Piercy Conner Architects wins highly acclaimed Living Steel competition
The challenge was to create an economically viable alternative that would be expressive, joyful and responsive to the environment.
The SymHouse Mk.1 conceptualises the symbiotic relationship of a sealed, conditioned contemporary living space enveloped by a permeable responsive outer skin. As the two "natures" permeate each other, the in-between spaces become an outdoor room and the internal spaces engage with the landscape.
The permeable outer skin is created from a series of perforated steel panels that are positioned according to layered data from sun path studies, key views and privacy. The resulting facade is reminiscent of many screens and freezes found in Indo-Islamic architecture.
Construction of the prototype Symhouse Mk.1 will commence early 2006.