Carolina González Vives installs an urban oasis in Clouds Observatory
For Casadecor 2015, architect Carolina González Vives installed her Clouds Observatory on the rooftop of the fair’s home building. In the ambitious project Vives and her studio team were looking for ways to cool outdoors with the most minimal power consumption possible. They examined the spontaneous and natural mechanisms of oases in arid geographies, where the right combination of shade, vegetation, and water refrigerates the air. This is due to evaporation, which involves the movement of particles leading to the dissipation of 70% of solar radiation.
Now, we have the adequate technological tools to design an architectural space capable of reproducing the same climatic conditions. By softwares the shapes, materials, and layouts can be optimised to create an environment that preserves cooled for an extended time.
Vives’s solution includes a minimal toolkit. She used 3 low “clouds”, plastic covered inflatable pods that withhold dense and fresh air under them. The other elements of the terrace, including the shapes, surfaces, artificial hills, tiled roofs are all geometrically calculated to reproduce organic physical conditions.
The Casadecor rooftop, set above the urban concrete/stone jungle of Madrid, seems to be an ideal venue for putting the concept into work. While being a public and urban space, it is also open to the landscape with its view to the sky, making the ambitions fulfilled by the Observatory even more effective and compelling.
Pictures: Nacho Uribe Salazar
Source: UrDesign Magazine
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