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Graft Lab’s Vertical Village in Dubai Has Spider Web of Solar Panels

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On October 7, 2009 @ 6:00 pm In Architecture,Renewable Energy,Solar Power,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments

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At first glance, Graft Lab [2]‘s dazzling complex in Dubai [3] may appear to have a cluster of sparkling geometric pools at its base. But upon further inspection, the web-like structures are actually something even more desirable than a place to take a dip in the hot desert – a means of collecting the scorching rays of the sun and transforming them into energy [4]. Dubbed the Vertical Village, this multi-use building and accompanying massive array of solar collectors was designed to work smarter, not harder, which is expected to earn it a LEED Gold certification when it is completed.

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The architects at Graft Lab (also responsible for the unique and ethereal Bird Island [6]) must have been taking good notes in their LEED classes because the Vertical Village [7] incorporates the most basic mantras of energy-efficiency in hot climates: reducing solar gain and maximizing solar production. Each hockey-stick-shaped building within the village is self-shading on its north side and on the east-west axis to reduce long-angle sun penetration. A massive bed of solar collectors [8] lies at the south end of the complex and has the ability to automatically position itself toward the sun to maximize solar-energy aggregation. The roof of the village has veins like a leaf which can break up the solar field into smaller, more manageable portions.

Aside from its energy [9]-harvesting features, the Vertical Village is also quite breathtaking to behold. The way that the buildings have been sliced and tilted gives each one a unique, futuristic look. Residents and visitors will be able to take full advantage of hotels, cinemas, restaurants, shops and a theater.

+ Graft Lab [2]

Via Ecofriend [7]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/07/graft-labs-vertical-village-in-dubai-has-spiders-web-of-solar-panels/vertical4/

[2] Graft Lab: http://www.graftlab.com/

[3] Dubai: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=dubai

[4] energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[5] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/07/graft-labs-vertical-village-in-dubai-has-spiders-web-of-solar-panels/vertical6/

[6] unique and ethereal Bird Island: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/29/bird-island-by-graft-lab/

[7] Vertical Village: http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/eco-architecture-vertical-village-by-graft-utilizes-sun-to-the-maximum/

[8] solar collectors: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/06/sole-power-tiles-curved-solar-shingles-make-installation-easy/

[9] energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy

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