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In her influential book Thermal Delight in Architecture, Lisa Heschong contends that people take pleasure in variably hot and cold environments – imagine, for instance, sitting outside in a hot tub during winter. The exterior of the Microtherme installation by Matter Design resembles a floating wooden shed, but inside, visible through portal-like holes and accessed through its open bottom, is a sculpted concrete interior. The temperature of the structure ranges from a chilly 9 degrees Celsius to a stifling 50 degrees thanks to embedded copper tubes carrying frigid or scalding water. Stepping inside to feel these extremes is a destabilizing and thrilling experience.

Project: Microtherme

Location: Boston, U.S.

Firm: Matter Design, U.S.

Team: Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee with Myung Duk Chung, Etta Dannemann, Cody Glen, Matthew Johnson, Asa Peller, Christoph Reinhart, Maya Shopova, Tyler Swingle and Luisel Zayas

People’s Choice: Temporary and Experiential Installations
Microtherme
Azure recognized these three landscape and temporary architecture projects from around the world with 2017 AZ Awards of Merit.
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2017
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Firm
People’s Architecture Office, Beijing, China
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2018
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Xiamen, China
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DevolutioN, Xiamen, China
2013
Winner + People’s ChoiceTemporary and Experiential Installations
Location
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Firms
Plain Projects, with Urbanink and Pike Projects, all of Winnipeg
Team
Liz Wreford Taylor with Colin Grover, Marcelle Lussier, Evan Marnoch and Shawn Stankewich