Design Ethos in the jungle


Studio Nimbus is constructed from steel / foam / steel SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) attached to simple structural steel rectangles. Construction is quick, simple and can be done on restricted, remote sites under adverse weather conditions. The rainforest is a beautiful place. Through thoughtful design, it is possible to to live comfortably and sustainably in the jungle. This website runs through the design and construction considerations of building a house in the jungle in a bit more detail than possible in the  magazine Renew ,Technology for a sustainable future, Building Materials Special, Innovative Sustainable Materials, SIPs in the Tropics, Habitat in the Clouds  Issue 132 article p 54-57 for the Alternative Technology Association.

Design Ethos

In the rainforest, you use different senses. Sight is diminished, you can see a hint of movement, the flick of leaves or the out of pattern oscillation of a leaf but rarely the creature responsible. Sound and smell are the senses that predominate. Sound takes on dimensionality, calls given, distant replies receding into infinity. Smell is musty, complex with nuanced changes as you traverse you way through. You can smell areas peaty wet and flinty dry, logs sweetly rotting, the fragrance of flowers out of sight high in the canopy, recent and not so recent kills.

Sound and smell are senses closer to your soul, primeval senses harking back to ancient primate ancestral lines. In our jungle home we want to be able to hear the waterfalls, approaching showers, the wind blowing through the canopy, the birds. We want to smell the flowers. The architecture of Studio Nimbus transports us from being mere observers inside a conventional disconnected air-conditioned bubble to becoming entwined with the landscape.