Anti-Smog is a prototype project envisioned for a post-industrial area of Paris that aims to invent a new architecture — auto-sufficient, depolluting architecture, reactive to its environment. The Vincent Callebaut Architectures prototype relies heavily on building-integrated, green innovation such as vertical axis wind turbines, rooftop solar panels, and living walls and greenery. The result is a design that not only borders on positive energy as a self-sufficient structure, but one that moves into a refreshing realm of natural architecture that can clean and replenish the surrounding air.
The Solar Drop building, almost spaceship or UFO-esque, perches atop an old, unused railway. Solar Drop has a 250 m2 photovoltaic roof to capture solar energy, and the entire building is covered in titanium dioxide (TiO2) that reacts to the solar rays to reduce air pollution. Further, the two planted arches over the ellipses harvest rainwater for use in the building. The interior is absolutely flooded with natural light, too.
The Wind Tower building features an ostensible latticework of greenery and vertical axis wind turbines. The design calls upon the use of about 50 wind turbines that capture wind and generate energy for the project. Also, the apex of the Wind Tower building features a suspended garden in the sky.
Anti-Smog is an incredible design, and in my personal opinion, if there is anything that captures and embodies the vision the two words "jetson" and "green," this would be it.
Via email tip from Anna at Green Talk.
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