This project, winner of the best studio project award 2016, was conceived during Self-sufficient building studio in Master of Advanced Architecture at IAAC, under the guidance of Enric Ruiz-Geli and Mireia Luzarraga-Alvarez.
It is a visionary program for a self-sufficient campus in Shenzhen. The outcome has been an holistic design that concerns not only architecture and space, but even lifestyle and learning processes.
Nature, empathy, responsiveness, relativity have been principal drivers through this project, centered around the human being and his perception of the world.
Four main sub-systems are implemented into the campus:
Water shield system, Gateways, Farming belts and Algae kitchens.
The task of this system is to protect the internal environment from external pollution for both air and water, using local resources.
Five water-domes defines 5 different ecosystem, in which climate is controlled by the variation of geometry of water jet, water temperature and height of domes. Having variable geometries can allow also to turn the system off when it is not required, not storing energy in unadaptable solid structures.
Positioned at the center of each dome, this fountain provides water jets that are constantly modifying the shape of domes, according to the needs. Inclination of scales, source of water and water temperature are variables in this process.
3D printed model of central fountain
Overview of the internal part of the Campus: Algae kitchen, Farming belts and the Dome, made out of fiberglass.