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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Solar House in Canada by Nacho Gias

 
July 9th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nacho Gias 

Insight:

The project main idea lay on the sun interaction with a domo located in New Scotland, Canada.
The first step was to find out how the building reacts to sun light in different day key moments all along the year. The use of a 3d software allows me to figure out which areas would be exposed to sun light and which ones would be into shadow. At that point, I found an area that would be always exposed to light.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

  • Architects: Nacho Gias
  • Project: Solar House
  • Location: Canada  
  • Photography: Jaime Diaz Alvarez
  • Software used: Sketchup, 3D Studio
  • Size:105 m²
  • Year: 2014
  • Status: Competition

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

Due to Canada cold weather, we need to optimize natural light. The building has a great windows along its whole surface so the house would have natural light inside every day at any time.

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Idea:
1_Analysis of daily life in Canada: at what time does each activity happens.

2_Activities classification: one group with the ones that requires direct illumination, another group with the activities requiring indirect illumination.

3_From the previous analysis, I see the sun position in relation to the Solar House by the time each activity takes place.

4_Interior distribution according to the sun position and the kind of illumination each activity needs.

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Description:
Swarm concept, great open space with multiple platforms at different levels creating an internal landscape. Those platforms are organized by sun incidence but also by the function they contain. The passive activities, such as sleeping, studding or reading, are in the ground levels. The more dynamic activities, such as social life, cooking or playing, take place in the upper levels. By this logic, the ground levels also search a bigger degree of privacy and self space, while the top levels are totally open to each other, creating a great swarm space where the members share all their activities and from each point you can check what it is going on in the full house.

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

One of the main goals of the proposal it is to create spatial diversity into the dome shell. The circle typology invites to centrality and to a radial space. The project aims to produce multiple situations, multiplicity of view points and heights. For social interaction it is mandatory each member is able to find spaces where differentiate his situation and point of view from the others. The homogeneity and deprivation of self singularities incapacitates the individuals to develop in society.

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

With this goal, the house becomes a great theater for daily life. All the available space of the dome participates into this function. The Dome becomes a great container of life, a background where people, their actions and personal objects become the main characters of the house.

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Image Courtesy © NACHO GIAS

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

Image Courtesy © Jaime Diaz Alvarez

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