Sustainability: space and technology



Jakob Kaiser Haus


Currently, sustainability is measurable numbers via standards. But we think that industrial standards are not sufficient to raise aspiration to live sustainably. Zerodegree Architecture aim to design architecture that goes beyond numbers. We create places, that brings awareness on sustainability. We aim architecture that unfolds spatial experiences anew and be a strong part of its narrative. Zerodegree Architecture does it by raising new architectural concepts: a cyclical architecture. We think that such architecture can be the node to disseminate importance of sustainability, thereby help move us towards tipping point of global sustainability.

Zerodegree Architecture believes that urbanity transforms cyclically as well. Transformation processes of urban scales are slow and divers, which practically makes clear experience of the change hardly legible. Yet the differences are in time and its complexity. Currently even European cities are questioning method to define her land use designation. Zerodegree Architecture believes that the urbanity is the key; a planned execution or urbanization as phenomenon. We name this vision Organic Cities. We view a field transforms into a city and again to a field. The spaces realized there are for versatile activities.

We use torus or helix (or a continuous space) as the space model. As the sun rotates around us, we can construct spaces in divers ways with a top lite stair case in the middle. In housing projects good examples are; Two Houses in Enschede, Kaleidoscope house in Almere. We design sections to compose concept in architecture. At Techum Elementary school a Trapezoid section created both a barn like shape as well as top lite rooms for learning of multiple levels. Materials such as glass holds key to real architecture. Fully glazed office asks awareness of the place.

In 1993 for Zwitserleven/SwissLife in Amstelveen, Uehara and the team implemented a climate system with the two heat pumps, climate ceiling and unique plenum facade system that allow creative use of building. In 1994 Ueharadesigned the office for German federal house of parliament in Berlin, which set brief to improve the German norm of the time by as much as 150%, a system that suits building that function 24/7. In 1997, for the elementary school complex in Leidschenveen, Uehara designed a ¬†school of a complete timber construction system that responsive with very little energy input. In 2000, in collaboration with 2013 Pritzker Laureate architect Toyo Ito, Uehara undertook Research by Design in conceiving an all-aluminum student house. In 2006, Zerodegree Architecture realized the elementary school complex in Techum with new emission building climate systems. In 2009 for the run down industrial terrain facing 17th century Schermerpolder, Zerodegree Architecture created a fully glazed office building, including interior separation walls. In 2013 Zerodegree Architecture ¬†materialized an affordable passive house where Landscape, City and new family structure encounters.