OODA unveils a green design for New Taipei City Museum of Art

August 26, 2011 by  
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Ruchika Pahwa: Taipei City Museum of Art Designed by OODA If you are an avid art lover and appreciator of special architecture, you would have been to several art exhibitions and museums. But, have you ever got to encounter such a huge structure that houses art pieces, as well as stands high within a city, displaying marvelous architecture? If not, here is your chance to witness an art museum that is as amazing as the art itself! OODA, a Portuguese practice, presents one of its outstanding architectural designs in the form of the new Taipei City Museum of Art located in Taipei, Taiwan. While taking part in the ‘new taipei city museum of art international competition’, OODA was given a merit award for their museum design proposal. Picture Gallery OODA New Taipei City Museum Of Art New Taipei City Museum Of Art Designed by OODA The proposal aimed at the development of a building that could act as a landmark for the urban center’s people. It was designed to be an innovative concept and it became! This form has two hypercubes that are molded as a cube with an angle of 90 degree, suspended within a contorted, large volumetric box. There is a lifted, arched exterior that lets visitors pass under it through the centralized elevator core. This entrance plaza offers a spectacular display of fountains and greenery. In the building’s surroundings too, up to 1,250 trees have been planted within the forestation areas. This green approach gives a contrasting view to the carbon footprint the site projects. Galleries in the art museum run along a continuous and perimeter ramp. This ramp is shaped upwards in a spiral manner while going through a shifting interior area that wraps around the art resource center. In order to provide the required privacy to the administrative staff of the museum, its administration section is placed at the building’s highest level. The children’s museum is kept to be placed below grade for easy access. There are running steel elements that are derived from the inner form’s intersection points. Such elements, in an inclined manner, run from the inside form’s one corner to the other, while providing a strong support to the whole outer structure of the museum. A glass facade with double curvature gets developed when the main columns are wrapped with the skin. This complete structure is crafted with an environmentally friendly approach in mind, and therefore, available opportunities are taken advantage of. Such opportunities range from the collection of water and solar panels’ integration to making way for the ventilation of air through atrium spaces and operable windows. So, it is a green step taken to present a beautiful architectural structure with intact hues of precious art forms before the Taipei city’s residents and visitors. Via: Designboom

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Solar Dok harnesses solar energy to power your gadgets

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Ruchika Pahwa: Solar Dok Solar powered outdoor charging station You would have heard of, and even used, a range of solar-powered devices that have been appearing in the market and making a space in your everyday life. There are so many equipments and utensils that have made solar energy as their operational base and have helped transform lives. Here is the latest environment-friendly, green solution, named Solar Dok, which you may use to charge your variety of gadgets and that too at any outdoor location! Sounds of interest? Then, you should check out some unique features to support its usage wherever you want. Picture Gallery Solar Dok Solar powered outdoor charging station If you keep several gadgets with you while going for a picnic or having a relaxing weekend at the beach hut, you may have faced problems when these gadgets got discharged and you had no sockets to plug these in or you were away from grid energy. At such a moment when it is important for you to have your gadget in a working condition, Solar Dok can come to your rescue! This outdoor gadget charging station has an umbrella on the upper part that is fitted with photovoltaic cells, sensitive to the sunlight. These photovoltaic cells help in harnessing the sun’s energy and transform them to food for your hungry mobile phone or laptop. Check out this video! More importantly, this umbrella can be adjusted at various different angles, and thus it gets exposed to maximum sunlight. It also has a battery for storage so an uninterrupted power supply can be passed on to the device being charged. Below this umbrella, is a seating plan to make you and your gadgets sit. The umbrella is connected to this base. You just need to plug in your equipment and there go away all your worries – for you to relax under the sun and have fun by getting involved in your ongoing activities. Solar Dok has a digital readout with charge controller that will keep giving you a reading of power levels. It also has USB Type A, as well as 110 VAC GFCI power outlets. Along with the above features, the charging station in installed with an LED lighting system of 700 lumen that has high intensity but is low powered. The charging station’s lighting system gets operated through a push button, and the machine is made to work at night through a timer. The green fact about Solar Dok is that it uses sun’s renewable energy to power gadgets, but the greenest fact is its complete structure being made of the recycled material. You may call it a green machine that is an off-grid solution to all your charging problems! Solar Dok Solar powered outdoor charging station Via: Planet Custodian

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