CREDITS: 1.00 LU/HSWCourse Description
The course looks at an unusual residential unit whose construction and forest-clearing site underline the, often provisional, nature of non-urban living. Made from innovative materials that highlight its singular design, the architecture becomes part of its natural surroundings thanks also to extensive, full-height lights. Spatial distribution is user-friendly, the whole program geared to produce livable spaces. The project is an example of how to combine occupant comfort and pleasing esthetics with the use of high-performance materials. The course includes many pictures, in-scale technical and construction drawings with legends, along with an explanatory article.
Learning Objectives – after reading the article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
- Analyze the construction materials of the envelope and finishes and describe the technical and esthetic benefits they afford.
- Describe how the architectural program, despite its strong visual impact, ensures the building fits harmoniously into its natural setting, minimizes its environmental footprint and provides a continuum between interior and exterior.
- Describe how the program combines occupant comfort with functional excellence.
- Assess whether the building offers new and different functions compared to traditional dwellings and if so, how these have been achieved.