Gallery: SOL Grotto is a Cool & Mesmerizing Space Made With Reclaimed S...

 
SOL Grotto is a contemplative space built with around 1,400 glass rods within the the UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley. The glass rods came from solar company Solyndra, which were left over after the company filed for bankruptcy. Rather than see them destroyed Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello of Rael San Fratello Architects used some of the rods to create their mesmerizing grotto. The rods act as transmitters for light, sound and cool air into the grotto, which has become a popular space for visitors and bugs alike.

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  1. Jessica May 10, 2014 at 3:32 am

    The video is a fantastic addition to this blog, helping describe this grotto’s experience. Although a very small space, the way it manipulates light and sound, its contemplative function and close association with water really captures the essence of what a grotto is. The use of unconventional grotto materials to create such an environment is intriguing, and shows the direction grotto-like contemporary design can take. What I would love to see is these design techniques translated into buildings much larger than a pavilion, as I think they could really add some transitory qualities that are missing in commercial buildings, and might perhaps make them more enjoyable places to occupy.

    I am currently researching the grotto in contemporary design. To follow my research click on the link below, and please don’t hesitate to point my research in different directions, provide advice, etc.

    http://reinterpreting-the-grotto.blogspot.com.au/

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