- Zhiheng Jiao
Traditional glass greenhouse has no corresponding to the plants in side, which is boring and lack of vitality. In this project, we get inspiration from the natural trees and flowers, study the mechanism of blooming of flowers and the structure of trees in-depth. After that, we combined them to make it a new type of green house, which can freely control the indoor sunlight by the “flowers” and provide more space for either people’s line of sight or the camera track for documentation.
Compared with the traditional glass house, our Glass House+ have more possibilities for scientists’ researching work. It can collect more information and with the facade and structure, it can control the environment which can be used for scientific research and documentation. What’s more, the interaction between tourists and scientists have a great educational significance.
In the study of flowers, the main veins of the petals start rotating and bending and drive the secondary veins to unfold. All the movements make the flower bloom. We use origami method to simulate the blooming process. If we fold the paper, the two neighbor-surface will overlay with each other and make the surface small. If we set a special angle of the fold line, they will drive the folded surface to rotate and generate a small ‘bud-like’ thing. So we use this principle to create the shading devices that have the least influence to the structure and the interior.
As far as tree is concerned, each layer of branches keeps growing up to get wider space. When this tree-growing mode comes to architecture, we grow trees from top to bottom as columns, to support a given surface. One big column will block the sunlight from the architecture skin, while several columns will take too much space on the ground. So by using tree structure as columns, we can emancipate the sunlight and space, and the branches can also be the rails of cameras. We tried to reform this tree structure. And let the branches touch the ground. In this way we can generate the glass house automatically.