A flock of Polychrastalline solar cells suspend the Ozone detection pod over the city of London. The solar cells use Photovoltaics to convert light into electrical voltage which is stored in the Carbon fibre Silicium composite Ozone detection pod’s frame, this triggers the motor pod’s motor which controls Parabolic mirrored bands that reflect light in through the pod’s holographic glass sphere refracting it back out as a filtered source of sunlight with reduced harmful UVB radiation. The pod is made form strengthened high-density glass, the glass shape allows for a rainbow effect due to its ability to diffract light.This projected artificial light source can be controlled to alter its luminance mimicking summer Sunlight, the pod acts as a public gathering space whereby the individual experiences the transition from real to virtual using natural light projections. The pod’s design uses reflections and glimpses of the city in an attempt to define multiple horizon lines, this disorientation suggests a non-hierarchy and continuously altering relationship with the changing physical context dictated by the Ozone detection pod.
An architecture of multiple horizon lines, a non-hierarchy and altered relationship with the changing physical context.
The pods alter actual physical space by creating illusions using light projections, they also create mirages using temperature changes and light to diffract and reflect the city redefining the environment into which we can re-appropriate offering new design contexts and criteria into which to design.The pods are suspended from existing building and dotted around the River Thames, they simulate a flock of birds in orientation which collectively gather enough light energy to choreograph the Ozone detection pods and their parabolic mirror movements. The pod’s movement is controlled by an increase of harmful UVB light rays which trigger a reed switch within the pod completing the electrical circuit that moves mirrors in order to reflect, refract and filter as much natural light as possible.
The artificial summer, sunbathers bask in a simulated UV filtered artificial summer.
Architect: Margot Krasojevic A.A.Dipl; M.Arch; Ph.D