FLUID NETWORKS Pittsburgh,PA

Fall 2014 | Eddy Man Kim, Mick McNutt and Dana Cupkova

in collaboration with Fah Kanjanavanit

Located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, these eco-machine housing units provide a sustainable community. The housing varies with single and triple bedroom along with inland or river-front housing. Using the site’s location adjacent to the river, this project uses living machines to clean the blackwater before being released into the river. Solar energy is also utilized by using the solar thermal collectors located on the N-S oriented housing to reduce the carbon footprint and make the community close to being self-sufficient. Water channels act as dividers for the community and enrich the experience of the residents. 

Rendered Site plan showing connection of the located site to its context and the Allegheny River

Program distribution across the site which includes 64% area dedicated to systems for sustainable design

Site Diagram showing Circulation across the site

Site Digram showing the urban connection and reachability of the site 

Site Digram showing the urban connection and reachability of the site 

Diagram outlaying the different systems floes across from the site. The red line denotes major sewage points begin redirected into the site from the neighborhood

System section showing the working of the system on a basic one or two module housing

Diagram showing the different systems and their working throughout the site

Plan of a typical housing unit located in the inland

Plan of a typical housing unit located in the inland

Section of a 1 bedroom inland unit

Section of a 1 bedroom inland unit

Section of a 4 bedroom inland unit

Section of a 4 bedroom inland unit

Plan of a typical unit on the river's edge

Plan of a typical unit on the river's edge

Section of a 1 bedroom unit on the river's edge

Section of a 1 bedroom unit on the river's edge

Section of a 4 bedroom unit on the river's edge

Section of a 4 bedroom unit on the river's edge

Exploded model of the different kind of housing units

ETFE panels used as green houses to protect the ingrown plants from harsh weather conditions along with load analysis

Rendered image looking at the canal and its relationship to the housing units

Rendered image looking at the canal and its relationship to the housing units

Rendered image of the housing units looking from a canoe in the river

Rendered image of the housing units looking from a canoe in the river

Site Model with the housing units and the canal network

Site Model with the housing units and the canal network

Individual housing modules with the ETFE panels milled and then vaccuum formed to shape

Individual housing modules with the ETFE panels milled and then vaccuum formed to shape