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    Evermotion Challenge 2013 - Future Home design - Stratosphere+

    I'd like to share one of my latest projects with you and prepare some visuals for this competition that will be based on it. It's called Stratosphere+ and generally touches issues of atmospheric buoyancy. I've done research considering physics, economy and a site characteristic which helped me to conceive a concept of stratosphere-high structure of functional, communication, energy and climatic profile. While the first aspect is mainly represented by buoyant hotel, I think that developing this idea will correspond to the concept of the entire Challenge.
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    Concept:

    Mankind has always craved for reaching higher and higher and architecture aspired to break another barriers, seek new meanings and gain more prestige. Today seems to be just another episode of this struggle between gravitation and human thought. But have you ever pondered over how high eventually a man can venture? What height can have the highest building of the future? The theory seems simple. It would be exactly 35 786 km – the geostationary orbit altitude, which constitutes the line where furthest element attached to the ground has its sense of existing.
    This vision is fairly beyond our capabilities. I refer to it merely to evoke an image that departs from traditional engineering paradigm. I would like to elaborate on concept I call the inverted engineering and which consists in an assumption that building can be sustained, ie. prevented from flying away rather than erected in typical way. The principle is very simple: atmosphere has its own dynamical density and insertion of lighter objects can compensate appearance of denser ones. Buildings would be no longer monolithic solids but changeable structures which take advantage of complex atmosphere characteristic to achieve desirable load capacity. Possibilities are vast, including functional spaces, communication, energy and climatic issues. Furthermore, all of these is already attainable with contemporary technology.



    Here is some extract from part of the research I had made before I started making visuals for this competition. I used 3ds max to prepare global buoyancy potential infographics and Solidworks for CFD. These were elements of my university project. I don't want to get too much into details (however, ask my if you want to) but the result of these deliberations is double-layered buoyant sphere which becomes the basic structural element of my design.





    I chose cycloalkanes inerted hydrogen as preferable buoyant gas.



    In the next post I will try to sketch the mood and overall characteristics of pictures I'll attempt to prepare during this competition.
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    I bring some ref photos here.



    They are to evoke a mood I'll try to achieve. All is going to be placed in Arctic environment and I want to collate the dark grey ambience of cold winter ground-level scene and light blue gentleness of buoyant part.

    I decided to place my object in Tromso, Norway. The year is about 2030 so I don't suppose the city to change too much. Therefore, I based my environment on existing cityscape. I've modelled simple blocks using google street view for references.



    Here is the vicinity area that got a bit more detail:





    Also, I have shown changes which I proposed so as to organize existing urban fabric and create better vicinity for my futuristic structure(however, on the street level it is going to function as typical monolithic building with all buoyant stuff happening high above the ground).
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    I've done some buoyant elements modelling (living modules and buoyant elevators)

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    I'm done with modelling and texturing.

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    My main entry will be in skewed, manually distorted perspective (some kind of fish-eye upper section) so as to pack more of the vertical structure into one view.

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    A global approach to work
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    Here come my final entries.

    Firstly, the ground view. Anchoring structure as a typical monolithic building in Tromso harbour (although with buoyant cover above the lobby and multi-functional centre). I used evermotion birds and boats for this and my main goal was to achieve the cold, grey look of overcast sky that will be later compared with buoyant segments.

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    Now is the time for my main entry which shows buoyant, communication and living segments of the structure in utterly vertical, disrtorted perspective.

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    Some close-ups:

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    Everything made in 3ds max + vray + photoshop.
    Should I find enough time, I will post here one more diagram which is going to present the entire structure.
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    I upload the before-mentioned diagram of the entire structure.

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    It consists of (looking from the bottom):
    1. anchoring building
    2. communication substructure
    3. living modules
    4. buoyant substructure
    5. aeroturbines at jet streams altitudes
    6. solar constellation at geostrophic silence altitudes

    And finally, here is the final entry with a required strip:

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    And the second entry. I consider this one as additional (showing other aspects of the structure) while the previous one is the main one.
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