DATE : 2007
TYPE : Architectural web magazine
TITLE : "French Anti-Smog"
Editor : Ryan McClain
LINKS : www.architecture.myninjaplease.com
In this case the ‘green’ technologies are not simply an attempt to sustain this one building alone, but instead to actually ‘de-pollute’ the Parisian environment. Quite the task to accomplish - but how?
ship] starts off with 250 square meters of photovoltaic panels. Next, the white, ship-like ‘body’ of the building is coated in titanium dioxide [TiO2] in it’s anatase form - which is self cleaning, and can aid in the reduction of local air pollution through it’s reaction with ultraviolet radiation [I think the argument here is that when organic particulates in the air come into contact with the building the TiO2 acts as a catalyst, causing them to break down - thus diminishing the amount of these particulates in the air].
Inside the ‘Drop’ are public meeting and function rooms and a large exhibition space - all organized around a central courtyard/garden - a ‘phyto-purified aquatic lagoon’.
The second part of Anti-Smog is the Wind Tower [below] - a spiraling public art gallery, capped by a ‘garden in the sky’. The building skin is a layering of a number of materials and technologies, including ‘green’ plant elements and Darrieus machines [wind turbines] to take advantage of the local prevailing winds to create renewable energy.
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