Experimental house 1
The AIA House


Visualisation
Jesus R Velazco V
Project Architects
Gudjon Thor Erlendsson and Jeffrey Paul Turko
Year 2004
Emerging Materials

Experimenting with emerging high and low tech materials and their potential impact on function

Competition organized by the American Institution of Architects for the American suburban house of the future. The project uses high technology like ETFE and low technology such as orientation to construct a building driven by sustainability. All components are “cradle to cradle” materials.

The house is made of 3 distinguished elements, ETFE Texlon variable skin structure, internal solid volume and ground. The main structure is a steel ETFE structure that acts as the environmental control of all internal spaces. The ETFE volume is treated as a single open space that is occupied by “solid” private spatial elements. Functional behaviour of the internal spaces affects the ground relationship with private areas sunken into the ground and the public areas elevated slightly over the ground.

The functional elements of modern living are tested through their intertwining. Landscape and built volume are treated with the same approach, recognising the various internal and external functions of modern living through separation and integration, the live-work system.

Internal organisation consists of private and technological band of “solid” volumes, and open public volumes. The bedrooms are “solid” with external spaces that operate as play-relaxation spaces where harmful electrical equipment is separated from the sleeping quarters. An office in integrated with the functional volumes, allowing for an integrated use of the house as a place or work.

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