The Sun Shadow Pavilion by Michael Jantzen
Architectural designs have been time and again inspired by curiousand exceptional influences, but this time Michael Jantzen has seriouslytranscended to an altogether different level by envisaging theextraordinarily remarkable conception in the form of the Sun ShadowPavilion. The influence in this case literally alludes to the nameitself, as the above pictured design was stimulated by the shadows caston a flat white surface, which had a large square array of photovoltaicsolar panels mounted upon it. The final three dimensional pyramidalembodiment was the result of inserting solid planes (along the patterns) from the brim of each of the eight shadows to the periphery of thesolar panels.
In this case the spatial experiment relating to the shadows was doneon 3rd June, 2011 from 9AM to 5PM. But the unconventionality of thedesign is quite apparent when we take into the different patterns ofshadows (cast from the solar panels) during different times of the year. This literally allows a myriad of flexible design forms relating to the intrinsic dimensions of location, date and time. This means the shapeof the final structure would change in relation to different places onEarth.
But visual aesthetics aside, the design will also include a plethoraof sustainable features, such as clean and green electrical powergenerated by a whole system of translucent solar panels. The translucent solar panels would also allow some degree of natural lighting to beinducted inside the pavilion. The dark colored facade of the buildingwill have double membranes for accentuation of diffusion of warm andcold air. Moreover, some part of it will be utilized for collection ofrainwater to be stored further in underground containers.
Finally, the eight hour shadow patterns would be painted on the floor of the pavilion in order to convey the origin of the three dimensionalshape of the structure to the visitors. So basically, at the end of theday, we have a fascinating iteration of high art that makes its mark asan ingenious example of a sustainable wonderland.
[Thanks, Michael Jantzen]
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