Water Anomalies, Sailboat factory

Mirko Daneluzzo (website), Verena Lihl, Igor Szuba
Die Angewandte
Greg Lynn Studio
Faculty: Greg Lynn (website)


The sea has evoked and inspired a study about wave surfaces as engine of the project: the goal is to use a single wavy surface that adapts itself to articulate all the parts of the building, indoor and outdoor spaces, production and exhibition areas, defining a strong coastal design, a recognizable landmark. The big wavy surface is defined by a structure of interwoven steel beams, that gives intriguing light/shadows effects to the inner spaces. The rooms are closed by oversized fibre-composite panels, used for the roof and walls. The same technology is used to build a series of suspended cocoons connected to each other through catwalks grafted into the waves. These cocoons are home to offices, design spaces and conference rooms: the ground level is let free for the production activity, the administrative and design side stand over, with the possibility to have a comprehensive look from above.   Double layered roof: Passive Heating and Cooling The building has a natural ventilation/air flow geometry based on environmental parameters, including wind and sun thermal siphon technique, creating a natural form of air-conditioning. Aerodynamically streamlined shapes reduce wind pressures and assist the airflow within the building. The double roof serves as a second buffer for thermal and acoustic variations, where operable elements supplement and support good day lighting and let in natural air: the second plastic skin, connected to the thermal chimney, ventilates and cools the building, carrying off used air heated by passive solar energy. A network of photovoltaic cells is integrated into the outer layer to provide electricity to the building machinery and the production units of the factory.



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