Remember playing with a Rubik's Cube as a kid? Well, OODA Architecture's awesome proposal for the Taipei City Museum of Art design competition reminds us of one, except you definitely can't pick it up! By twisting a double-glazed facade over inclined steel supports, the Portuguese design firm enables the cubic building to harvest both rainwater and sunshine. And further demonstrating their commitment to sustainability, they intend to plant a mini forest around the museum in Taiwan in order to offset their anticipated carbon footprint.
Designed to be a landmark building that doesn’t exact a huge environmental price, the museum consists of a twisted volumetric box that holds within it another 90 degree cube. The whole building is wrapped in a diamond-shaped skin that can accommodate building integrated solar panels and permits diffused natural lighting.
The curvature created by the twists acts like a bowl that captures rainwater. It also ensures that the building receives the optimum amount of solar energy throughout the day as the sun travels across the sky. And finally, the design team has proposed that 750-1250 trees be planted on the property’s perimeter in order to offset the carbon that will be released while realizing this project. Stay tuned!