Environmentally Performative Design

Environmental Performative Design_UTS_2008_Jack Greenland Prize_

This project examined different design methods available for the design of environmentally optimised architecture. Through the examination of natural systems, particularly those of plants, different methods of designing and verifying environmental performance were established.

These tools included digital simulation tools allowing the design to be tested for airflow, light, acoustic and thermal performance. A digital model was refined iteratively as simulation data was generated.

The design brief called for an isolated research station positioned upon a remote salt water inlet. The design utilises many methods common to boat building, incorporating a semi-monocoque structure shaped to form a comfortable and protective shelter. It was designed to be resilient against its harsh environment.

The design was modeled in Rhino and simulation tests were carried out in Real Flow (Fluid Dynamics), Ecotect (Environmental Responsiveness), 3D Max (Lighting and Visualisation). From the digital model a scale prototype was made measuring 600mm x 300mm x 200mm. The model was exhibited in the Australian pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale.

2008_CAD/CAM Model_Rapid Prototype Plastic Shell/laser cut ply_600mm x 300mm x 200mm_ Rhino/Max

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