Adjacent to adobe houses built by the artist Richard Tuttle, this small construction sits atop a windy desert mesa. It is imagined like the tip of an iceberg indicating a much larger mass below. The form allows turbulent wind to blow through its center. The stressed skin and aluminum rib construction is digitally prefabricated in Kansas City then bolted together on site. A total of 31 metal panels, each with a unique shape are fabricated to form the “shell” of the house. The second Turbulence House, made for an exhibition in Vicenza, Italy, is in a private sculpture park in Italy. The metal fabricator utilizes digital definition combined with craftsmanship to produce intricate shapes. By means of parametric logic, materials can be converted into engineered assemblies with an accuracy once considered impossible.
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Ecological Innovation +
− Small, north-facing window openings minimize direct heat gain
− Cistern collects and recycles storm water from roof for site irrigation
− Cladding material of Galvalum flat lock seam to keep high albedo coefficient, reducing cooling load of house
− Radiant floor heating system, using electric heat pumps generated by roof PV cell, eliminates air-borne dust
− Photovoltaic roof panels generate electricity approximately equal to 1.0kw-hr/day sufficient powers to cover all domestic electrical loads for house