Representational Research at the University of Virginia School of Architecture

From Canopy to Shelter: Wind Interventions on O’Hill

grasshopper-proposal

In studying our plot of land, we became interested in how seasonal wind patterns affect the feel and habitability of the terrain. We wanted to create a place that would allow wind flow in summer and provide shelter in winter. Our intervention involves retractable panels attached to a supporting vertical armature. In winter, the panels would extend down the length of the armature, creating a shield-like enclosure that would protect visitors. In the summer, the panels would retract into an overhead canopy that would provide shade and facilitate wind flow. The paneled enclosure would open to the southwest so its enclosed side would block out the cold, northeasterly wind in the winter. Trees would also be a part of this intervention for their ability to screen wind and provide shade.

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