- NextLandmark2015 winners Research category
The research project of these two researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany uses the cheeky title that clearly references one of the most popular Sunday sweets in Germany to explore the theme of semi-detached homes.
And this apparently light-hearted approach with concrete consequences convinced the international jury to award the first prize to Tereza Spindlerova and Jana Melber.
Starting from a strictly architectural theme, how they can rehabilitate what is often a featureless form of architecture, a neglected part of city centres and suburbs, the young researchers explore the possible symbiosis between nature and technology.
The example of vanilla ice cream and raspberries was used to concretely explain their idea of a harmonious blend of the two halves of these semi-detached homes, also characterised by an oriental vision of Yin and Yang.
On the one hand, the frozen raspberries represent a white house, built of household freezers whose hot air is used to heat the other half - a semi-sphere greenhouse, which is home to vanilla orchids, amongst other plants, and hummingbirds as pollinators.
A perfect symbiosis, where Yin and Yang are reinterpreted in the harmony of a traditional dish to open up new ways of contemporary living, overcoming the dichotomy between nature and technology.
Project: Vanilla Ice Cream and Hot Raspberries
by Tereza Spindlerova and Jana Melber from the University of Stuttgart
Winners of the first prize in the “Research” category of the NextLandmark2015 contest
Images: Courtesy of Tereza Spindlerova and Jana Melber
Photography: Mauro Consilvio