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The Idea Factory Revisited

Author(s) John Steingraeber
Date Posted April 23, 2010 6:51 PM
Program M. Arch
Instructor Ross
Description

For ARCH 8254, Active Envelopes, I chose to develop The Idea Factory further. The design process relied heavily on Ecotect to optimize placement of the display vitrines as well as the design of a polycarbonate double-skin facade; both the facade and the vitrines include sealing vents. The system capitalizes on Minnesota's wide temperature range by venting heated air during the summer while capturing solar gains in cooler months. The clear facade provides significant daylighting advantages while also making a strong formal statement.

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