Nicky Rhodes

Interdisciplinary designer / maker / thinker with an academic background in the intersections of architecture, society, and the environment, and a foundation in the arts. I strive to craft spaces that connect people with their community, their ecosystem, and themselves.

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Greenhouse

AMBLER, PA – Built with recycled materials, this zero-energy greenhouse is designed to be fully self-sufficient. The structure captures solar energy and rain water, and draws temperature control from the Earth. I participated in all stages of construction with a local ecological building group.

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    Bus Stop Open House
  • Built with recycled materials, this zero-energy greenhouse is designed to be fully self-sufficient. The structure captures solar energy and rain water, and draws temperature control from the Earth. I participated in all stages of construction with a local ecological building group.

    A large earth berm on the structure's north side acts as a solar battery, absorbing energy during the day through southern glazing and releasing it at night.

    Cisterns buried in the berm store rainwater for irrigation in the greenhouse.

    The greenhouse is attuned to the ebbs and flows of its ecosystem. It is composed of numerous interconnected systems, each harnessing and utilizing naturally replenishing resources.

    The greenhouse is attuned to the ebbs and flows of its ecosystem. It is composed of numerous interconnected systems, each harnessing and utilizing naturally replenishing resources.

    Salvaged tires are a strong and durable building material with high thermal retention properties. Plus, they can be found strewn on the side of the road.

    The greenhouse's energy load is reduced through passive strategies. Two photovoltaic panels provide power for the entire structure.

    Bricks were made using glass bottles salvaged from a local bar, extracting the material from the typical, energy-intensive recycling stream.