Conceptual designer, artist, architect, inventor and engineer Michael Jantzen has come up with radically different methods for us to interact with our built environment and architecture design.
His creations not only experiment with the organization of space and material but questions and re-inventions the very consciousness that dictate our interactions. In his many years experimenting with sustainable building strategies, Jantzen has come up with ways to reduce our pull on resources and extend building life using new technologies and simple archaic design methods.
Most of his projects thrive to absorb and store resources to function as independently from the grid as possible. Many of his works include operable physical parts in combination with
digital interfaces and modern energy collection devices. A more explored structure is a central space in a ring with rotating sections that envelop the volume and change its function.
In the altered photo series “Deconstructing the Houses,” large suburban homes appear fragmented and jumbled, almost as if they are falling down.
In this photo collection, the designer rotates parts of buildings to give the appearance of fragmentation. Doing so is meant to change our view of McMansions from lifelong investment to money pit.
“I picked out houses that were very large and expensive to work with,” .”The idea that these very expensive places, so many of which are in foreclosure, struck me. I wanted to play with the idea of stability.” says Michael