Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Solar Hemicycle new discovery

The Architectural Registration Exams are good for one thing, at least; they teach you some architectural history that is obscure and beautiful that you may never have heard of before by famous architects you thought you knew!

An example of this?  Frank Lloyd know his style, right?  It's easy to point it out and to recognize it.  Words like "rectilinear," "human-scale," and "horizontality" come to mind.  Have you ever heard of the Solar Hemicycle House, though?  Because I hadn't and maybe it's because it's in Madison, Wisconsin, but I think that in our age of climate change and the realm of design this would have been a brilliant example to have shown us!

It is human-scaled to be sure, with low ceilings.  It is horizontal in nature, keeping a clean roof line along the south facade, but that south facade is (wait for it...) curved.  I know, surprise!  Additionally, the north facade of the building is bermed for insulation from harsh winter cold and winds and that glazed south?  You guessed it; it's used for solar radiation gain which is trapped in the floors during the day and released throughout the evening.  Overhangs give shade in the summer and my goodness, I now realize how very far FLW was ahead of his time...even though I didn't know about this gem until studying for the AREs.  So, thank you, NCARB and Kaplan, for this nugget of information that allowed me to Google what is, perhaps, my new favorite FLW creation.  It may be the only thing I'm thankful to you for (jk...kind of), but it's a pretty "Thank You."

Check out some images here (be careful in your Google searches), apparently this design has been re-created many a time over throughout the world (I'm glad SOMEONE was teaching about it).

You can get the story at this architecture website, but their pictures are missing :(

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