presented on the Architecture bienal in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
from Sept. 24th, 2009 till Jan. 10th, 2010
The underlying idea was that a small ecological house should be very easy in construction and should require few materials to build. The most durable material is the material that is never been build. As the assigned surface only had 100m2 the idea was to create a broad sense of space, rather than creating actual space. This was done by drawing narrow long stretched spaces which enlarge the perspective. To facilitate construction and because even building a small house in an open space is never to be durable, the house was not conceived to be build in a open space.
I wanted to include a sense of outer space in the interior space feeling. Daylight and a sense of nature are brought inside through patios. The interior walls are visually extruded in the garden-walls, which are the backwalls of other similar formed houses. Putting timber-framed insulated constructions in this type of conglomeration, allows me to create passive houses. An other very important ecological feature is the use of two glass walls that give way to the different patios. This not only gives a very high heat isolation, but can also be used to acclimatize and to create a sense of space in the house.