The Architectural Ecology Concept         

The term ‘Architectural Ecology’ might sound new to many but in actual fact, it is a concept that has been long practiced by people as far back as the 12th century AD. The idea behind it is about complementing and preserving natural components within an urban setting. A good illustration of such is the integration of green space when planning a city or attaching a green wall to a single building.

It is basically a type of urban greening aimed at breeding green spaces which in turn appreciates the sustainability of nature in urban environments. The development and expansion of cities around the globe have led to the bolstering of symbiosis in modern, creative and aesthetic ways. Due to the increasing awareness in climate change, many houses and cities are closely following the trend of Architectural Ecology to combat its effect.

Architectural Ecology Projects in NZ

Tumai (Winner of 2016 Southern Architecture Awards

This house is a full representation of artistic architectural sculpting. The success of this project is unconnected with the joint ideology and vision of the architect and his client which made it a phenomenal project. Sitting atop a hill, the building location is undoubtedly in a brilliant landscape with an astute and beautiful composition which corresponds with grandeur to nature’s climate setting. Materials for the project were dutifully picked for sustainability reasons including the establishment of landscape planting. The richness of this elegantly crafted project lies in its inclusion of a roof which is redolent of an extended concertina. With indented exterior walls and gill-like window frames offering scenic views in every room, this building is simply a great example of an architectural ecology project.

Orokonui Eco-sanctuary Visitor Centre (Winner of 2011 New Zealand Architecture Awards)

Providing a compelling entrance for the Orokonui Eco-sanctuary, this project embraces the earnest strategy of remaking shipping containers to bolster an oversailing building type. In other to foster support for the educative aim of the visitor centre, elementary sustainability actions which include rainwater harvest, adaptive re-use, and passive design are handled with modesty and ease. The main purpose of the Visitor Centre project has drawn invitation for inquiries including expressive details and forms and also little attention to the small roofs over the containers. The objective of the facility is lauded by the architecture which provides ample space that overlooks the protection of the regenerated flora thereby savaging significant landforms.

William James Building, University of Otago (Winner of 2010 Southern Architecture Awards)

Magnificent new project that strongly links and complement surviving buildings in the Leith Walk Psychology enclave. A combination of administrative, tutoring and research activities are all carried out in the building through a malleable space planning. A creatively delightful and layered building appearance holding movement and light is delivered by the acumen and pressure of the external skeleton. This energy -productive, sustainable and responsive project speaks huge volume of the way forward for the development of the campus, it also maintains ease of access for the large user community



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