A collaborative design process for housing in Washington (Magic Box) by 40 students of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain received an Encouragement prize of USD 5,000 each.Prizes awarded to sustainable construction projects in North America »
While deceptively simple in how it gives expression to materiality, the project merits distinction for its careful handling of issues pertaining to sustainable architectural construction. The collaborative scheme displays particular innovation, for example, in articulating a roof shape determined by wind forces as well as by proposing a movable patio that is responsive to seasonal changes in sunlight.
The deployment of phase-change materials is also to be commended, as is the functional flexibility of the design. The work represents an atmospherically sensitive intervention that is capable of adapting to changes in temperature and humidity, hereby expanding the notion of contextual responsiveness.
Considering the small scale of the case study, the research nevertheless offers promising potential for application under different circumstances and according to new environmental parameters, while inspiring curiosity as to its ongoing development. Deserving further merit are the elegant spatial qualities achieved with an economy of means.See more
Although deceptively simple in its outward expression, the project is merited for its insightful deployment of sustainable construction techniques. The collaborative scheme between the US Department of Energy and a polytechnic university in Spain is particularly innovative, for example, in proposing a roof shape determined by wind forces as well as a movable patio that is responsive to seasonal changes in sunlight.
The deployment of phasechange materials is also to be commended, as is the functional flexibility of the design. In view of such measures, the entry promises a high degree of adaptability to variations of climatic conditions, thereby providing a lesson on contextual responsiveness. Despite the small dimension of the case study, the research nevertheless offers promising potential for application at many scales and according to different environmental parameters. Of equal merit are the spatial qualities achieved with economy of means.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.50 MB) »See more
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