michael jantzen reinvents the built structure michael jantzen reinvents the built structure
oct 29, 2012

michael jantzen reinvents the built structure

‘michael jantzen’ an overview into the philosophy and works (above) M house image © michael jantzen

‘I want to reinvent the built environment in order to extend the reach of consciousness.’

conceptual designer, artist, architect, inventor and engineer michael jantzen has come up with radically different methods for us to interact with our built environment, that not only experiment with the organization of space and material but questions and reinvisions the very consciousness that dictate our interactions. in his many years experimenting with sustainable building strategies, jantzen has come up with ways to reduce our pull on resources and extend building life using new technologies and simple archaic design methods. most of his projects thrive to absorb and store resources to function as independently from the grid as possible. many of his works include operable physical parts in combination with digital interfaces and modern energy collection devices. a more explored structure is a central space in a ring with rotating sections that envelop the volume and change its function.

the M-house, part of his m-vironments series, is a standalone or connectable living machine that can be built for just about any environment and climate. seven interlocked cubes are made of rectangular panels that are attached to a hinged retractable frame. interchangeable panels allow the resident to change parts of the house for either maintenance or adaptation to evolving needs.

M house interior image © michael jantzen

M house bedroom interior image © michael jantzen

transforming house image © michael jantzen

constructed of light-weight steel frames and clad in photovoltaic panels, the transformation house is organized around a central cylindrical space with automatic and manual turning sections that define the function of the space. They can also spin to collect daylight light, improve ventilation and charge the solar panels that would in theory power the dwelling.

transformation house interior image © michael jantzen

wind shaped pavilion image © michael jantzen

wind shaped pavilion interior image © michael jantzen

space time transformation footbridge image © michael jantzen

glass walkways enclosed in steel ring sections image © michael jantzen

image © michael jantzen

sky cloud pavilion image © michael jantzen

anchored vertical poles provide the foundations for flowing ribbons of different materials to be attached, wrapping different spaces. the sky cloud pavilion public installation is a changeable structure used for shelter, recreation or for the dissemination of information.

sky cloud pavilion steel structure image © michael jantzen

solar winds desert hotel image © michael jantzen

elevation image © michael jantzen

sky dome residence, built 1982 image © michael jantzen

solar house interior, built 1978 image © michael jantzen

  • Thanks so much for the great post, I am honored!

    michael jantzen says:
  • Too much good stuff to choose from. I will take the Sky Cloud or Foot Bridge.

    Jim C. says:
  • I met Michael many years ago. Since then he has been constantly active and creative and I expect much more to come.

    His sky dome residence dates to the late ’70s and was a wonderful creation inside and out. I still dream of making my own. The basic components (sheet metal staves that assemble in domes) are still made by the same company, Hanson Silo Company.

    Mark says:
  • Great architecture and sustainable design. Solar house power supply should be definitely combined with PV solar and solar thermal. Everyone can build diy solar panels out of recycled pop-cans and use solar power for as little as 0.1 dollar per watt. Detailed instruction for those who want to build [url=http://solar.freeonplate.com/diy-how-to/DIY-solar-panels.htm]diy solar panels[/url] website

    Vincent says:
  • Kindergarden

    phantasies,

    great stuff Michael

    guydo says:

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