House Designed to be Built by Nature

7004 house, designed by Daniel Caven, is based upon using natural materials as structural components, the 7004 house is an open air wine house (3 seasons pavilion). Literally taking root, the site is located in the midwest overlooking a private client’s vineyard. The creation of the house incorporates autonomous natural objects as primitive growths within oriented patterns -allowing nature to overtake structural molds. The molds were based around generations and iterations of natural tree structures, then transformed to structural flow lines for the shell and floors of the house. Allowing for overgrowth to the structures.

The use of trees and plants for structural behavior systems creates new dialogues between ecology to architecture. The wine house tectonically is constructed of a semi-permeable fiberglass shell and structural molds braced in between. Through a two to three year process, a bundle of trees are molded and grown under the shell to create a union of the shell and trees. The shell, although static, grows with the tree lifting and creating a core to the shell. Using low density fiberglass the plants are able to push the shell and manipulate it as it grows; aggregating itself in a new way of passive structure. This new architecture takes on motives towards transformation of autonomy of trees as positions within ecology. The 7004 house is the first iteration of an on going project that will eventually take form towards autonomy of nature materials used for architecture.