Ecoscape designed by Open Source Architecutre is a prototype of a moutain cabin located along the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Califonia, USA.
The cabin is intended to adapt and respond to the weather conditions of extremely cold environmental climates and is viewed as an innovative approach to sustainable design. The project focuses on the concept of self-sustainability and utilizes feasible strategies that allows it to generate and produce its own source of energy.
The sturcture resembles a kind of dimpled, cratered surface that flows in a similar direction to the mountainscape and consist of areas of tension and compression which are beneficial to the overall design in terms of shading and daylighting. The uses of a south exposed facade allows for the most passive solar heat gain to reach interior spaces.
The programatic interior elements also work with the overall structure where courtyard spaces are directly located under the depressed areas gaining optimal direct solar exposure. The design of the building is receptive to daylighting and solar conditions throughout the times of the day where the exterior suface is particularily designed for the highest form of exposure, gaining maximum heat energy.
Ecoscape is designed by using an algoritym that locates and tracks the suns poisition for the purpose of maximizing solar absoprtion in general areas along the roof. The roofs surface also contains ETFE material which is a slim sheath that incorporates photovoltaics cells in order to store energy and implement sustainable measures.
By Amal Dirie