Living Envelope

2008, 2nd-Year Undergraduate Architecture Studio

Under professor Peter Laurence. This studio project involved treating the walls and roof of the building as a substrate for organic growth, hence the title Living Envelope. I proposed two hypothetical building products towards this goal. BioBlox CMU was a semi-permeable, load bearing block, with pockets that allowed for integrated plant growth on the facade, or places for birds and squirrels to make nests or stow nuts. Underground Roof Company was to sell prefabricated greenroof panels with integrated environmental systems. The two product designs were functional as both energy efficient building strategies and as habitat replacement for displaced flora and fauna. These products were then integrated into a building design proposal for a new campus institute on sustainability.