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- Architect Paul Morgan Architects
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2030. Climate change has affected Australias environment so dramatically that the interior desert now meets the south east Australian coastline. Average temperatures have increased, the sea level has risen and rainfall has dropped. Many animal and plant species are now extinct. The island continent is in terminal drought.
In this context the challenge is how to survive in such an environment. Our speculative design for the blowhouse is a life support unit (LCI). As with other future dwellings, our approach is one of terraforming, or the creation of a survivable micro-ecology, an example being the structures built to create a life supporting atmosphere in the 1986 film Aliens.
The site for the blowhouse is adjacent to The Blowhole, a small promontory to the west of Flinders on Australias southern coastline. The design principle of the bioengineered blowhouse is to create an energy neutral life support unit that utilises the environments kinetic potential, forming a kind of lung a structure that breathes.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.