Weather in Santa Cruz is warm and wet and it is pleasant all year long. The summer season is rather hot but the rest of the year the average temperature is nice, except a few days during the winter.
We propose to create a space that performs as climate buffer, a kind of gallery that tempers the thermal gap and optimizes the energy consumption of the building. The gallery is built in the simplest possible way: with an insulating fabric. This canvas is a movable element that can be opened or closed according to the needs of the moment.
Thus it is set a dynamic enclosure that will vary depending on the requirements of each inhabitant. Similar to a coat you wear depending on everyday weather. This simple operation is similar to Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artistic performances. This action has three consequences that add firmness to the exterior image of the building:
- It varies the perception of the tower and its relationship with the surrounding landscape.
- The fabric allows the current building to be perceived but its details will disappears and its plastic condition will be exalted.
- The wrapping operation alters the scale of the object and gives to it the dimension of a territorial intervention.
The improvement in energy consumption after such performances can save up to 50 % of electricity cost.
Team: Gerardo Marcos, Jaime Cantero.