Zero-Footprint House Projection Mapped Info-graphic Display
Over in the technology and geomatics wood shop in Wilson Wallis, I worked with Bill Hemphill to cut out the different components of my projection map stage. The vector line image I created in illustrator from my drawing (fig. 1) were imported into AutoCad. I cut two sheets (fig. 2 & 3 and Video 1) one of the house and the system components, and another of the exterior wall structure. These two fourth inch wooden layers will be stacked and glued together (fig. 4) to create a 3-dimensional stage to project my house info-graphic videos on.
I brought the same vector drawing that I cut the stage with into Photoshop and painted it with a Wacom Cintiq to mimic a watercolor architectural rendering style. Each layer of this colored illustration was imported into After Effects (fig. 5) and I have begun creating a series of 3 animations that will depict how the house functions in conjunction with its surroundings. (fig. 6 and Video 2)
fig. 1 – vector cut lines
fig. 2 – setting the material up on the honeycomb gridq
fig. 3 – layer 1 of the laser cut
fig. 4 – stacked laser cut layers
fig. 5 – animating the illustration in AfterEffects
Inspired by the earthship’s ingenious design, this model of a modernization of an underground house was this semester’s project in Architectural Rendering. Use of recycled materials such as refurbished barnwood floors (fig. 2) and a large front-facing greenhouse with solar panels (fig. 6) would cut down the cost of the build and energy efficiency of this structure.
The open, modern floorplan (fig. 5) has a sleeping loft with a bonus space to the left, which would make an excellent artist studio (fig. 9) with the natural light from the top windows. Local stone would be stacked on the house’s face, (fig 1 & 6) bringing in a vernacular material so the house blends into it’s environment seamlessly. The back side of the house contains no windows because this is where the earth berm is located in order for the house to benefit from the soil’s warmth.
While the model shell itself was created in Maya, the furniture components were built in google sketchup and imported into the model for staging purposes. The scope of this project was rather ambitious on my part, though I still intend to move forward with the lighting and rendering of the model to create more realistic interiors.
Beginning the research phase of my zero-footprint house design means idea-finding. There is a broad range of materials used in the construction of an “Earthship” (which is what the Tazo, New Mexico people call them,) and sustainability is not my only concern. As graphic designer I am a believer in the principle of aesthetics selling a concept. Good ideas often go unnoticed without good design. It seems that many of the Earthships built so far look like a more rudimentary styling of Bag-End from Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” The appeal of this rounded, cave-like look may be limiting their audience. Being a lover of art nouveau, I understand the appeal of natural curves. Yet, from a modern standpoint I question some of the practicality of curvilinear everything.
Rammed-Earth Tire Walls
Earthship System Overview
Earthship Layout 1
Earthship Layout 2
EarthHouse in Switzerland
Tazo, NM Earthship Exterior
Why can’t sustainable mean also modern, clean, bold homes with a handmade touch? Take Richard Olson for example. His book “Handmade Houses” documents the wide array of what craftsmanship can mean.