Sun Shelter on Hudson River green | colorful public space


Overview + recognition

Enzyme Biolabs, Ipswitch, New England, International Competition, 2001
ArciCAD LA Grand Prize 2002
The ArchiCad Book, Springer Wien NY, 2002, 2005

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Project Details

It may sound silly perhaps, however, this is an idea to create a kinetic sun shelter, operated by its users. The scheme follows a simple rectangular grid with three triangular sail sizes. Each mast is equipped with four manual ratchets, which allow for changing the height of the sail connection in its corners. Thus the spatial disposition and shade cast are constantly varied by the users, depending on the weather and position of the sun. the perpetual morphing of the light shading devices creates a poetic reflection of nature and the overall constant cosmic motion surrounding us. Nevertheless, in this case it depends also on human interaction. Ror the time being...

P.S. Further technology development in recent years has called for computer operation of the sails, adding a modular algorythm, which allows for uneven sun adjustment. The fabric of the sais is also photovoltaic, thus powering the sail operation at day and providing lighting at night. The modular plan of the SunShelter and its sustainability make it applicable to any terrain, urban or natural environment.