The shape of the building’s footprint is a direct result from wind studies. By combining the different wind charts, we arrived at the conclusion that the proper orientation and exterior shape should be modeled according to the direction of prevailing winds. This method prevents the structure from acting on strong wind loads, therefore avoiding friction and functioning more as a wind tunnel.
Inspiration for the external cladding of the house came from observing the abdomen (tail) of a lobster. The abdomen of the lobster’s exoskeleton has several functions related to the survival and re-productivity of the crustacean. The project’s external cladding plays a similar role as that of the lobster’s abdomen, providing a protective shell from which wind power and solar energy can be harvested.
The floor plan layout has been designed with a strong emphasis on maximizing scenic views of the surroundings, orienting the glazing on the north/south facades, therefore providing natural light and heating from the Sun during winter. Every interior space will have operable windows to provide access for fresh air.
100% of all Energy Loads will be supplied from photovoltaic film (laminates) and small wind turbines located on the double shelled exterior envelope of the building. We are also encouraging the use of an electric vehicle. The house and car batteries can be synchronized to share and exchange energy loads during peak hours.
+ Project facts
Type: International Competition
Architect: Organic Scapes and Architecture
Program: single-family residence
Location: Atka, Alaska United States
Status: Competition Entry
Team: Gabriel Belli Butler, Stefano Rocchetti
Building Area: 1365 sqft