- Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

SOL Grotto is a Cool & Mesmerizing Space Made With Reclaimed Solyndra Rods in Berkeley

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 23, 2012 @ 9:15 am In Architecture,Art,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Green Building,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment

SOL Grotto, Rael San Fratello Architects, uc botanical gardens at berkeley, grotto, solyndra, reclaimed materials, glass rods [1]

SOL Grotto is part of a larger project called Natural Discourse at UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley, where artists, architects, scientists and poets have been invited to spend time in the gardens and engage with the space. The contemplative space was designed by Rael San Fratello Architects [2] and built by Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders [3]. The simple wooden shed was built upon a pre-existing deck in the Californian Area adjacent to waterfall at Strawberry Creek.

The main feature of the grotto is the use of 1,368 glass rods in one of the walls. The rods were part of the stockpile of 24 million glass tubes left behind in San Jose, California after Solyndra filed for bankruptcy. The rods are destined to be destroyed unless artists and architects like Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello use them in new projects. The glass 39-inch rods are inserted into the wall and act as transmitters, pulling in light, the sound of the adjacent waterfall and even cool air via the Venturi effect. The result is an electric blue, cool interior that sounds like you’re inside the waterfall, which is created without the help of any power source. While there has been some controversy [4] regarding the use of the rods from the failed company, the grotto is bringing visitors to the gardens and everyone seems to agree it is a beautiful space.

+ Rael San Fratello Architects [2]

+ UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley [5]

Via Archinect [6] and NPR [4]

Images ©Matthew Millman, Kent Wilson, and Michael Friel

Article printed from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/sol-grotto-is-a-cool-mesmerizing-space-made-with-reclaimed-solyndra-rods-in-berkeley/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/sol-grotto-is-a-cool-mesmerizing-space-made-with-reclaimed-solyndra-rods-in-berkeley/sol-grotto-rael-san-fratello-architects-12/

[2] Rael San Fratello Architects: http://www.rael-sanfratello.com/

[3] Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders: http://www.matpelbuilders.com/mpb/details?pid=e8c91aafdf29468065cd4bb894b300f3

[4] controversy: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=161127299

[5] + UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley: http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/whatsnew/NaturalDiscourse/artists.shtml

[6] Archinect: http://archinect.com/news/article/57692934/from-solyndra-to-sol-grotto

[7] http://www.vimeo.com/48125735: http://www.vimeo.com/48125735

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.