MATscape: A mosaic of materials, components, and spaces
evolved for these homes, asserting that nature and people are
CODE: The three-dimensional form results from landscape and climatic vectors. The
grid is encoded as an interpretation of the climatic inputs - solar path, wind forces,
rainfall, and ambient temperature - in reference to human desired services â€“ comfort,
light, air, water, and electricity. The coding grammar is replicable for other sites; the
results will differ appropriately.
EMPLOY: The homeâ€™s outer cell-wall mediates the incoming forces and nutrients
while releasing waste produced within the system. The grid accepts beneficial natural
energy sources while denying the unnecessary. The dynamic rules of employment are
partially defined by the media themselves and partially by the people. The structural
materialization reflects the life it supports; materials are net energy contributors either
as edible entities, power generators or thermal energy conservationists.
RESPOND: The mosaic skin is kinetic. No single time descriptor determines the
response of the grid. People adjust the louvers; shade the glazing; remove and place
insulation panels; and plant and harvest gardens in response to their individual
preferences and natureâ€™s forces. Rather than impose a sense of control, people
and nature thrive in cooperation.
SERVE: The built-form sanctions life at all levels. Soil pockets serve gardens, native
species, and the water cycle. Minute channels within the grid framework collect and
direct rainfall. The mass-flows from life within the home feed ponds and nutrient
producing compost. Participating in the logic of the home, the people determine their
consumption patterns to ensure that outputs become inputs for other processes. The
dense settlement of a triplex serves to connect families and to preserve nature
CONTINUE: Construction is a process of selection and assembly that occurs
throughout time. The interlocking panels can be updated, replaced, interchanged, or
given a seasonal rest. Pods can be reconfigured for changing family sizes. The result
is a systematic weave of materials and functions in which transition is symbiotic with
the continued well-being of the life in, on, and around the home.
Project credits: Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden, Whitney Jade Foutz, Wendy Meguro, Luis Rafael
A Material Mosaic Triplex
Side View: Kinetic Mediation of Nature + Services.
Wind Quills, generate power
using piezoelectric cells.
Site Plan/ Section: Land + Home Merge Together in a 3'-2" x 3'-2" Mosaic.
The "switch fabric" design enables the building to learn over time.
View North East: 50% Living House Units and Contiguous Landscape Elements.