house for plants

 

Date: 2014

On exhibit at the Gund Hall - Harvard Graduate School of Design: March 2015 – May 2015

BBC Release - 2014

Harvard GSD Platform 7 Publication - 2014

Harvard GSD Studio Booklet Another Nature Publication - 2015

Qinghua University Press/Canopy Publication

Instructor: Jun'ya Ishigami

TYPE: Architectural Design; Model Making; Industrial Design - project at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

 

 

I feel that the relationship between humans and nature is unfair, as it appears that everything is designed for human beings. From urban planners to architects, they place humans at the center. They never carefully design a natural space. It seems that humans are at the center of everything artificial or non-artificial. We should not be so anthropocentric.

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DESIGN THINKING

 

Human beings and nature shouldn’t occupy an unspoken hierarchy: the natural environment and human beings are on an equal footing. I made the “House for Plants” to encourage human beings to treat nature as an equal. 

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Imagine myself as a plant in the Park, sometimes I feel it’s unfair. Why human have their own houses to live in but we do not have. It seems we are existing for them. The relationship between human and nature is unfair. It seems everything is designed for human beings. People do everything ordering themselves as the centre.

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Human beings have their own high rise to live in. They have better views up there. If they want to approach nature, they can have a villa. From urban planners to architects, They think everything making human as the centre. Urban planners make the left corner of land to be an urban park. They never carefully design a natural space. The urban parks are formed according to the surrounding construction.

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It seems human is the centre of everything: artificial or non-artificial. In this project, I tried to treat a natural environment the same way that we treat human beings: study the plants and see what's the best scale and shape for the "House for Plants"

Plants, animals and human beings should not have a hierarchy. They should have an equal relationship.

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is housed in a building that was constructed in 1933 as the residence of the Prince Asaka Family. It was given new life as a museum half a century after its construction, on October 1st, 1983.

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The park is totally isolated from the surrounding environment. The fences and the highway-everything are blocking the park from the urban environment. I think that all of the plants here were just given a piece of land to live in, not provided a carefully designed space.

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The view inside the park actually is really nice. But the fences make us less charming and attractive.

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If the park is carefully designed, and if the plants have their own houses in the air according to their varied scales, habits, and demands for sunlight, water, air, and space, all problems will be solved.

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DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

 

Site Analysis of Teien Art Museum Park.

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Study of the Plants in the park - Plants Images reference_http://www.luiscallejas.com/TEMUCO-Cautin-island-park

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Classification of plants 001_According to plants’ Scale - Plants Images reference_http://www.luiscallejas.com/TEMUCO-Cautin-island-park

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Classification of plants 002_According to plants’ Demand for Oxygen - Plants Images reference_http://www.luiscallejas.com/TEMUCO-Cautin-island-park

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Classification of plants 003_According to plants’ Demand for Light - Plants Images reference_http://www.luiscallejas.com/TEMUCO-Cautin-island-park

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Classification of plants 004_According to plants’ Demand for water

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Human beings have similar scale and demand for the living environment. Plants have quite different scales and demands for living environment, including demands for sunlight, air, water and space.

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Site Plan
2 Systems: house for plants and pathes

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Site Plan
Top View of each house

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Plan Detail 

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Tiny House Plans’ Enlargement

 

 

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Long Section

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Sections have different scales, shapes and environment according to plant’s multiple demands.

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Section Detail

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DIAGRAM

 

Wind Profile Calculation

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Wind and Seed Dispersal

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Sky Garden attracts more birds which are seed dispersal agents.

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The Sky Garden attracts more birds, which are seed-dispersal agents. The diagram draws relationships between vegetation on site and seed-dispersal agents. 

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The tiny world I created is not only for human beings, it’s for all natural elements: animals, birds, and plants as well as humans.

1.The World in a Squirrel’s Eye   2. The World in a bunny’s Eye   3. The World in a human being’s Eye

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The World in a Bird’s Eye

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Detail Design_Soil Thickness and slab shape

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Structural Design

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