Explore new cultural attitudes on comfort.



Philippe Rahm

“Modernity led to uniform, consistent spaces in which the temperature is regulated around 21 degrees. The aim here is to restore diversity to the relation that the body maintains with space, with its temperature, to allow seasonal movement within the house, migrations from downstairs to upstairs, from cold to warm, winter and summer, dressed and undressed.” Philippe Rahm Architecture

Housing and studio for Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster source: www.philipperahm.com

Housing and studio for Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster source: www.philipperahm.com

“For people to feel comfortable in a heated room there must be equilibrium in the exchange of heat occurring via convection between their bodies and the surrounding air. This equilibrium is of course relative to clothing, from nudity in the bathroom, to the thermal protection of blankets, to light clothing worn in the living room. Today, confronted with the will to economize energy resources, the demand is to set up in each building, and even each room, a precisely calculated thermal capacity in order to expend only the energy that is strictly necessary.” Philippe Rahm Architecture
Philippe Rahm's design for  Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster house “is based on the thermodynamic phenomena of the Gulf Stream, one of the most fascinating models for thinking architecture today because it gives a route to escape from the normalization and the homogenization of the modern space....
“Instead of warming all the space at the good temperature around 20°C, we propose to create in the house two sources of heat, like two different thermal poles creating a thermodynamic tension inside the all house: one pole is cold at 15 °C and situated in the upper layers of air of the house. The opposite pole is warm, at 22°C situated in the lower layers of the space. A movement of air will be generated by this difference of temperatures and positions in the space. With the help of thermal model software, we analyze the variation of temperature and his distribution in all the space and find then places for activities, according to specific temperatures. The project process is thus reversed: a indoor climate is first produced and after, functions are freely chosen anywhere in the space related to the thermal quality required depending of activities, clothes, personal desires. An ecologic and economic gain is obtained at the same time by creating in the whole house a low average of temperature at 18°C instead of the 20°C in a normal heating system.”  Philippe Rahm Architecture
Rahm plays with standards, behaviors, and physiological effects of interior climates:  “Architects of today investigate the extents of architectural means, making sense of sustainable development. They have to understand how they can limit energy consumption and production of greenhouse gas and, as we know, this is all about the reduction of the energy used in buildings, in heating, etc. .... We take measures now concerning building where we advocate, on one hand, for the use of renewable energy and, on the other hand, for a considerable improvement of thermal insulation of the building envelope coupled with a controlled renewal of air. But do we have architecture acting on a more moderate, finer, smaller, thriftier level? Less heavy, less present architecture, a diluted, almost homoeopathic architecture, but still having the ambition of a climatic correction of elements which need to be respected? Today, we would like to go further down in scale of measures of climatic corrections in order to investigate sensitive zones closer to the body, on the limit of our skin, to reach the point where architecture dissolves and becomes pure thermogenesis...
But don't let us make a mistake! This search consists not only in saving energy spent in the building and in fighting global warming, but rather it is also a question of discovering new modes of houses and spatial compositions, of elaborating new strategies of design and beauty, where scales mix, where architecture becomes as much construction and structures as food and sweating.” Archinect interviews Philippe Rahm


Energy Hog

Should energy efficiency change the way we live? The Energy Hog website is sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy, whose website defines “Energy Efficiency” in part as  “[g]etting the desired energy services — comfortable homes, profitable businesses, convenient transportation — with less energy use, less air pollution, and lower total cost.” http://ase.org/content/article/detail/938.  This concept of energy efficiency “is a far cry from the energy conservation images and practices of old - of doing with less or doing without, of being uncomfortable or less comfortable.”http://ase.org/section/aboutus


Comments (5450)

party halls
Thanks guys, found a lot of useful information, be sure to add this site to your favorites!

somee wrote 2 weeks 37 min ago

much thanks to you for an incredible post. Brisbane Marriage Photographer

LOAD wrote 2 weeks 55 min ago

Keep doing awesome me when would you be able to distribute more articles. Loftplan

Loftplan wrote 2 weeks 1 hour ago

Thank you for an additional great post. Exactly where else could anybody get that kind of facts in this kind of a ideal way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m around the appear for this kind of data.

ditginc wrote 2 weeks 6 hours ago

An fascinating discussion is value comment. I think that it is best to write extra on this matter, it won’t be a taboo topic however generally people are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers best gaming projector

best gaming projector wrote 2 weeks 18 hours ago

We aim to educate our patients about Chiropractic and other natural solutions to common health problems. We want you to be motivated to take a more active and responsible role in restoring and maintaining your own health as well as the people around you. boynton beach chiropractor

boynton beach chiropractor wrote 2 weeks 19 hours ago

I enjoyed reading your post and found it to be informative and to the topic. Thank you for not rambling on and on just to fill the page. Thanks.. voyance tel

Seo Backlinks wrote 2 weeks 21 hours ago

I am very happy to read this article .. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post. healthy life nutrition

Seo Backlinks wrote 2 weeks 21 hours ago

Thanks for sharing the post.. parents are worlds best person in each lives of individual..they need or must succeed to sustain needs of the family. physical therapy

Seo Backlinks wrote 2 weeks 21 hours ago

Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! Ramona Bombelli is an italian psychologist

Seo Backlinks wrote 2 weeks 21 hours ago

Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this article.I would like to thank you for the efforts you had made for writing this awesome article. president trump seizure

Seo Backlinks wrote 2 weeks 21 hours ago

I recently found many useful information in your website especially this blog page. Among the lots of comments on your articles. Heating And Cooling

Seo Backlinks wrote 2 weeks 21 hours ago

Awesome blog. I enjoyed reading your articles. This is truly a great read for me. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work! đồng phục bảo hộ lao động đà nẵng

digtinc wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

Mapletree Business City II
This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing this great article! That is very interesting Smile I love reading and I am always searching for informative information like this!

arbazkhan wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

Definitely why you get thus several blog comments.
buy college papers

Alex John wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

Your music is stunning. You have some extremely gifted craftsmen. I wish you the best of progress. forskolin

wallens wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work.
nordictrack e 7.0 z elliptical trainer

Anonymous wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

Incredible posting this is from you. I am really and truly thrilled to read this marvelous post. You've really impressed me today. I hope you'll continue to do so!
ap eamcet 2017 notification

arbazkhan wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work.Seo Backlinks Seo Backlinks

Seo Backlinks wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

This is my first time visit here. From the tons of comments on your articles,I guess I am not only one having all the enjoyment right here!
callcenter vacature

Anonymous wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

I recently came across your article and have been reading along. I want to express my admiration of your writing skill and ability to make readers read from the beginning to the end. I would like to read newer posts and to share my thoughts with you. nonveg food in thane

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

I am all that much satisfied with the substance you have specified. I needed to thank you for this awesome article. cognidepth buy

wallens wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

Hello, I came across your website in error after I searched google for this problem, I should state your

mk14 wrote 2 weeks 1 day ago

I feel a lot more people need to read this, very good info! . . . . . .

imranuddin wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

So luck to come across your excellent blog. Your blog brings me a great deal of fun.. Good luck with the site.

devidmiller5060 wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

WordPress for some of my sites. Something particularly you'd suggest about this?

mk14 wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks
hotels near zona rosa kc

Anonymous wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

Fabulous web journal! Do you have any tips and clues for trying essayists? I'm wanting to begin my own particular site soon however I'm somewhat lost on everything. Would you propose beginning with a free stage like WordPress or go for a paid alternative? There are such a large number of choices out there that I'm totally overpowered .. Any proposals? Much obliged! resorts on seven mile beach grand cayman

wallens wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

I went over this website and I believe you have a lot of wonderful information, saved to my bookmarks search real estate listings

wallens wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

Please continue this great work and I look forward to more of your awesome blog posts. kalibo hotels

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

This post is very simple to read and appreciate without leaving any details out. Great work! You completed certain reliable points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will agree with your blog http://www.itsellswithotis.com/

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

Your blogs further more each else volume is so entertaining further serviceable It appoints me befall retreat encore. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates Climatizacon

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 2 days ago

I feel that everything has been portrayed in methodical way with the goal that peruser could get greatest data and realize numerous things. satta matka

satta matka wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers.
surveyor rv dealer in missori

Anonymous wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

Thanks for every other informative site. The place else may just I get that kind of information written in such an ideal means? I have a venture that I’m just now operating on. and I have been on the look out for such information.
buy handmade

Anonymous wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

Finally I’ve found your blog, awesome way of explaining each and everything really.
write me a essay

Alex John wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

I was surfing net and luckily ran over this site and discovered exceptionally intriguing stuff here. Its truly enjoyable to peruse. I delighted in a considerable measure. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing this superb data. frog game hd

peter wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

Affordable link building services and packages from SEO link building agency. Outsource your link building to us for cheap. Let us build backlinks for you.
how to do link building for seo

digtinc wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

A group of ten/more people or two/more producer institutions or a mix of ten/more people and producer organizations can sign up as a Producer Company on the condition that:
1. Producer Company can have just equity share capital

producer company wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

I really enjoy simply reading all of your weblogs. You also found most important Miss You English SMS, English Love SMS, Funny SMS, Happy Christmas SMS, Love quotes, SMS for girlfriend, Valentine Day Sms Miss You English SMS, English Love SMS, Funny SMS, Happy Christmas SMS, Love quotes, SMS for girlfriend, Valentine Day Sms Love SMS

Love SMS wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

Thank you for making things easier for others who are kind of interested in learning more about this, really appreciate for more details voyance tel

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

I love this blog!! The flash up the top is awesome!! Compounding Pharmacy

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

Really great post, Thank you for sharing This knowledge.Excellently written article, if only all bloggers offered the same level of content as you, the internet would be a much better place. Please keep it up! Chicago public auto auction

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 3 days ago

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It is the old what goes around comes around routine. seo in miami

wallens wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago

Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting? I’m pleased I discovered it though, ill be checking back soon to find out what additional posts you include. Grandeur Park

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago

I enjoyed reading your post and found it to be informative and to the topic. Thank you for not rambling on and on just to fill the page. Thanks.. Interior Designer in Mumbai

Social Network wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago

Thank you so much you have given the great blogs site by which we can get more advantage.
persuasive writing rules

Alex John wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago

An entrancing talk is quality remark. I believe that it is best to compose additional on this matter, it won't be an unthinkable point however for the most part individuals are insufficient to chat on such themes. To the following. Salud search engine optimization los angeles

wallens wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago

I respect this article for the all around looked into substance and magnificent wording. I got so included in this material that I couldn't quit perusing. I am awed with your work and ability. Much thanks to you to such an extent. Las Vegas Top Shows July 2017

wallens wrote 2 weeks 4 days ago

Add A Comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img> <div> <pre> <address> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <blockquote> <p>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Use <bib>citekey</bib> or [bib]citekey[/bib] to insert automatically numbered references.

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.