SuAT receives 'Award of Excellence' at the competition 'Next Generation Sustainable House'
After having been selected as one the three finalist teams, the SuAT student team presented the project ‘Transient Boundaries’ for the international university architectural competition 'Next Generation Sustainable House, Taiki-Cho' on April 27 at the United Nations University, Tokyo. Following the presentation and a challenging question and answer session by the jury headed by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma, the project was ranked 1st, tied with the project from Keio University (Co+labo, Prof. Radovic), 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.
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 the integration of sustainable technologies in a excellent and exemplary way. The competition topic, a single-family house in Taiki-Cho, Hokkaido, Japan, was subject of the LowEx+Arch Seminar in fall 2011. Based on the results of the seminar, a student group consisting of Janine Erzinger, Susanne Büchi, Severin Ritter and Flavio Schnelli was selected to develop the entry for the invited competition. The seminar and competition project was tutored at SuAT by Michele Leidi, Anja Willmann, Christian Hersberger and Prof. Arno Schlueter.
About the project:
‘Transient Boundaries’ 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.
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