Needlab aims to explore the interaction between nature and technology, between traditional craftsmanship and digital fabrication.
Needlab_Matters a travelling project series which focuses on unveiling new ways of creating a dialog between local materials, social customs, cultural heritage and environment. Following the motto “act local, think global”, projects are proposed to be built in different countries. These projects based on the same research agenda in different locations of the world will help us to draw conclusions and broaden our learning of architecture.
"Build your architecture from what is beneath your feet"
- Hassan Fathy
B_Project - More than Honey
Adopt a Hive
The aim of B_project is to make and install 60 beehives for the apiary which will generate income for the livelihood of the tribe in Araku valley, India. The design of the hives is based on the species of bees which are native to the region, hives are digitally fabricated using CNC milling.
One can adopt a hive which will in turn fund the installation of the bee-hives in the apiary. The donor's name will be displayed on the bee-hive and they can monitor the health of the hive they have adopted, by looking at the sensor data on the Needlab Website.
Needlab is coming to India
"The future of India lies in its villages”- Mahatma Gandhi.
About a tenth of the humanity lives in rural India, making it a focal point for issues of national and international concern. Needlab humbly announces its collaboration with Think Peace- World, an NGO working in 235 villages in Andhra Pradesh, India, to develop sustainable community and build a school, library, Apiary for the region.
Image credits : Think Peace- World
Needlab_Kuwait Matters Pavilion
Built for Kuwait using materials from Kuwait.
The brick structure standing in Al Shaheed Park is built by the Kuwait University Architecture Department students during the Needlab_Kuwait Matters Project. This structure has been designed based on the solar and structural analysis done during the design process for Kuwait. The structure is also a proof of concept of bricks working in pure compression and was developed to take advantage of the thermal inertia of the brick as much as possible. The perforations created by the placement of the bricks is to climatically enhance the internal space by ventilating it. The sand-lime bricks used for construction are made in Kuwait using the local materials which reduce the carbon footprint.