed publications in the next 4 years
Ethical standards and Social Equity: -reconnection of elderly Tohoku Earthquake refugees (living in temporary housing) and their younger family members (living in larger cities) with the project buildings (housing for visitors, tea houses for ceremonies, park and community center) -raising awareness of refugees life conditions in Tohoku area, still living in temporary housings after 3 years -collective approach in design and construction: project is distributed in stages design decisions are made together with refugees community, university and private companies (supporters) -light construction system supports evolvement of local community in construction combined with students of university
Planet: -low embodied energy and CO2 emission (water is zero embodied energy) -all used materials are recycled or recyclable (aluminum, glass) or natural state (timber, water) -hybrid structure is light during construction and heavy in operation, simple building and low transportation costs or pollution -energy-effective and self-sufficient operation, based on renewable energy sources -high inbuilt thermal mass and good thermal comfort -project "afterlife": after demolishment of temporary housings, the project serves the remaining community as a park with kept teahouses (the rest of the buildings will be disassembled and recycled)
Economic Performance: -financing model: public-private-research partnership 1. financial support of private companies to develop new technology in their field of interest (building materials) 2. research involvement of university for publication, public service and generate scientific results 3. public involvement (refugees), benefitting from project while using the facilities, but also supporting the research by assuring more realistic results for monitoring and by giving valuable consumer feedback on the technology
Contextual and aesthetic: -introduction of water as a building envelope material for new spatial experience (fluid refraction and distortion of light) -reunion of families in nature -project afterlife as park for spiritual contemplation
Credits: Matyas Gutai Oscar Pina
Challenge: Create a space for nature exploration, where kids can learn about the native flora while being fully usable independently of the season or temperature.
Concept: Create a gallery below the ground level, where kids and adults could explore closer native species planted outside the building.
Credits: Matyas Gutai Oscar Pina
Challenge: As architects, we must understand the immediate human, natural or architectural context, where our intervention will take place and in order to do that usually we follow the Situationist’s Derive strolling without any particular direction around the city and then creating models or story based scenarios depicting this context. In the other hand Social Network Sites (SNSs) are compiling all sorts of data about our urban life experiences within photos, videos and music updating in real time the rapid transformation of our contemporary cities in both cybernetic and physical worlds.
Concept: Create a tools that address a fast changing contemporaneity, working along side with the SNSs channeling the end user’s perspective and context to the architectural work through mapping as collective construction tool.
After analyzing Chaparro Valderrama’s culture process components and Charles Peirce semiotic elements, we proceed to interpret the Internet users’ pictures, post-classified into Codes, Symbols and Expression guiding the context’s dissection in mapping conclusions.
Credits: Oscar Pina
_ _ _ _ _
For further information you can download the summary here or please contact me.