Yesterday the Pro Clima Hub hosted the Living House for our Biophilia Workshop.
As a requirement of the Living Building Challenge the project must be designed to include elements that nuture the innate human/nature connection.
To comply each project team must engage in a minimum one all-day exploration of the biophilic design potential for the project. The exploration must results in a biophilic framework and plan for the project that outlines the following:
1) how the project will be transformed by deliberately incorporating nature through environmental features, light and space and natural shapes and forms
2) how the project will be transformed by deliberately incorporating nature's patterns through natural patterns and processes and evolved human nature relationships.
3) how the project will be uniquely connected to the place, climate and culture through place based relationships
the provision of sufficient and frequent human nature interactions in both the interior and exterior of the project to connect the majority of occupants with nature directly.
This is big stuff and we were a little lost and bewildered on how to address this. Luckily The most fantastic Yoshimi and Jon Brett (from the Tanglewood LBC project), in conjunction with Sally Freebain, facilitated this workshop for us using the Tetra Map process. This was a total voyage of exploration for us as we have never really been exposed to Biophilic Design and certainly had had no exposure to Tetra Map.
What a wonderful day! Our supporters came out in force to support us through this workshop and provided some wonderful ideas and insights into how we could improve the design of the Living House to better connect with nature.
Here are some of the idea and inspirations outputs from the day that we will likely be implementing in the design to meet the above requirements (in due course we will write out proper plan and will post it on this website):
1) Replace downpipes with rain chains and natural collectors
2) Add a 'coat check' to the entry of the Living House as a reminder that they are entering a Passive House and therefore will not require all the hats, jackets and scarfs that they are wearing.
3) Break up the current rather severe and straight rammed earth frontage with natural materials like:
a)timber shading screens to the north facing windows
b) leaning out rammed earth walls
4) Better use of transition spaces
Turn the entry and stairs into a 'hero' by potentially creating leaning out rammed earth walls, a light well for the st