'M-house' by Michael Jantzen
Sustainable architecture, prefabricated housing, CO2- neutral living – all of these are not ideas from the last couple of years, even though the current media attention could create this impression.
The US of the 1960s – admittedly also due to the rising oil prices – was a hub for forward-looking and alternative architecture. Richard Buckminster Fuller, one could call him the guru of ecological thinking at that time, set new standards with inventions such as the geodetic dome – a masterpiece regarding the relationship between material use and constructive strength.
The Los Angeles-based Michael Jantzen, who met Buckminster Fuller as a student in the 1970s, is one of the few of that generation of architects who have stuck to the idea of revolutionising the traditional way of building and offering new architectural solutions in line with the flexible and impermanent life style we practiced long ago.
Inside the 'M-house' by Michael Jantzen
The M-house is one of Michael’s most expressive architectural works. Here is how he describes it:
“The M-house consists of a series of rectangular panels that are attached with hinges to an open space frame grid of seven interlocking cubes.The panels are hinged to the cubes in either a horizontal or a vertical orientation. The hinges allow the panels to fold into or out of the cube frames to perform various functions.
Some of the panels are insulated and contain windows and doors. These panels can completely enclose spaces that are heated and cooled. Other uninsulated panels fold in or out, over and around, open platforms to shade the sun, deflect the rain, or block the wind. Some of the panels unfold from the face of the cubes to become places to sit, places to sleep, places to work, or places to eat. Most of the slotted panels are oriented over and around these open platforms.
The platforms and the cube frames, are supported by adjustable legs which are attached to load bearing foot pads. In many cases the support frames do not require a foundation, and they can be adjusted to accommodate terrain variations.”
'M2-house' by Michael Jantzen
All of the M-house components are interchangeable and can be increased or decreased in numbers and size. The panels can be made in a curved configuration and from many different types of materials.
The existing M-house panels are assembled with a steel structural frame which supports thin sheets of a concrete composite. All of the exposed surfaces of the structure are painted.
The M-house was designed to function as a single private vacation retreat, or in multiple numbers and configurations, as a complete stand-alone, high-tech resort complex. The house can be designed to be self sufficient, powered by alternative energy sources such as the sun and the wind.
The M-vironments were developed to accommodate a wide range of markets. With different sizes, shapes, materials, and panel types, the system can be used for exhibit structures, pavilions, play environments for kids, retail spaces, office modules, and many other commercial applications.
Here an example of Michael Jantzen older works:
'Super Insulated Dome Cluster House' by Michael Jantzen, 1981
Inside the 'Super Insulated Dome Cluster House', 1981
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PTW Architects: The Watercube, National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, 2006. Photo: PTW Architects
A sustainable lifestyle involves consciousness-raising about the relationship between consumption today and the conditions for future generations. Sustainable development requires a balance between mankind’s consumption, the environment and the available resources. Sustainable thinking must be a natural reflex for the architect of the future. The architect works on the basis of a new order where the building as a whole meets the requirements and challenges of a sustainable future. Sustainable architecture incorporates environmentally sound measures and new ‘intelligent’ materials in an aesthetic and social programme.
These are the crucial themes elucidated in the big architectural exhibition at the Louisiana in the summer of 2009.
ECOSISTEMA URBANO, Madrid: Eco Boulevard i Vallecas, Madrid, 2008. Photo: Ecosistema Urbano
Architecture is facing what is perhaps the greatest new technological and aesthetic departure since modernism. But how is this manifested in down-to-earth as well as more sophisticated projects which together fulfil society’s human and technological visions? And has there been an architectural and artistic response?
Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna: SIEEB; Beijing, 2006. Photo: Daniele Domenicali
At present, epoch-making changes are taking place in architecture. New visions, the use of new, different construction materials, alternative structures and revolutionary proposals for the solutions to challenges when it comes to the development of sustainable cities, landscapes and environments, are on the agenda. Concepts like ‘paradigm shift’ have been used – that is, the idea that a new world-picture is emerging, starting in the 21st century. In this world-picture sustainability is a key concept. Louisiana’s exhibition Green Architecture for the Future takes the pulse of the process of transformation that is in full swing, and the exhibition will show some of the complex initiatives and future scenarios that are already being drawn up on the global scale.
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Level Green. Photos: Uwe Walter, Berlin
The Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany, launched a new exhibition.
Personal responsibility in the sustainable use of global resources continues to play an increasingly important role in the life of the average consumer. In this context, the offices of J. MAYER H. Architects and Art+Com Berlin were commissioned to develope a permanent exhibition on the topic sustainability for the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany. The exhibition Level Green was opened on the 4th of June 2009 and encompasses approximately 1000 m2, the exhibition renders this highly complex topic tangible, providing for an aesthetic access to information. In so doing, it seeks to unfold the various aspects of the topic while creating an information environment that addresses the visitor on different sensual levels.
The well known PET-sign was taken as a starting point from which the metaphor of the extensively branched web was developed.
Subject to constant re-evaluation based on the latest scientific findings, the term sustainability is characterized by a high degree of complexity. The architectural design of Level Green takes the numerous interdependencies of the topic as a starting point and translates this quality into the metaphor of the web. Similar to a continuous organism, the single elements of the exhibition are connected into one homogenous structure that houses all content and technical installations.
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New Heden project
Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects New Heden project transforms a vacant city block is a self-contained sustainable city interspersed with cycling paths and walkways. Envisioned as a ‘green lung’ for Gothenburg, Sweden, the development will introduce a beautiful expanse of fresh green space to an area currently consumed by parking lots and football fields.
by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects
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