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EXOTIC CONCRETE HOUSE
 

This house highlights the paradox of a house as a local building type , clad with a system of tiles composed of non-native invasive species trees which have invaded the region.  This combination of local and alien, suggests new local endemic relationships, not disruptions, but reorganizations of locality.  These opposing identities illustrate how a composite relationship between native and non-native can become beneficial as the exterior tiles of the house are applied to the typical stacked CMU wall section.  This new exterior layer not only provides a curious texture, but also a significant increase in insulating performance.  A proprietary process of extracting invasive species trees from the Florida Everglades, then followed by breaking the trees into chips and then mineralizing the wood chips is utilized in the fabrication and manufacturing of these tiles.  These mineralized wood chips are cast into concrete panels and are a true hybrid, half organic, half inorganic, half local, and half invasive. This range of material samples illustrates varieties in texture and formula, as ingredients in the mixture are altered to produce differences in surface quality and porosity.  The geometries range from convex to concave as the variety of shapes suggests the transformative nature of the materiality within each block.  This hybrid material is %70 lighter than structural concrete, significantly more insulating and sound absorbing.  The gentle wrapping of the existing house on the exterior will produce a new environment on the interior, a softer quieter space more insulated from the exterior.
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SITE – Miami Beach FL
STATUS – Design Development,( to be constructed in 2015)
MATERIALS – Invasive Melaleuca Trees from the Florida Everglades transformed into woodbased concrete insulating tiles.

 

 

This project renovates and makes a small addition to an existing 1963 single family home in Miami Beach. The original house is extended an extra 500 square feet, and the addition and existing house are wrapped in a custom wood based concrete tile. The 24” x 24” concrete tiles are constructed of mineralized wood taken from invasive species in the florida everglades, turning an environmental problem into an environmental benefit as they are re-purposed to provide extra insulation. The shape of the tiles undulate and will greatly increase the R value of the existing envelope, like putting a down jacket on the house, except that the extra layer breathes naturally minimizing heat transfer between the inside and outside.

 

 

 

This project renovates and makes a small addition to an existing 1963 single family home in Miami Beach. The original house is extended an extra 500 square feet, and the addition and existing house are wrapped in a custom wood based concrete tile. The 24” x 24” concrete tiles are constructed of mineralized wood taken from invasive species in the florida everglades, turning an environmental problem into an environmental benefit as they are re-purposed to provide extra insulation. The shape of the tiles undulate and will greatly increase the R value of the existing envelope, like putting a down jacket on the house, except that the extra layer breathes naturally minimizing heat transfer between the inside and outside.
 
 

Details and material studies of the various textures and shapes to be applied to the exterior of the house. Differences in formula give variation in in surface texture and material properties.
 
 

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