In the age of technology, we tend to forget about the simple, natural approach to solving a problem; that a decision as basic as planting the appropriate specie of tree can be a sustainable solution. This facade and canopy design uses basic materials and elements, calculated to follow the path of the sun in the winter, to passively heat and cool a space using direct sunlight and wind.
The beauty and simplicity of this concept lies in the coupling of form and orientation to generate performance at any scale all day long during the entire year.
The materiality of a project is also a fundamental principal in sustainable design. The forms generated by this concept can be created using a large variety of materials, preferably local, around the world. In this case, the major components are made from brick, concrete, and hardwood(oak, yellow poplar, gum, hickory, black walnut and basswood are all found close-by).
In conclusion, its the simplicity, the pragmatism, that makes this solution both appropriate and realistic.