MAde Studio

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Hydrophilic Hoophouse

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Sponsored By: 
Faculty Research Grant:
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning ($12,500)
Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Michigan ($7,500)
Research Assistants: 
Catherine Baldwin, Maria Capota, Sen Liu, Le Nguyen, Paul Tierman, Andrew Wolking
Structural Engineer: 
Peter von Bülow, University of Michigan
Structural Hoop Fabricators: 
Graphite Design: Timothy Risk (principal), Matthew Denner
2010- 2012

THE HYDROPHILIC HOOPHOUSE deploys common materials toward a typological transformation of a standard agricultural vernacular assembly. Hoophouses have a long tradition of affordable and efficient assembly techniques that establish micro-climates for extended season horticulture. This project challenges several standard practices, by advancing a structural and material approach that integrates a new rainwater collection technique. The hoophouse typology is revised through the environmental consideration of light, air and water, and is expressed through a common, yet rich material palette.