Gallery: 3D Printed Sand Pods Create Cooling Microclimates

Efficient desert architecture harnesses low-tech and natural materials to minimize the effects of sweltering heat by controlling exposure to light and encouraging airflow. Inspired by these traditional desert cooling methods, London-based design firm PostlerFerguson created a series of 3D-printed pods that provide energy-free cooling through evaporation. The beautiful cooling units can be installed in plazas and public areas to create comfortable microclimates.

Traditional desert architecture often utilizes passive design elements such as wind towers and earthen walls to minimize solar heat gain. PostlerFerguson’s microclimate pods offer another approach that could serve as art installations while working to help cool public areas. The sand pods would be placed in plazas, squares, or along streets, and the evaporative cooling action from the pods would lower the temperature of their immediate surroundings.


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