Stephen Roe & Chiafang Wu

ROEWU Architecture – (UK)


Breathing Houses

Abstract: As energy becomes an increasing concern in architecture the design of many buildings is driven as much by their use of energy and how their forms can reduce that, as it is by more traditional concerns. Although architecture has traditionally been almost exclusively concerned with the shape and dimension of the visible, new developments in sustainability and building performance mean that architects must work more and more actively with the invisible energy-patterns of the environment.

This is demonstrated though a project for seven houses near Taipei in Taiwan. Air movement is encouraged through the form and configuration of the spaces both inside and around the houses. We will show how the houses are able to breathe, exchanging air with the surroundings, taking cool fresh air in from the forest to reduce energy use, increase comfort and reinforce connections to the natural world through their changing atmospheres.

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