MAD Architects Conjures “Living Garden” Pavilion With the Help of Solar Energy
What does the future portend for the home? A group of 10 international architecture firms each paired with a forward-thinking manufacturer to entertain that enquiry in “China House Vision,” an exhibition assembled last fall in Beijing. MAD Architects collaborated with Hanergy, a provider of solar-energy equipment, to conjure Living Garden, a 2,200-square-foot open-sided pavilion that dismantled spatial boundaries, creating what the firm describes as “an architectural landscape” for en plein air, or outdoor, living.
An open grid of bamboo and steel formed the undulating roof, its apertures fitted with panels of clear glass. Across the floor, timber planks established a path to the patio—or was that the living room? But green wasn’t just confined to the red oak and bamboo trees soaring inside. A system of solar panels strategically placed above the roof would harness enough sunlight to meet the daily electrical consumption of a family of three.
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