Gallery: Gernot Riether’s Cocoon-Like Sugarcane Buildings Win AIA Compe...

 
A series of glowing cocoon-like enclosures will soon light up New Orleans' historic district. Selected in AIA's annual design competition, the proposal by Gernot Riether shows off an interesting building material that could save carbon emissions. Made from glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate (PETG) comprised of either recycled plastic or sugar cane (which has been grown in the region for 200 years), the amorphous pavilion is currently open to the Public in New Orleans historic French Quarter.

Installed in less than two days by Riether and 6 students from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the 18 square meter enclosure uses 320 PETG cells. These pre-fabricated cells are locked together into six large pieces that are then transported to their intended site, where the final installment takes place.

Each pavilion responds to the unique characteristics of the environment in which they are placed, including solar orientation, lighting, flora, and water capture. They have been designed to illuminate dark corners and re-enliven one of America’s most interesting cities.

+ Gernot Riether

Via Arch Daily

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  1. Inhabitat’s Week ... May 30, 2011 at 6:37 am

    [...] this week, from a restaurant made from a recycled Soviet airplane in Zurich to an innovative cocoon-like building made from sugarcane that recently won an AIA competition. We also showed how Plantlab is making vertical urban farms a [...]

  2. Inhabitat’s Week ... May 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    [...] this week, from a restaurant made from a recycled Soviet airplane in Zurich to an innovative cocoon-like building made from sugarcane that recently won an AIA competition. We also showed how Plantlab is making vertical urban farms a [...]

  3. RicciAngel News »... May 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    [...] this week, from a restaurant made from a recycled Soviet airplane in Zurich to an innovative cocoon-like building made from sugarcane that recently won an AIA competition. We also showed how Plantlab is making vertical urban farms a [...]

  4. arcilook arcilook May 27, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Looks like some kind of an alien nest. Interesting idea.

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