The Energy Ensemble: How Form Emerges From Environment
Student | An-yi Cheng
Faculty | Lawrence Blough, Simone Giostra
School of Architecture, Undergraduate Architecture
A solar-based design process for a mid-rise housing prototype in NYC. Form-finding algorithms based on solar radiation inform building mass and the examination of natural systems influences alternative approaches to the design of the building systems, as well as the domestic and dwelling environment. The studio and project goal is to target innovative building mass and surface strategies that are energy efficient, generate on-site renewable energy, and produce a new vocabulary for sustainable construction.
Each scale from the massing to the chunk to the façade is related to primary and secondary organization of the building. Massing affects structure and interior space organization while cladding effects are limited by the depth of the envelope. The design is conducted based on two closely related indicators: solar radiation levels on the building’s exteriors and visual comfort in the interiors.