Techstyle Haus: An 800 Square Foot Fabric House That Uses 90% Less Energy

00:00 - 23 July, 2014
The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou
The planters filter rainwater, which is then reused to grow edible plants. Photovoltaic panels are arrayed along the curved roof. Image © Kristen Pelou

The Rhode Island School Of Design, Brown University and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany collaborated on a passive "fabric" house for the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe (which just wrapped up this month - see the winners here). In the following article, originally published on Metropolis MagazineMartin Pedersen reviews the remarkable house.

This summer’s 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is well underway in France, where a solar-powered village of twenty sustainable homes designed and built by college students from all over the country, has emerged on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, have teamed up for Techstyle Haus, an 800-square-foot house that’s not only a model of energy efficiency but an elegant piece of design as well.  

Learning Centre Biberach / Lanz Schwager Architekten

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz
© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wilhelm-Leger-Straße 2, 88400 Biberach, Germany
  • Team competition

    Sebastian Braun, Petra Martin, 
Johannes Oelschläger, Jan Voswinckel
  • Team

    Sara Hampe, Götz Förg, Sebastian Frerichs, 
 Andreas Kimling, Parthena Sachanidou, Helmuth Sperbe
  • Area

    15363.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Barbara Schwager, Konstanz

© Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz © Barbara Schwager, Konstanz +55

Hofgut / Format Elf Architekten

01:00 - 23 July, 2014
© Lothar Reichel
© Lothar Reichel

© Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel © Lothar Reichel +10

Building in the Metropolis MX - Gaeta Springall Arquitectos

23:00 - 16 July, 2014
© Gianluca Giordano
© Gianluca Giordano

From Architecture Forum Aedes. The exhibition "Building in the Metropolis MX" presents selected works from the Mexican studio Gaeta-Springall Architects. In their working process right through to realisation, architectural elements such as form, material and function serve a larger and more complex system: the City. Julio Gaeta, Luby Springall and their team take great care over designing the envelope in order to generate possible interactions through the porosity of the exterior skin. Here they set particular store by intelligent systems and technologies as the longevity and durability of the building lies in its efficiency and sustainability. Gaeta-Springall Architects dedicate themselves to space as an entirety, which they see as the “true stage of life”. For them, "Building in the Metropolis MX" means the linking of architectural, urban and social elements. It is here that they see their everyday work. After curating this year’s Mexican pavilion “Condemned to be modern” at the Venice Biennale, the presentation at Aedes is the second exhibition in Europe for Gaeta-Springall architects, already highly regarded in their home country. 

Mensa Waldcampus / andreas gehrke . architekt

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
© Ulrich ​Schwarz
© Ulrich ​Schwarz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (Waldcampus), Alfred-Möller-Straße 1, 16225 Eberswalde, Germany
  • Area

    1710.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Ulrich ​Schwarz

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Hörsaalgebäude Osnabrück / Benthem Crouwel Architects

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
© Jens Kirchner
© Jens Kirchner

© Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner © Jens Kirchner +36

Housing at the Old City Wall Berlin / Sohrab Zafari

01:00 - 12 July, 2014
© Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar
© Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar
  • Architects

  • Location

    Waisenstraße 30, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • Collaborators

    Thomas Zeissig, Daniel Behnke, Roger Mandel
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar

© Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar © Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar © Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar © Christian Dammert, Aviel Avdar +29

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall / ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart
Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart
  • Architects

    ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart
  • Location

    University of Stuttgart, Keplerstraße 7, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Design Team

    A. Menges, Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg, J. Knippers, Jian‐Min Li, Volker Schwieger, Annette Schmitt, Reinhold Müller, Benjamin Eisele, Alois Buchstab, Frank Zimmermann, Sebastian Schreiber, Frauke Brieger, Karl‐Eugen Ebertshäuser, Sabine Rieger
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart, James Nebelsick, Roland Halbe · Photographer Profile

Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart Courtesy of ICD/ITKE/IIGS University of Stuttgart +49

New Soundcloud Headquarters / KINZO Berlin

01:00 - 9 July, 2014
© Werner Huthmacher
© Werner Huthmacher

© Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher © Werner Huthmacher +27

Exhibition: Lebbeus Woods, ON-line

00:00 - 8 July, 2014
Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Aerial Paris. 1989. Copic Marker on tracing paper on board, 815 × 507 mm © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

The Museum for Architectural Drawing presents Lebbeus Woods, ON-line, an exhibition of the finest works of architectural theorist, draftsman, educator and architect, Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012). Curated by his longtime friend and partner Christoph a. Kumpusch, the exhibition brings together a collection of Woods’ visionary works that have never been exhibited before. The intensely rendered architectural and urban environments produced early on in Woods’ career are exhibited together for the first time. These ink and pencil drawings cover a wide range of Woods’ research and re-imagination of cities both real and fictive and support Woods’ longstanding desire to show the capacity of architecture as a transformative and eloquent force.

ICD-ITKE Research Pavilion 2013-14 / ICD-ITKE University of Stuttgart

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Courtesy of ICD-ITKE
Courtesy of ICD-ITKE
  • Architects

  • Location

    Keplerstraße 11, University of Stuttgart, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Institute for Computational Design

    Institute for Computational Design - Prof. Achim Menges Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design - Prof. Jan Knippers
  • Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design

    Prof. Jan Knippers
  • Research Development And Project Management

    Moritz Dörstelmann, Vassilios Kirtzakis, Stefana Parascho, Marshall Prado, Tobias Schwinn
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ICD-ITKE

Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Courtesy of ICD-ITKE Process. Image Courtesy of ICD-ITKE +56

DAS HAUS 2014 / Louise Campbell

01:00 - 30 June, 2014
© Koelnmesse, Studio
© Koelnmesse, Studio

© Koelnmesse, Studio © Koelnmesse, Studio © Koelnmesse, Studio © Koelnmesse, Studio +30

NOCKI / Leonard Hautum

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
© Yatri Niehaus
© Yatri Niehaus
  • Architects

  • Location

    The Open University in Southern Germany, Zeppelinstraße 73, 81669 Munich, Germany
  • Area

    143.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Yatri Niehaus

© Yatri Niehaus © Yatri Niehaus © Yatri Niehaus © Yatri Niehaus +16

Kessalao / Masquespacio

01:00 - 26 June, 2014
© David Rodríguez
© David Rodríguez

© David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez © David Rodríguez +16

Exhibition: What Models Can Do

00:00 - 26 June, 2014
Laurie Simmons & Peter Wheelwright, "Kaleidoscope House", 2001 © Simmons/Wheelwright. Photo Christian Wickler
Laurie Simmons & Peter Wheelwright, "Kaleidoscope House", 2001 © Simmons/Wheelwright. Photo Christian Wickler

A new exhibition in Germany looks at the history of the architectural model in contemporary art. It begins with a legendary model by Charles Simonds, covers the 1990s with Ludger Gerdes, Hermann Pitz and Thomas Schütte, and ends up in the present day with Alicia Framis, Hinrich Sachs and Carlos Garaicoa.

AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
© via Wikipedia Commons
© via Wikipedia Commons

Bonjour Tristesse is a social housing project designed by Portuguese Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Located in Berlin, the project was Siza’s first built work outside of his native country.  Siza’s design offers a meaningful precedent in urban densification, demonstrating a delicate balance between contextual awareness, creative freedom, and progressive vision.

Project site before construction. Image © Flickr user Hen's March © Flickr user Humberto Marum © Flickr user lortnoc © Flickr user jaime.silva +9

House 9,74 x 9,74 / f m b architekten

01:00 - 17 June, 2014

Arup's Latest Solar Panels Produce Energy From Algae

00:00 - 13 June, 2014
A view behind the BIQ House Solarleaf panels.  Image via GOOD. Image
A view behind the BIQ House Solarleaf panels. Image via GOOD. Image

Architects have been experimenting with the potential of building envelopes for years. Now, Arup has an interesting, Zumtobel Group Award-nominated proposal: the Solarleaf bioreactor. Developed in collaboration with SSC Strategic Science Consult GmbH and Colt International GmbH, this thin, 2.5 x .07 meter panel, when attached to the exterior of a building, is capable of generating biofuel - in the form of algae - for the production of hot water. More efficient than electricity and more sustainable than wood, algae is ideal kindling for producing heat, especially since it can be grown on-site. Moreover, the water in which the algae grows also collects solar energy, providing an additional supply of heat. More details on this sustainable innovation, after the break.