The Princeton Envelope Group (PEG) is a design and research unit at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Headed by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and coordinated by Urtzi Grau. The unit is engaged in a three year research program on the Politics of the Building Envelope the conclusions of which will be published in a forthcoming book by Actar Press, Barcelona+New York.

Tag: Flat Horizontal

Wal-Mart World Map

Walmart World Map The world map charts insolation levels, annual precipitation, cultural protectionism, economic freedom, anti-globalization, and four climatic case studies: Stockholm, Sweden, New Jersey, Cairo, Egypt, and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Ecology and Environmental Systems Diagrams

Flat Horizontal Mechanical System The Flat Horizontal is a victim of its own success. In order to accomodate a wide range of events, it depends heavily on systems of mechanical control. Today over half of the building’s annual operating costs are committed to heating and cooling alone. 1/3 of construction costs are committed to temperature […]

Consolidated Envelope Prototype

The paradigm of the decorated shed is turned inward to reconsider the possibilities of the ground plane and ceiling canopy. The flat horizontal envelope offers the opportunity to supplant mechanical systems and produce architectural effects through its construction of interior climates. Design guidelines for new public buildings explicitly divorice environmental contral from both architecture and […]

Circle Program Diagrams

The construction of a conditioned interior space for a variety of recreation, assembly and performance programs under could operate under one roof. Combined requirements result in nested envelopes. Diagram explores the organizational potention of the circle as an omni-directional part: radiated organizations, bi-directional organizations, multi-directional organizations, hierarchical whole, non-hierarchical whole, ambiguous whole.

Elements and Section

Roof Elements: Drain (catchment, number of panels, orientation), PV (coverage, panel size, orientation), Skylight (spacing, size, rotation, differentiation), Green (ratio and planting type), Paint (finish, hue shade warm/cool). Section: 1. Extensive Green Roof Subsoil Composite 2. Seasonal Grass Planting by Location 3. Aluminum Flashing 4. 1″ sq. Batten 5. 1″ Rigid Board Insulation 6. Batt […]

Tube Unit Diagram

Floor Area = Roof Area Availability of Overhead Light: The envelope is deployed as a tunable mechanism of light control capable of regulating direct sunlight to meet a wide range of specific requirements.

WalMart Analysis

Q: What does Wal-Mart want? A: Wal-Mart wants to make money for its shareholders. Wal-Mart wants to make money for its shareholders. Selling lots of different kinds of products at a lower-than-average profit margin while making up the difference in high sales volume is simply their established method of making profits, which is, in turn, […]

Flat Horizontal: Suburban Cast Studies

The shed is more or less a euphemism for what Sloterdijk’s calls a macro-interior, a climatic island of event and activities. Though the utility of the Flat Horizontal in a wide range of programmatic applications makes it difficult to classify functionally, it obeys a more or less consistent logic of location and positioning. Its large […]

Twin Pines Site Analysis

The Twin Pines site is an example of combining resources to create a space of recreation. It marks a combined effort between 4 municipalities and the County government to establish a shared facility for sports and recreation on a former airfield in Hopewell Township. The Twin Pines project includes facilities for performance, recreation, and parking […]