Florian Busch Architects フロリアンブッシュ建築設計事務所

Snowed in.

Echigo Tsumari Australia House

2011


This competition for the new Australia House, an artists-in-residence and exhibition gallery, was set in one of Japan’s most heavily snowed-in areas. One of the main tasks was a design that would keep the roof snow-clearance free and at the same time provide a comfortable space during the extremely hot summers.

 

Initial studies focused on myriad ways to make the roof a structure that would deal with the snow. Not satisfied with the invariably overarticulated geometry of such a roof, we ventured to find a solution that would deal with the snow in winter as it would with the heat in the summer: take it away.

 

It turned out that exactly this is feasible with a very simple concept:
In a radically liberating move, we proposed a structure clad in water. Remotely reminiscent of irrigation techniques used in the area’s rice paddies, the abundant ground water is ‘borrowed’ to flow up the roof where it melts the snow in winter and cools the building in summer. Like a pool overflowing, the water then freely flows down the sides of the house before it oozes back into the ground.

 

In winter, the snow is melted by the relatively warm ground water and thus never gets a chance to accumulate. In summer, the slowly flowing cool ground water reflects the sun and the water curtain façades cool the breezes going through the building.

 

In contrast to the widespread scarcity of water in Australia, the Australia House in Niigata is a house of water where centuries of technology found in the rice paddies the area is famous for are turned into a locally sustainable environment of cultural exchange.

Echigo, Niigata, Japan
越後、新潟、日本

Type:
Mixed-use, 複合施設

Status:
Competition, コンペティション

Project Team:

FBA: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Tomoyuki Sudo, Momoyo Yamawaki, Nao Yasui, Edith Prakoso
Collaboration with Wayne Moskwa
Structural Engineering: OAK (Masato Araya, Tomonori Kawata)
Environmental and mechanical engineering: ymo (Hiroyuki Yamada, Naomi Kagawa)
FBA: フロリアン ブッシュ、宮崎佐知子、須藤朋之、山脇ももよ、安井尚、エディス プラコソ
コラボレーション: ウェイン モスクワ
構造: OAK 新谷眞人、川田知典
設備: ymo 山田浩幸、賀川尚美



130 m²
LVL structure
木(LVL)造

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