Wonderful and Whacky - Breathable Sky-high Giants
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.