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michael jantzen reinvents the built structure
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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

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