098 - Brunswick Hickory Cabin

M. Aravinth Kumar, S. Froz, P. Mahadevan, & B. Convind Raj

Tamilnadu, India


The most crucial threat to our environment today is pollution.  Everywhere I go I can see the earth being polluted in some type of way.  Factories and cars release greenhouse gasses in the air, and ozone layer has been depleted.  An inconvenient truth, buildings contribute 30% of annual greenhouse gas emissions and consume more than 40% of global energy.

Minimizing greenhouse gas emissions is the primary hurdle of the design process which has been solved slowly through the various process of design such as selection of material and construction techniques.  Design has been started with skilful usage of materials by considering the design criteria.

  • Locally available material of lower cost will be well suited.
  • The carbon emissions are to be noted.
  • Insulation from climate variations are to be provided.
  • Thus achieving all of the above design criteria, straw bale is used majorly for construction.

The building takes place in New Brunswick which has an Acadian tradition so the building is designed according to this tradition.

The plan is designed in such a way that the activity zones are properly separated and interlinked with each other.  Two rectangles are taken for this process, one rectangle acts as an activity zone and another is a refreshment and storage zone.

Hickory Cabin has been abstracted from the white pine to create a bond with nature.

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