Integrated Design

Integrated design is a collaborative method for designing buildings which emphasizes the development of a holistic design. This method has become increasingly emphasized in the design world with the rise of environmental concerns. It is important for architects, engineers, etc to collaborate early on in the design process to create an integrated structure.

Examples of integrated design include the Community Center in Ludesch Austria by Hermann Kaufmann and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa by SANAA.

The Community Center in Ludesch uses almost all local materials and all wood is untreated. Almost all of the insulation used is from renewable resources and there are no solvents or softeners in any finishes or adhesives. It was built tot he Austrian passive house standard with triple pane windows and high levels of insulation. The building also uses careful shading strategies and photovoltaics. Thes design is very rational, with simple details and shading.

The Contemporary Art Museum in Kanazawa is a simplistic integrated design. It fully utilizes natural light, having a mostly glass skin. One of the architects, Kazuyo Sejima, explained hte design saying, “We want people to recognize the relationship between parts without a dominant finish. Too much emphasis on secondary levels is distracting.”

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