françois perrin builds ‘air houses’ for chicago architecture biennial

for the second edition of the chicago architecture biennial, on view until january 7, 2018, françois perrin has developed a series of structures that re-examine traditional climate-responsive construction. the project, titled ‘air houses: design for a new climate’, explores a new kind of architecture that engages with economic and environmental realities against a backdrop of climate change, energy crisis, population growth, and political uncertainty.

the structures re-examine traditional climate-responsive construction



for the 2017 chicago architecture biennial, françois perrin — a french, LA-based architect — has installed a series of geometric forms within the garfield park conservatory’s palm house. perrin’s design responds to the building, and its microclimate, with a full-scale built experiment that suggests a new direction for building in harmony with nature. influenced by the korowai tree houses of papua new guinea, the lightweight, fabric structures reference vernacular traditions while prototyping a new direction for the design and fabrication of buildings.

the scheme explores a kind of architecture that engages with economic and environmental realities



the project seeks to empower a typology of architecture that works with nature, rather than against it. throughout history, civilizations have traditionally built sustainably, utilizing local materials and engineering techniques. françois perrin argues that this approach shifted with the birth of modernism. ‘even if the early ideas of the movement were concerned with air quality and light, the concept of an international style — and the advent of air conditioning — turned architecture away from the environment and climate in the 20th century,’ says perrin.

the geometric shells are installed within the garfield park conservatory’s palm house



‘suspended in the canopy, the air houses demonstrate a lighter, more flexible approach to building structures that…

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