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AESTHETICS OF SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE - LOCAL BUILDING MATERIALS

In an ongoing series, the aesthetics of sustainable architecture are explored through artistic work.


Artistic reflections on the built environment lead to an ongoing examination of the aesthetics of sustainable architecture. But what is the difference between the aesthetics of conventional and sustainable architecture? Can such distinctions even be made clearly, or are they not rather intertwined? As such complex questions are difficult to grasp verbally, the answer is provided at the level of an artistic approach.

To make the topic more tangible, it is divided into clear sections, although the transitions are fluid. This series begins with the theme:


CONSIDERATION OF LOCAL CONDITIONS

Many construction projects use materials that have to be transported from far away. This leads to enormous energy consumption for transportation and is also accompanied by a loss of traditional craftsmanship know-how that has proven itself in a region over a long period of time. Although industry makes it possible to create buildings with any appearance, this often makes architecture arbitrary and causes it to lose its regional character. Traditional building styles, on the other hand, are based on the climatic conditions of the region and the availability of local materials.


In my opinion, the focus on local conditions lies at the heart of how "building tradition" can be transferred to the present day. It is not about copying past times, but about recognizing the design and climatic challenges of the present and therefore using materials that are produced locally.


For an exhibition in the Wälderhaus in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg, an art object was created that deals with both the architecture of the building and the local materials used. The striking slopes around the windows and balconies are taken up and integrated into the form of the artwork. At the same time, the art object is made of regional larch wood from certified cultivation, which corresponds to the wood of the façade.

There was already an article on this project in the blog.






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