2nd place winner - Architecture & Design:
|Project name: Serene Costal Retreat (click to view festival poster)|
STUDENT: RYAN ALEXANDER
School: Chico High School | County: Butte | City: Chico
Grade: 12 | Age: 17
Supervised by: Michael Bruggeman
Ryan Alexander is a 17 year old senior at Chico High School. He enjoys school and takes classes at California State University Chico. He balances his school work with playing tennis and volunteering at the Butte Humane Society. In 8th grade he discovered his love for architecture and has been taking design classes throughout high school. In the fall, Ryan will be attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he plans to obtain a degree in architectural design.
Summary: The student proposes a completely self-sustainable home situated in New Zealand using a combination of wind and solar energy, and demonstrates a study of power needs and generation capabilities.
I have created a contemporary costal retreat, located in Wellington, New Zealand. The house is completely self-sustained, using two types of natural energy. The typical sustainable home use solar panels to produce its electricity but, but can only produce energy on sunny days. In my designed I wanted to incorporate both solar and wind powered energy, so that the house can be self sufficient no matter what the weather.
The roof is equipped with two Benergy Windpower® turbines, and is positioned so that it faces the ocean to collect the most wind. The roof is also slanted at a 35° angle so that as air hits the roof is forced upward passing through the turbines. The turbines require a 7mph winds to start but run on wind speeds of as low as 5mph. With Wellington's yearly average of 15 mph winds the Benergy turbines could produce around 400 kilowatt hours of electricity per month. However, the average family uses around 866 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.
To make up for the rest of the electrical need, the houses' windows come with a product that will allow them to act as solar panel. A team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is developing photovoltaic cells that would be placed around a window frame and would make the window capable of converting sunlight into clean energy. This is a very efficient use of window space and this product would be much more attractive than bulky solar panels. MIT claims the product will be implemented within three years. It is difficult to calculate exactly how much energy these windows would create, but with 225sq.ft. of window surface on the house I created, I would estimate around 500 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.
The house is composed of stone, glass, and wood. For wood to be sustainable it must come from a forest that is producing wood faster than is being harvested. I chose to use maple wood for the exterior of my design, and mango wood for the furniture. Both maple and mango trees grow 18" or more per year. However, maple wood tends to rot, so the exterior of the house would be cover in a composite sealant material. I also used Sentryglas® for all my windows because it provides structural support and post-breakage safety.
As a whole, my design would be completely sustainable, requiring little to no outside energy.
ANDRÉS DORIGO (ARGENTINA)
COMMENTS ON THE STUDENT'S PROJECT
The main idea for this work is to support the student's project by joining the original concept with a painting of my artwork, since nature is the main point we share.
The student worked using state of the art materials, turning a traditional house into a sustainable one not just by technological innovation but also by using materials from the place where it is built, such as wood and stones.
In my recent work I focused on nature and the way it is transformed due to population growth and richness distribution among other factors, so I decided to support this project by sharing the natural landscape of my city, Santa Fe. It is a city in Argentina which is next to one of the largest rivers in the world, the Paraná river, a subtropical region.
It is my intention that this work would be like a gift, a present for any person who appreciates nature, since I believe that if we respect nature and take care of biological diversity, life will keep on existing on earth.
DESIGNER COMMENT ON CADW
To share in a teenager's dream is to welcome a creative work where the design becomes a means of creating direction towards happiness, or perhaps love... what else?
ABOUT ANDRÉS DORIGO
Andrés Dorigo was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He studied in Santa Fe and graduated as an Architect in 1971 at the Universidad Católica de Santa Fe, after have earned a degree in Social Psychology. He developed his activities as an Artist skilled in ceramics, drawing and painting, while he also worked as teacher in Social Psychology and Creativity. His artistic work from the last five years has been related to coastal landscape, rivers, lagoons, animals and plants typical from the Santa Fe region. He won many awards, like the Arcien and the Beca de la Provincia de Santa Fe award among the most relevant ones. His work is displayed in various museums and galleries in Argentina.