M-vironments are an imaginative design concept for structural units.
From architect and artist Michael Jantzen, they are calculated and interesting, and the goal is to incorporate flexibility and responsiveness to offer a new way that buildings can operate. They are made to accommodate a number of lifestyle needs, including being weather respondent.
Though the look of the exteriors will probably be either loved or hated, the features offered from these machine-like buildings are definitely eye-catching.
An example of an M-vironment construction is the M-HOUSE. It is made from steel, concrete composite and various panel mechanisms that can be moved, changed, expanded or retracted.
The structure sits on support legs and foot pads that can be adapted to suit the terrain the house will be placed on, and doesn’t always need to be set on a foundation. All parts are interchangeable, and the panels can be added to or taken out to create new portions.
There are a network of connected support frames and cubes in which the panels are attached with hinges in both vertical and horizontal directions. This unusual feature lets the panels move in or out of the cubes as desired.
To increase the energy efficiency there is insulation in some of the panels. Also, some have doors or windows that can be moved around to take advantage of the weather or views. They can be adjusted to either surround or open up, letting warm or cold areas in the rooms as needed. The panels that are not insulated can be used in numerous ways by being folded. In addition to opening, closing and changing around, they can also be used to offer protection from the sun, rain and wind.
Another creative feature of the foldable sections is that they can also be used for indoor or outdoor furniture. They can be adjusted to offer seating, sleeping, working and eating areas.
M-velopes are another flexible M-vironment design. Made from sustainably grown red cedar, they are prefabricated and can be moved around as needed.
These are intended to be used as reflective spaces or outdoor pavilions. They can be folded and changed into various positions and can also be equipped with solar panels for electrical needs. They can even be linked together for a larger, connected design.
The Transformation House is a similar design concept. This massive looking structure can be manually or mechanically changed around to accommodate more or less air flow, sun and shade as dependent on the weather.
The peculiar looking outside of the Transformation House is made up of different sections and movable windows that can be used to take advantage of the sun’s energy or allow fresh air throughout. There are also rainwater collection capabilities.
It uses a wind scoop process which can be utilized to capture air for the interior spaces. There are also small openings in the glass floor that allows the air to filter into each room.
These inventive and out of the ordinary structures are versatile and can be set up for use with renewable energy sources to make the most of their features.
I want to reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness.
All images are via Michael Jantzen.
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