Beijing’s MAD Architects Unveil Self-Generating Energy Biophilic “Home of the Future”
You might think I meant MAD, and in a way, you could correct. This amazing design is mad in truly amazing technological innovativeness.
MAD, a Beijing based architect firm presents to us their “home of the future.” This is a prototype, a net-zero energy pavilion that successfully blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living, which they built, and presented at the 2018 China House Vision Exhibition inside Beijing’s Olympic Park.
MAD and Hanergy, a Chinese based renewable energy company, collaborated to create a “Living Garden.” This design integrates a curved lattice roof covered with Hanergy solar panels. Each panel is angled for optimized sun performance, and these panels generate enough solar energy to power a house of three occupants.
Conceived as an experimental model, “Living Garden” does not have much in common with a traditional house. Rather, the structure was built like an airy pavilion filled with lush green space and seating. The nature-inspired structure consists of three main parts: a series of angled solar panels, a latticed timber roof structure and columns and various living spaces and gardens on the ground level. The grid-like roof is inset with translucent, waterproof glass to provide shelter from the rain. Hard angles were eschewed in favor of organic curves, while the addition of feathery grasses and trees help soften the overall look.
MADS architects stated to the media that they are “Defying notions of the traditional home, where walls and roofs form boundaries, MAD’s design envisions an ‘en-plain-air’ atmosphere. Maintaining an openness toward the sky and its surroundings, ‘Living Garden’ sees life, (solar) energy and nature coincide, seamlessly blending together to create an architectural ‘living’ landscape — one that emphasizes humanity’s emotional connection with nature.”
The MAD Architects and Hanergy’s “Living Garden” platform is on show until Nov. 6, 2018. The 2018 China House Vision Exhibition was launched by Kenya Hara, a Japanese graphic designer, and curator, as a cultural research project. The exhibition features ten 1:1 scale “home of the future” pavilions.