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Žiga Kreševič

Maribor, Slovenia
Žiga Kreševič studied architecture at the University of Ljubljana. During his studies he gained extensive experience in architectural offices in Maribor and Ljubljana. As a team member he won several prizes for competition entries. Since 2013 Žiga Kreševič has worked as research & teaching associate at the Institute of Architecture Technology at the Graz University of Technology. His teaching includes lectures, seminars and workshops in the areas of construction and design.

Inhabit the Wall


Forget thermal insulation and inhabit its functioning principle - the entrapped air

Inhabit the Wall


Forget thermal insulation and inhabit its functioning principle - the entrapped air
Changing the role of a wall by searching for spatial qualities of a 2D object and so increasing the adoptability of buildings.

In the name of environment, architecture is becoming exclusionary and so alien in its surroundings. By abandoning a wall as a full-contact arrangement of different materials, a set of membranes defines new architecture. Traditional thick insulation layers might lower the operating energy, but at the same time consume extreme amounts of grey energy to produce and are highly unrecyclable. The idea aims at addressing the problem of energy use in buildings at its core: The size of heated space in combination with the production costs. Thermal isolation as such is obsolete, but its functioning principle of the entrapped air between the membranes provides for thermal performance. What is more, this performance is adoptable, as the size of space can vary in accordance with outside conditions. Through thermal gradation it introduces realistic adoptability, better recyclability and cheaper m2 prices of buildings. By turning thermal insulation into a spatial quality we can inhabit the wall!


Antivilla, a controversial project by brandlhuber+, Emde & Schneider, addresses the topic of thermal refurbishment by questioning the sense of contemporary refurbishment praxis and building regulations. The existing wall represents only a single layer in a set of membranes, which establish several thermal zones. © Erica Overmeer

Antivilla by brandlhuber+, Emde & Schneider. Interior view of one of the curtains. Fire as a traditional source of heat and light is replaced by a composition of furnace, bathroom and sauna and represents the hottest zone of the house. © Erica Overmeer

Antivilla by brandlhuber+, Emde & Schneider. Exterior view. © Erica Overmeer

Inhabit the Wall


Forget thermal insulation and inhabit its functioning principle - the entrapped air

Inhabit the Wall


Forget thermal insulation and inhabit its functioning principle - the entrapped air
Changing the role of a wall by searching for spatial qualities of a 2D object and so increasing the adoptability of buildings.

In the name of environment, architecture is becoming exclusionary and so alien in its surroundings. By abandoning a wall as a full-contact arrangement of different materials, a set of membranes defines new architecture. Traditional thick insulation layers might lower the operating energy, but at the same time consume extreme amounts of grey energy to produce and are highly unrecyclable. The idea aims at addressing the problem of energy use in buildings at its core: The size of heated space in combination with the production costs. Thermal isolation as such is obsolete, but its functioning principle of the entrapped air between the membranes provides for thermal performance. What is more, this performance is adoptable, as the size of space can vary in accordance with outside conditions. Through thermal gradation it introduces realistic adoptability, better recyclability and cheaper m2 prices of buildings. By turning thermal insulation into a spatial quality we can inhabit the wall!


Antivilla, a controversial project by brandlhuber+, Emde & Schneider, addresses the topic of thermal refurbishment by questioning the sense of contemporary refurbishment praxis and building regulations. The existing wall represents only a single layer in a set of membranes, which establish several thermal zones. © Erica Overmeer

Antivilla by brandlhuber+, Emde & Schneider. Interior view of one of the curtains. Fire as a traditional source of heat and light is replaced by a composition of furnace, bathroom and sauna and represents the hottest zone of the house. © Erica Overmeer

Antivilla by brandlhuber+, Emde & Schneider. Exterior view. © Erica Overmeer


Idea by

Žiga Kreševič
Maribor
Slovenia
Žiga Kreševič studied architecture at the University of Ljubljana. During his studies he gained extensive experience in architectural offices in Maribor and Ljubljana. As a team member he won several prizes for competition entries. Since 2013 Žiga Kreševič has worked as research & teaching associate at the Institute of Architecture Technology at the Graz University of Technology. His teaching includes lectures, seminars and workshops in the areas of construction and design.