NetZero Buffalo was a seminar given at the University at Buffalo focused on the creation and proposal of new approaches for affordable, sustainable living in Buffalo, NY. Adapt House is a proposal for a house that adapts based on social, economic, and programmatic change, while also acting as a seasonally responsive machine for living. The house is comprised of two modules, one stationary to the north side, housing private program, and one moving module to the south side, housing public programs and living area. The pinwheeled L-shaped modules, when pulled apart, create the winter mode of the house. Sunlight is brought in through the central skylight, expanding the living area, activating the interior of the house as the primary living space. In contrast, the summer mode compresses the enclosed living space, foregoing the central skylight in favor of a greater area of shaded outdoor living space. The entirety of the built area is encompassed by an 8″x8″ steel frame which at once provides infrastructure for photovoltaic arrays and shades and covers outdoor spaces. This project was designed both as a speculation for a Buffalo net-zero housing prototype and as a speculative proposal for entry into the US DOE’s Solar Decathlon.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Buffalo, NY, US
Additional Credits: with Marc Gerevics