a desolate cooling tower searching for the meaning of life opens its heart to everybody who wants to be a part of the journey.
“The spirit of humankind is old within China”- and the spirit of the wise, smart, and childlike humanity of the fairytales, as if getting prepared to dream, in this spiraling endless “porcelain pillow” eventually guiding us to the clouds.
as nature comes up
The harmony between buildings and nature is one of the main characteristics of South Korean traditional architecture. The architecture never tries to compete with the surrounding natural beauty, but instead it attempts to respectfully merge and harmonize with the surrounding landscape, emphasizing the positive influence of the elements around, such as mountains or water. The main question here, how can we design farm buildings that are functional and create a sense of place while disappearing into the landscape? Respecting the natural landscape and ancient cultural heritage of the area, SPROUTE is a quest to a holistic design approach in an attempt to reconnect to the wisdom of the past with today’s technology. The layout of the project is inspired from the natural action of sprouting, like beginning to grow, shoot forth as a plant from a seed. As if the seed puts forth buds or shoots, the required facilities pop-up from a central core, feeding each other functionally. It is simply a defined route around a courtyard, in which this central area is enclosed by converging buildings that direct the processes of seed production, a very small portion of farming life. SPROUTE, as in Seed Production Route, is flexible and adaptable to change with this semi-open courtyard encircled with a canopy, allowing functional space for farm activity aswell as spaces for interaction between temporary farm workers and those who dwell there.
The angular openings in between the buildings are also crucial for both relaxation and privacy, while providing pleasing glances to the eye. The form of the canopy comes with a simple gesture of connecting the buildings in required heights, which naturally mimics the surrounding mountainous landscape.
In search for renewable and sustainable materials that could be locally obtained, instead of importing a material or construction method, eventually we were struck by the idea to use what we have in hand, in this case, easily accessbile straw (rice, wheat, barley etc) and red clay.
how can we develop a farming and production center, while fostering a community around it, with local materails and labour, turns into sustinable enviroment ?
Strawbale buildings and thatched roofs with modern technologies provide a rather unexpected sustainable living and as it honores the traditional farming culture, it wouldalso help buildings absorb carbon and provide fresh air, combined with no toxic-off gassing breathable wall systems that allow passage of vapour and air exchange. An ambient temperature, humidity regulation and excellent sound insulation from natural plastered (clay and lime) strawbale walls are a plus. A thatched roof ensures that a building is cool in summer and warm in winter. It would cut down energy bills up to %90. And it is fun!
encircling the courtyard with the facilities, giving a sheltered processing space for the products, and an easy access in between, also triggering interactions of the users and offering a communal space.
Anyone could participate in the building, especially in loadbearing or lightweight timber frame, fostering a community and creating a belonging to the place, it could also be designed for disassembly to better adapt and have a greater capacity for recycling and upgrading according to
changing needs in time. It will not take years to make it. And if not needed any longer, it could be returned back to nature for further processing without giving any harm. Simple organic finishes and the imperfection also makes it blend into the landscape easily and seamlessly and become the landscape itself.
offering a traditional lightweight roof structure lying over the facilities, creating a shetered and climatized enviroment under, also produced with soilbased masonary structures, that are sustainable, economical and energy efficient
and offering a building blending into the nature, with the revolution of the contemporary tradition