Bio Char

Student | Kumsal Akdogan
Faculty | Ariane Lourie Harrison, Jeffrey Anderson
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture

The project is about magnifying the presence of biochar. The focus is harvesting rainwater to produce potable water as a sustainability approach. The passive system collects and filters rainwater by using biochar tubes. The surface of the roof captures rainwater into the system. Integrating three vessels and layers of Biochar tubes captures the rainwater and filters rainwater down through gravity without using energy.

The project takes the filtering system to the architectural scale and makes the experience of filtration become a much bigger experience.

Rainwater Filtration Intervention – The project uses rainwater as a source to produce freshwater. Rainwater is the best source of potable water in terms of the sustainability approach.
The density and of the porous structure creates an unprecedented integration. Biochar accommodates a hidden aesthetic quality to the design. The exploration of the structure of the material – biochar- leads to the unique architectural language for the project.
The First Image: Magnified Biochar (
The harvested water is used not only for drinking but also is used as an evaporative cooling system for House 14, and the project ensures a gathering point for the public.
Section View:
The other entrance into the building from the back captures the acoustic effects of water which creates an engaging environment for exhibitions.
Dark Language
The concept focuses on aesthetic dominance to expand ecological awareness. The development process of the project’s geometry creates a dramatic effect with dark language.
The Hybrid model
The idea is to use carbon as a material for two different approaches in architectural scale. The one is an aesthetic approach by creating a form referring to carbon’s unique porous structure and blackness as an aesthetic language.