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Landshare Project: Alternative Designs
Landshare World would look boring if all universal terrestrial dwellings were the same. Other Landshare dwellers may prefer their own variants on one of the many other candidate designs I played around with on the way to selecting my own favourite.
The shapes of conventional houses and buildings are based on the rectangle. This is inevitably invaded by chimney breasts and other obstructions, which results in activity spaces with awkward and unusable corners. The ideal shape for an area of human activity or gathering is the circle. And the ideal envelope for a circular area is a sphere. The sphere encloses maximum volume for minimum surface area. It is therefore the easiest to keep warm or cool.
Notwithstanding, in what is to us essentially a two-dimensional realm on the Earth's surface, the sphere wastes too much volume in the vertical dimension. For the ideal space to enclose an area of human activity, I have therefore adopted the circular ellipsoid. This is essentially a squashed sphere, which is half-scaled in the vertical dimension only.
The circular ellipsoid retains much of the properties of the sphere, although it has a little more surface area per unit volume. On the other hand, it is extremely aerodynamic. This equips it to withstand high winds and lends itself to becoming an airborne vehicle for easy relocation. All the following designs for a universal terrestrial dwelling are therefore based on one form or another of mathematically manipulating the shape of a circular ellipsoid.
The Three-Level: a dwelling comprising three ellipsoidal units, each on a separate floor level - at ground level, half a storey above ground and one storey above ground.
The Twin-Daisy: a dwelling comprising two ellipsoidal modules: a daytime module and a night-time module, both one storey above ground level.
The Yin-yang: version of the Twin-Daisy set in a yin-yang garden.
The Ellipsoid Model: my first experiments with 3-dimensional shape-generation using POVray.
The Tri-Flower and Five-Petal: variants on the Ellipsoid Model above.
Ellipsoidal Modules: designs of dwellings, each comprising many ellipsoidal modules arranged in various geometric patterns, including that of a snow flake.
Torus Dwelling: various internal room configurations encapsulated in a plain simple torus shaped shell.
Clover Dwelling: one of my favourite designs based on three fluted shell units, which together create a dwelling in the form of a 3-leafed clover.
Other Experimental Designs: a similar variety of arrangements of modules of various other shapes including: fluted ellipsoids, bulging cylinders, hexagons and various torus-based shapes.
The Five Finalists
Six Merged Flattened Ellipsoids
Six Linked Transparent Toroids
The Six-Segment Anulus
Six Merged Elongated Ellipsoids
Five Merged Elongated Ellipsoids
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