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ROEWU Architecture, London, United Kingdom

Wednesday 29 Feb 2012

Harnessing the weather man

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ROEWU explores the interaction of buildings with weather and climate through the dynamic interaction of materiality, light and air 

ROEWU believes that buildings provide a unique way for people to interact with their environments and the weather in particular. The work presented here shows the multiple ways in which this concern becomes architecture in their work.

The projects Bamboo Forest House and All-Weather House explore the interaction of climate and materiality in very different contexts. The Bamboo Forest House situated in the hot, humid subtropical climate of Taiwan, creates a loose porous screen which provides the owners with privacy and security while still maintaining a connection to the street. On the other hand, the All-Weather House is located in the cold damp climate of Ireland and provides a warm "shaggy coat" which envelopes a spacious light-filled interior but is constantly changing with the weather on the outside.

Though far-apart in location and climate both projects are examples of ROEWU's exploration of what they call the Digital Organic -organic materials organised and constructed through the digital, creating innovative interactions with local conditions for their occupants. The Light Catcher Pavilion and Envelope Dynamics explore people's interaction with changing light through the medium of digitally manipulated surfaces at different scales. While the Loop frames a previously unoccupiable space of the city by providing a wind screen which creates a new microclimate within the city. Finally the Hsinchu Tower is a project which takes these ideas and develops them at a larger scale by creating a space between inside and outside on every level . Currently in for planning, construction is to begin later this year.

ROEWU's strategy for the future is to continue to research the changing relationship of buildings and climate and to transmit that research into building. They believe that the increasing importance of climate-change and the resultant need for innovation mean that architects, need to be more visionary rather than less, more radical, more "meteorological" in our thinking.

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