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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Nafpliotis, Irene
URN etd-07112005-225407
Title Pneuma in Winery
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Chair
Frascari, Marco Committee Member
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Member
  • Wine
  • Grapes
  • Lungs
  • Pipes
  • Air
Date of Defense 2005-02-11
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"Pneuma" comes from the greek word (Pnein) meaning "breath", "wind"as well as the vital spirit the "soul".

Warm, cool, humid, airy are all important parts of our experience of a place, they influence what we choose to do there but also how we feel about the space. Thermal qualities are important in the architects initial conception and could influence all phases of design.

Airflow is as important to the human body as it is in a building. The goal of my thesis was to produce architecture that brings "Pneuma" or life and spirit in to the building through natural ventilation system.

The project is a winery, in Barbousville Virginia. The situation and orientation of the building is based on the air movement in the site and the view to the outside. The main idea of my thesis is to bring air through pipes from the center of the building representing the main aorta of the human body as well as the Pnuema of the winery.

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