Won­der­ful and Whacky - Breath­able Sky-high Giants

Industry Leaders - - Green Revolution -

Ma­cau’s ‘ Ar­mored Block’, Morocco’s ‘Old-fash­ioned Pen’, and Dubai’s bil­lion­dol­lar ‘Co­conut’ are a few won­der­ful yet wacky ex­am­ples of ar­chi­tec­tural con­struc­tions on the rise. Also, this is not the end as there are plenty more in the line. Let’s un­wind the mys­ter­ies be­hind the mar­vel of sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture, the one with breath­able skin.

‘Ur­ban Tent’ - Breath­able Sky­scrapers

The sky­scraper seeks to trans­form the static ty­pol­ogy by re­uti­liza­tion of the tra­di­tional tent con­cept. How? This is be done by us­ing the breath­able skin, which adapts mul­ti­ple en­vi­ron­men­tal set­tings ef­fi­ciently with­out re­sort­ing to the sys­tem of air-con­di­tion­ing. Ur­ban Tent Sky­scraper’s de­sign is con­ceived as re­sem­bling hu­man skin with a por­ous fab­ric mem­brane on the build­ing’s ex­te­rior. It’s more like epi­der­mis.

Con­se­quently, the oc­cu­pants can pre­fer to be in var­i­ous tem­per­a­tures and com­fort that also cre­ates an op­por­tu­nity for co-ex­is­tence of var­i­ous plants and trees. In­di­vid­u­als can en­joy the win­ter by feel­ing warm in­side the warmer in­te­ri­ors of fab­ric rooms. The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior fab­ric func­tion to­gether in a man­ner, which cre­ates var­i­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions and mi­cro­cli­mates on the in­te­rior of the build­ing such that the tough ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment is au­to­mat­i­cally fil­tered into the space of the build­ing in var­i­ous amounts.

In a site like Seoul, The Ur­ban Tent is vi­su­al­ized to work quite well. The cap­i­tal city of South Korea is known to have four ex­treme con­di­tions, warm springs, chilly au­tumns, hot sum­mers, and freez­ing­cold win­ters re­spec­tively. So to adapt to such rad­i­cal changes, the sky­scraper is ca­pa­ble of clos­ing and open­ing like the mech­a­nism of a tra­di­tional tent, to change not only the tower’s macro-cli­mate, but also mi­cro-cli­mates. The in­ner and out fab­ric walls of the tower can open up in sum­mer so that the process of nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion can take place. Depend­ing on the level of floor re­quire­ments, the in­te­rior rooms can be opened or closed dur­ing au­tumn and spring. Sim­i­larly, in the same mech­a­nism, the fab­ric of the tower is fully closed in win­ter with an ad­di­tional so­lu­tion of ice-cap­tur­ing in or­der to boost the in­su­la­tion ca­pac­ity.

The ar­chi­tec­ture is a fresh spa­tial ex­pe­ri­ence of evanes­cent beauty. Like na­ture, one could say. It warps with the

wind, cap­tures shad­ows, and changes with sun­light. This kind of de­sign, as we imag­ine, will of­fer var­i­ous types of ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­tiv­ity to oc­cur in the rou­tine life of the res­i­dence as in­di­vid­u­als are mov­ing closer to Mother Na­ture. Even in Ur­ban life­style.

Im­age: Ur­ban Tent

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