STUDENT: Travis Lydon
SCHOOL: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in collaboration with S.O.M.
CLASS: 3rd Year Studio
PROFESSORS: Ted Ngai, Richard Sarrach
PROGRAMS USED: 3D Studio Max, Maya, Rhino, Grasshopper, V-Ray, Mental Ray, Maxwell Rendering
F+: Here’s a pretty sweet project from Travis Lydon from RPI. Done during a semester at RPI’s CASE studio (Center for Architecture Science & Ecology), a joint effort between RPI and SOM. Their mission, from the CASE website “is addressing the need for accelerated innovation of radically new sustainable built environments through the development of next-generation building systems.” This particular project is an adaptation of a solar chimney into a facade skin system for ventilation and temperature control.
The project focuses on a re-creation and adaptation of a traditional solar chimney as an exterior facade skin system for temperature control and ventilation, derived from similar biological systems.
Starting from an analysis of a unique animal function or process, we extracted a conceptual and systematic logic to be applied to a synthetic proposal which incorporates all aspects of the design.
A more calibrated analysis of the functions of the animal translated to a modular system of use. The distribution and application of the system is then determined according to the prevailing winds and available solar radiation on site.
The system originally was introduced on a small modular scale, and then upon further investigation was pushed to a more monolithic envelope system which is precisely calibrated to provide adequate ventilation and redirection of airflow on site.
The temperature difference between the walls and the facade, which translates to a natural circulation in the threshold zone drawing warm up and out of the tentacle like chimneys.