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Solar Shanghai Pavilion Made From Used CD Cases

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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Solar Shanghai Pavilion Made From Used CD Cases

Preparations for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 are heating up and many countries are getting in on the action by designing structures for the space. We couldn’t help but be dazzled by the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion by Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, but we were even more impressed to learn that the fascinating building is composed of thousands of plastic tubes made from used CD cases! Read on to find out what other green features the pavilion is incorporating besides the extensive use of recycled materials.

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Solar Shanghai Pavilion Made From Used CD Cases

The impressive exterior structure is composed of hundreds of polycarbonate transparent recycled plastic tubes formed into a grid-like matrix. Recycled from used CD cases, the polycarbonate tubes will be able to be recycled again at the end of the building’s life. Multi-colored LED lights will be built into the exterior structure and be computer controlled to change the appearance of the exterior on a whim or based on a computer program.

Energy will be collected through a 1,600 sq meter solar thermal energy system of heat collecting tubes on the roof. This system will heat water up to 95ºF and will be used to generate electricity through ultra-low temperature power generation, which is similar to power generation from low-temperature geothermal reservoirs.  This energy will be used for the both the exposition as well as every day power needs.

A misting system will also add to the structures appearance and help give it a dream like feel. It can be sprayed in various patterns under the entrance ceiling to give the building a fresh and elegant appearance. The mist will also help lower the temperature, purify the air and create a comfortable climate in pavilion. Mist and some water use inside the building will come from collected rainwater, which will be treated for sedimentation and then filtered and stored.

Next year’s World Expo in Shanghai should be an exciting event showcasing many sustainable buildings, technologies and ideas. The Shanghai Corporate Pavilion looks like an intriguing and original addition.

ANIMAL WALL: Deluxe Apartments For Birds and Bats

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment
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ANIMAL WALL: Deluxe Apartments For Birds and Bats

You don’t often hear about a wall being an object of desire, but that is exactly what Gitta Gschwendtner’s Animal Wall is for residents of all species in Cardiff Bay, UK. This 50-meter wall includes 1000 houses for birds and bats, and also acts as a textural and geometric sculptural divider between a residential development and a river front. Commissioned by Charles Church Developments, the wall took two-and-a-half years to construct, which is the same length of time it took to complete the housing that the wall shields.

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ANIMAL WALL: Deluxe Apartments For Birds and Bats

Now that the wall homes are ready for moving in, why are there no winged creatures settling? It turns out that birds and bats will not be ready to nest until the spring, so it is no worry that they are not inhabiting the Animal Wall just yet. When they are ready to pick their new home, a wide variety of bats, starlings, sparrows and blue and grey tits are expected to inhabit the wall. “But not everyone will come at the same time,” says Gschwendtner. “Instead there will be a constant turn-around of tenants.” The feathered friends will have four different sized woodcrete (a mixture of wood and concrete) homes to choose from.

This ecological project was commissioned by developers of the Century Wharf area of Cardiff Bay due to the increasing concern for the depletion of the natural bird habitat there. We love that these animals will have a posh new home come spring, and that the residents of Century Wharf can enjoy a stunning work of green architecture.