Gernot Riether’s Cocoon-Like Sugarcane Buildings

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Gernot Riether’s Cocoon-Like Sugarcane Buildings Win AIA Competition

Explanation of the project

A series of glowing cocoon-like enclosures will soon light up New Orleans' historic district. Selected in AIA's annual design competition, the proposal by Gernot Riether shows off an interesting building material that could save carbon emissions. Made from glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) comprised of either recycled plastic or sugar cane (which has been grown in the region for 200 years), the amorphous pavilion is currently open to the Public in New Orleans historic French Quarter. Installed in less than two days by Riether and 6 students from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the 18 square meter enclosure uses 320 PETG cells. These pre-fabricated cells are locked together into six large pieces that are then transported to their intended site, where the final installment takes place.

Pavilion Pavilion

Structure of the pavilion

Each pavilion responds to the unique characteristics of the environment in which they are placed, including solar orientation, lighting, flora, and water capture. They have been designed to illuminate dark corners and re-enliven one of America’s most interesting cities.

Structure of the membrane of the pavilion

Structure of the membrane of the pavilion

Special niches suited for growing plants

Special niches suited for growing plants Special niches suited for growing plants

Termoforming techniques used

Termoforming techniques used

References

http://inhabitat.com/gernot-riethers-coccoon-like-spherical-enclosures-made-of-sugarcane-win-aia-award/