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Wind and Solar Powered Shipping Container Unfolds Into Traveling Cultural Exhibition

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On March 17, 2011 @ 12:39 pm In Architecture,Art,Design,Environment,Renewable Energy | No Comments

World In A Shell, Hans Kalliwoda, shipping container, off-grid, renewable energy, exhibition space [1]

Kalliwoda describes his project as polliniferous, meaning it has the ability to carry pollen — in this case, pollen is a metaphor for knowledge. World In A Shell is designed to carry knowledge around the world and ‘pollinate’ other cultures. The project launched its tour in March of 2010 at the MuseumPark in Rotterdam [2], and it will travel for the next 5 years to remote spots in culturally significant places to capture and store pictures, drawings, recordings, stories, self-representations, and art works about local people, their culture, and their living conditions. As the walk-in-sculpture travels around the globe, it takes with it all this information and passes it on to the next group of people.

We’re fascinated with the idea of a traveling recorder and sculpture, especially as it is designed to preserve tradition and culture, but we’re totally blown away by the off-grid capabilities [3] that have been engineered into the mobile space. The design of World In A Shell started back in 2001 at TU Delft [4] as a collaboration between over 50 students from various faculties. The entire exhibition space packs down into a 20′ shipping container, making it easy to ship anywhere in the world.

World In A Shell, Hans Kalliwoda, shipping container, off-grid, renewable energy, exhibition space [5]

Upon arrival, the doors are opened and the shell is unfolded and unfurled, providing insulation and protection from the elements as well as a surface for the photovoltaic panels. The project generates electricity with two wind turbines [6] supplemented by solar panels, and it stores available energy inside an impressive array of batteries stored in the floor of the container.

The mobile exhibition space also comes equipped with a water recycling system, data monitoring, cube modules with various purposes, and computers for data collection. World In A Shell was designed to return “technology to its humanistic role as tool, in this case for the creation of a vehicle for intercultural exchange and intellectual cross-pollination, guided by social and ethical concerns.” The next stop for World In A Shell is D’Kar which is a small San (Bushman) village near Ghanzi in the Kalahari desert of Botswana [7].

+ World In A Shell [8]

Images ©World In A Shell

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wind-and-sun-powered-shipping-container-unfolds-into-traveling-cultural-exhibition/world-in-a-shell-5/

[2] Rotterdam: http://inhabitat.com/ooze-architects-villa-rotterdam-is-a-classic-structure-wrapped-in-a-spectacular-geometric-skin/

[3] off-grid capabilities: http://inhabitat.com/faberhaus-pavilion-tiny-off-grid-eco-cottage-for-nature-lovers/

[4] TU Delft: http://inhabitat.com/mecanoos-tu-delft-library-crowned-with-a-massive-green-roof/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wind-and-sun-powered-shipping-container-unfolds-into-traveling-cultural-exhibition/world-in-a-shell-10/

[6] wind turbines: http://inhabitat.com/power-flower-wind-turbine-trees-could-domesticate-wind-energy/

[7] Botswana: http://inhabitat.com/massive-green-roofed-innovation-hub-set-to-launch-botswana-into-high-tech-business/

[8] + World In A Shell: http://worldinashell.net/

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