The High-Tech Building

The “high-tech building” is an architectural style that emerged in the 1970s; it is a field of the post-modern movement. It is based on the following principles: economy of materials, flexibility of space and technological progress. The key people notably are Renzo Piano, an Italian architect and Richard Rogers, a British architect who respectively designed the Centre Pompidou in Paris and The Lloyd’s Building in London.

Pompidou_Lloyd'sCentre Pompidou and Lloyd’s Building

The Dymaxion House

The precursor of this style was the Dymaxion House project, developed in the 30’s by a American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller. It is one of the first projects at the early beginning of the high-tech movement and it influenced the postmodernism style.

Dymaxion_houseDymaxion house; Henry ford museum

The Dymaxion House was Fuller’s solution to the need for a mass-produced, affordable, easily transportable and environmentally efficient house for a single family. The term “Dymaxion” is a combination of the words dynamic, maximum and tension. The whole house was a earthquake and storm resistant structure, suspended on cables to a central column which goes through the house. It is 15m diameter, 12 meters high; creating a 100 sqm hexagonal house, flexible according to the tenant’s needs. The construction is made in aluminum (due to the great strength, low weight, and minimum maintenance of this material), with several structural details. It was developed in Wichita Kansas to be heated and cooled by natural means in this humid subtropical climate (hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters). Fuller used the dome effect to induce a heat-driven vortex that sucks cooler air downwards into a properly vented dome. The Dymaxion house represents the first conscious effort to build an autonomous building in the 20th century. Unfortunately, this project was in stand-by until 1944 because of management problems in the Fuller’s company.

The High-tech building is an impressive movement, built for those who care about the impact of human activities on the earth and who enjoy finding elements of high-tech industry and technology into building design. However, for many of us, it is a very expensive investment, sometimes unreachable.

Ways to optimization

Fortunately, some solutions to modernize your interior space do exist in order to obtain a high-tech aspect. Indeed, a solution able to manage your harmful emission through energy savings can be another way to reach your own high-tech interior.

World_connectThe world is connected

Nowadays, homes, offices and even plants are increasingly equipped with electrical appliances. All these tools consume energy and we do not really notice it. This is when a real-time energy management and control system makes sense. This promising solution helps energy managers, or any individual to take the right decisions about their energy consumption. The main goal is to optimize energy management which will eventually come to a bill reduction. Improving energy efficiency through a better management is the key solution to overconsumption problems. It is now possible to take initiatives and act directly at the source of the problem by using Keys Performance Indicators. This new solution works simply. First, some smart devices offered by the system have to be installed. They communicate with each other through a wireless mesh network. For most of them, they have the particularity of being easy to install; it is indeed really quick and inexpensive. The entire proposed range is compatible with all types of common electrical installations. In general, these solutions are adapted to hotels, businesses, schools and residential. It helps companies to achieve environmental excellence, cut costs and become environmental leaders with a high-tech touch!