Seminar Energy Design
For centuries, scientists have been fascinated by the idea of pulling electricity right out of the air itself. Now, more than ever before, we are in need for an energy source to sustain the lives we have built up for ourselves. If we can capture the energy from sunlight with solar cells, why not do the same from the humid air? Recent findings of a group of scientists in Brazil state that the in fact the water droplets in air pick up a charge when in contact with other dust particles in the air – such as silica and aluminum phosphate. And what if this process of capturing the humid air and turning its power to electricity takes place right in the middle of a cumulus cloud? And what if this cloud is right in the middle of your building?
The project aims for exactly that – situated in Istanbul, on a site with persistent high humidity and high concentration of thunderstorms in the summer, the high rise not only reaches for the sky, but also possesses it. With help of two structural surfaces, optimized to catch the winds and redirect them towards the inner of the building, it simulates the process of creating a small scale thunderstorm and harvests a cumulus cloud. Tearing the conventional concept of a solid structural core and replacing it with a cloud turns the whole idea of a high rise building around and allows for a more flexible, dynamic and customized configuration of the programmable spaces, serving best to the contemporary man.
Essence 2014, Künstlerhaus, Vienna
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Evolo Skyscraper Competition 2013
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