Visionary architect Heinz Pahl-Kaupp reimagines how buildings interact with the natural world drawing on sacred geometry to inspire new dimensions in the possibility of buildings.
With any construction Heinz starts by asking the question – “do we want to minimize contact with the land or maximize it?” For a rustic building like Michael Reynold’s Earthships in a temperate climate it may be appropriate to go deep and build into the ground, for example, imagine the classic Hobbit Home.
Building in a tropical jungle is different. Key considerations are maximising airflow, separation from jungle critters and minimizing disruption of the ecosystem. Answering these challenges has given rise to The Floating Zeppelin – an extraordinary two story building that hangs from giant wooden pilings embedded seamlessly into the jungle floor in the shape of a sacred pyramid.
Heinz insists that we should be more ambitious and rather than talking about minimising ecological footprints start thinking about net positive impacts on surrounding ecological systems. Utilizing local green materials, and proactively approaching energy and biodiversity issues it is possible to add value to an area and ecological systems through a new building’s design, construction and operation.
Heinz has recently moved from Bali, his home for the last 10 years, to Bruton in Somerset. Collaborating with local eco companies he is offering a range of services that include:
- Design and construction of green buildings and garden pods
- Sacred geometry applied to product design and landscape gardening (e.g. for meditation, contemplation and relaxation)
- Design and sacred geometry consultancy and education including speaking engagements
Here is an example of Sacred Geometry Architecture (Fibonacci) applied to a home floor plan design in a resort: