A 4″x14″ box vase that is made from Wenge wood, an exotic handsome dark wood from Africa. I designed a geometric pattern and cut it out with an ancient CNC router, the “lacing” or tracking of the router blade is parallel with the geometric design creating a stepping finish on the wood–as seen in the pictures. The darkness of the wood and the ‘complicated-ness’ of the design create a subtle effect. The box slightly bulges in the middle, giving it entasis–similar to a Greek column–that ‘tricks’ the eye into seeing a more straight and vertical volume.
At BioclimaticX we strive to look at buildings as part of Nature, as humans are intertwined with their environment. Together they can create a synergy that will increase efficiencies of systems and reduce negative impacts of development. Designing with nature can lower energy bills, increase indoor air quality, and increase productivity of the building and the inhabitants. We enthusiastically embrace a reconstruction of nature, just as we would embrace ‘the real thing. ’ Humans have a strong proclivity to Nature. By guiding the design process with a sustainable approach that reduces overall environmental impact and integrates ‘reconstructions’ of nature, we achieve a product that gives people a new perspective on ‘Nature’ and ’systems-thinking’ and ‘ways of living.’ As designers, or just as humans, we are stewards of the earth. We draw from the fields of biophilia, bioclimatic design and architecture, perma-culture, horticulture, landscape architecture, genetics, hydroponics, aqua-ponics, and many others. The end result are sites and structures existing harmoniously optimized within their environment and operating at maximum efficiency. The unique geography of each site is translated into the site-specific techniques to ensure humans and their structure will best fit for resource use efficiency and inhabitant livability. Growing food and generating electricity on site are excellent techniques, but beginning the site plan design with maximization of these two techniques shows how to fully optimize human and nature integration. Houses built into the side hills in the South of Spain incorporate building techniques that are suited specifically for the unique geography of the community. The architectural techniques are most successful when the site and surrounding community are incorporated into the design. Working to create a more sustainable lifestyle for 100% of Humanity.