Well, I’ve decided to hit my readers with a little environmental, architectural eye candy. I like to get political every now and then, but I really like to throw in some skyscrapers, prefabs, or dream houses here at Jetson Green (check the category cloud on the left). Of course, everything has a sustainable approach to it. Today’s post is a little different, if not impractical, but it’s deceptively time consuming–when you go to this website, you’ll find yourself gazing at all the different projects and fighting within as to whether such structures can actually work. I did for about 45 minutes and the only thing that stopped me was the sound of Colbert’s voice. Here it goes:: enter Michael Jantzen and his Portfolio.
He’s really into wind, if you can’t tell: wind shaped pavilion, wind shade roof, wind turbine observation tower, + wind tunnel footbridge. That’s good, though, because buildings that integrate environmental design into the structure can be effective. If you haven’t heard, such a building was designed to be zero energy by SOM called the Pearl River Tower (China). So these Jantzen renderings should, at a minimum, get us thinking about design, sustainability, and the endless possibilities.
The wind shaped pavilion, pictured top, is a large fabric structure with six slowly rotating segments that can be used as a public or private pavilion. <I’m thinking wedding bells, maybe?> Each segment’s rotation generates electricity for nighttime illumination. And logically, the shape and design lends itself to natural light and ventilation. Having the ability to rotate segments provides the convenience of optimizing shade when the sun starts to beat down. I think this type of creative design is necessary so people can have living and working spaces that are nimble, comfortable, healthy, and effective.