Yuka Yoneda

Helios Rehab Sanctuary is a Solar Powered Healing Tower

by , 04/05/11
filed under: Architecture, Solar Power

Helios Rehab Sanctuary, solar power, green design, green architecture, eco architecture, eco design, sustainable design, team cls, cls, darren chan, emily lau, jonas sin,

The Helios Rehab Sanctuary is an ethereal rehabilitating tower where occupants are nursed back to health through clean, peaceful living. Designed by Team CLS, headed by award winning UK architect Darren Chan, along with Emily Lau and Jonas Sin, the building features a “hexa-skin” and pod shells that incorporate air pollution cleansing panels which also reflect light onto Solyndra solar rod arrays. The Solyndras capture direct, diffused and reflected sunlight across 360-degree photovoltaic surfaces and generate power for the healing tower.

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  1. lazyreader April 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’ve read eVolo’s article on the tower, so essentially it’s an apartment complex with pretty plants in it. I love how the meditation room and the psychiatric ward look alike, I always thought new age stuff was crazy. And who’s gonna live in these ivory towers??? Famous actors with drug problems, famous singers with drug problems, famous writers with……………………
    ………………….drug problems.

  2. lazyreader April 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

    That doesn’t answer my question. I’m not talking about the architecture (which looks like a blueberry tampon) I ask more politely how the healing takes place and as to what practices are performed???

    Is peer reviewed scientific medicine and research taking place or is it some crazy praying, reflexology, yoga, acupunture, dancing, crystal sucking, vortex suckin’ new age shit.

  3. architect0000 April 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Fantastic work here. I saw this project around and, as a researcher in the field specializing in Solar Energy generation, I really dig this concept of introducing new ways to integrate solar generators closer to the living environment. Nice one

  4. KenShuttleworth April 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    @lazy reader, the brief explanation here in this article is surely not a good representation of the actual thinking behind such inspiring work. Your comments seem harsh and full of negative presumption. I on the other hand have found more information about this project on other sites and am truly impressed with the concept. The direction of the brief is interesting tackling issues of “rehab trends” that affect modern society today, and also the innovative use of solar generating technology.
    True to form, it seems the creative minds involved have produced more dazzling works before and I genuinely look forward to more. Keep up the great work!

  5. lazyreader April 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

    How exactly does this place heal???? Built in the dense and expensive San Francisco area real estate, this place is probably just another Betty Ford center.

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