nARCHITECTS’ finalist entry for the Living Steel Housing competition responds to the sub-tropical climate and unique demographics of Wuhan, China in three ways:
1. LIVING SCREENS: Residents live within cross-ventilated spaces bounded by breathing, living layers, organized from south to north:
– vines supported by stainless steel cables on the South facade screen exterior ‘streets’.
– a punctured wall of colorful prefabricated steel SIP modules contains infrastructure, distributes captured rainwater, and limits heat gain.
– a veil of permeable steel balconies on the North facade is angled to bounce eastern light, and is perforated to allow North Eastern wind to pass through it.