Sun Pockets and Pathways

A humanly-scaled community of living units and courts.

The cellular expression of patterns of Biophilia are used to set the character/quality of the architecture:

  • Prospect and Refuge – Pathways offer expansive vistas and secluded courts offer shelter from ocean breeze
  • Thermal and Airflow Variability – Cross-flow and stack-effect alignments serve internal and external spaces
  • Complexity and Order – The form/texture of the community derives from incremental ‘cellular’ aggregation

Interior spaces accentuate the cascade of light at the ceiling boundary and vertical corners

  • Light shelves bounce light to the interior spaces
  • Shading fins provide ground-up and top-down shielding of view for unit privacy.
  • Photovoltaic electrical production powers heating, cooling, and lighting
  • Electrically driven ground source, closed-loop heat-pump chillers provide heating and cooling
  • Raised-floor displacement ventilation with local tempering of external ventilation
  • Hydronic floor plates function serve seasonally as heated slabs or chilled beams
  • The perforated-metal south walls temper cross ventilation air
  • The plant-tray north walls oxygenate cross ventilation air.
  • Ventilation towers create a temperature differential between ground plane and sky to enhance the flow of air within units and across exterior spaces.
  • Roof gardens provide for socialization and food production
  • Evacuated Tube solar hot water collectors heat domestic water

Water harvesting is organized from roof-scape to the ground-scape:

  • Rainwater for irrigation and washing
  • Gray water for flushing
  • Black water for cleansing with Living Machine technology
Tuesday Poster Session
Robert J. Koester
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