H.O.T.F. | House of the Future
Living off the grid in Bangkok Noi, Thailand
A proposition from studio instructor, Frank O. Gehry, the introduction of "PWRpack". A system to remove the external infrastructural impact on a dwelling.
" what can architecture become, once the infrastructural ties are cut?" - RLK
The PWRpack is an idea, at some point in the future, a resident will re-harness the use of their own resources. Renewable energy concepts such as air vapor extraction, wireless power grid expansions, wind power generation, water recycling, advanced composite materials, nano tech building materials, and conductive material finishes. Can provide a resident with enough water, power, and connectivity to generate enough energy to process these renewable systems independent of sold resources.
Research and Design of "HOTF" early on followed such existing mechanical theories as Moor's Law, to orient this idea of future resource independence along side the plausible advancement of processing. In the discussion of advancing smaller and smaller units of complex information processing through hardware revolutions, "off the grid living" becomes a reasonable assumption, as we see our own personal technologies advance daily. In 50 years the computer has come from a room filled with hardware to a watch containing nano sized computer chips with infinitely more power and ability then its room sized ancestor.
HOTF or House of the future, makes an attempt to think of a dwelling removed from outdated rigid infrastructural ties our current resource distribution systems operate on. Systems such as metal water pipes, electrical conduit, and single source generation/ distribution points. Require the dwelling to conform its form and function for limited technologies. With the advancements of how we receive, distribute, and use water/ power; we no longer need the current commercial resource market or it's bleak contrast of living under candle light and water wells. Then, our walls can begin to move...
SITE IDENTIFICATION | Bangkok Noi District, Thailand
( 13.7628° N, 100.4781° E )
Along the Bangkok Noi river, a few miles adjacent downtown Bangkok. A rural community of settlers and citizens reside. The terrain is soft and unpredictable as the extreme weather conditions transition bi annually. This high density area experiences monsoon conditions roughly half the year, causing high floods to take over the landscape. Thus, require a unique design need for the local architecture.
A resident's adaptation to the extremes of the tropical environment type, point out some progressive design parameters for design research. A First thought, independent resource generation and distribution.
Considering one of the two existing living status of the area being settler or citizen. The most fruitful conditions to design to, would be the settler. Settler’s dwellings, reinterpret a type of vernacular architecture descending from the Malay house model.
The construction of the Malay architecture is typically by the resident. Commonly, the builder is not of a building background and cannot afford to choose the material types. So the dwellings are layered up of scrap materials such as plywood and sheet metals. On average, these settlers have little to no attachment to the current energy infrastructure sold by local municipalities.
VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE | Mayla House Typology
PRECEDENTS BUILDING | Octospider, Thailand
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION | Home Programing
Creating the house of the future requires interesting accessories and functions, however, none of these are applicable without reason, also known as, program. The reason is the demand of the uses each space is designed for with a degree of flexibility in some. Simple programs for this study were adopted from the vernacular architecture of the Thai Mayla. Through a few organizational studies presented in the matrix below, some interesting relationships are formed between program blocks.
MASSING | Climate Surface Mapping
Adapting to the climate was a second massing exercise to begin driving the concepts for settling with a form. Mapping some of the seasonal wind directions and sun paths against the chosen orientation for program massing blocks. This mapping exercise would be applied directly to the surfaces to form a 3D topography of the climates interaction with the building.
MOTION BOX | Architectural Puppet
An approach to the future topic, Robert introduced the topic of motion in architecture to the faceted construction the building for was already taking. Embedded within the edges of each building surface would be a tubed frame. The tubed frame would attached to a common joint at each intersection. The connection being loose enough to allow a flexibility in the form. This opens the building form to a multiple orientations to satisfy the current needs of each program. Either reacting to climate or function to adapt and amplify the efficiencies of the occupiable and functional space.