Type: Research Project
Scientific Partner: Dr Svetlana Boycheva
This project explores the realm of unfolding possibilities where intelligence and biotechnology is embedded into architecture and ultimately how we will live our lives in the future.
3d printing could radically transform the way we design and build homes. The alpine 'tree' house gets its initial inspiration from the snow covered roof structures already found in alpine regions where spikes are located on the roof at regular intervals to help hold the snow onto the roof structure. The full surround spikes not only hold the snow on the structure over winter to provide insulation to the building, they also let circles of light into the space. Clear solar PV cells located at the ends of the spikes, which are kept warm to prevent snow cover, provide energy to the dwelling, which is stored in the bio-battery. No external power is required and water can be collected, purified and stored within the structure. Formally it has been driven by the micro-structure of snowflakes to create modular and varied homes. It is proposed that the crystalline, modular panel system, will be 3d printed with bio-materials and then assembled on site.
Prevention of global warming through sustainable design using new technologies
DOMESTIC & TECHNOLOGICAL COMPONENTS:
- Transparent 3d printed spike system on all faces for insulation and light-catching (Cellulose nano-crystals (found in plants, algae, and bacteria) have the ‘stiffness of steel, are renewable and biodegradable )
- Bio-energy generated from sunlight and reflections of natural light; housed in tree bio-batteries (Bio-batteries are wood pulp cellulose (“foam-like” aerogel); treated with electronic properties)
- Bioluminescent trees (GMO trees)
- Therapeutic Sleeping hammocks on a pulley system - similar to our urban therapy pods, the hammocks could provide a variety of therapies including vitamin D therapy.
- Re-fillable glass tube kitchen storage system and automatically watered and lit food growth systems.
In summer, with no snow packed onto the exterior, the alpine homes sit seamlessly within their environment. We would have some of the modular panels as openable to allow the houses to enjoy the warmer weather and be more open to the environment. A certain number of spikes would be allocated to provide natural ventilation to the space.