Wind Shaped Pavillion

Fusing art, architecture, and renewable energy, California-based Michael Jantzen‘s Wind Shaped Pavilion is literally head-turning. The pavilion is a proposal for a large fabric structure that rotates in segments around a central support frame, generating enough electricity as it moves to light the pavilion at night. Just think of the opportunities available in building the pavilion large enough that every level becomes an apartment or a commercial space, and the view from inside changes at the whims of the weather!

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  1. hherocool89 September 23, 2010 at 10:21 am

    When can I move in?

  2. September 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Okay, I love this. When can I move in?

  3. visign February 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    does anybody make SOME calculations?

  4. Inhabitat » DAVID... May 16, 2007 at 10:10 am

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  5. twirling tower « ... May 9, 2007 at 11:40 pm

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  6. Alicia April 23, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    brilliant idea

  7. shuggi-duggi March 20, 2007 at 11:53 am

    It looks cool, great concept, but… they should probably ditch the turbine aspect, build it out of concrete, motorize the segments. Wouldn’t want the movement to be completely random and unpredictable. Not only disorienting, also potentially destructive to your china. And could you imagine eating breakfast on a windy day? Windmills have existed for a long time, but noone ever wanted to live in one of the blades. Build your windmill and solar units in the yard.

  8. wiggoney January 16, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    The_Reformer writes: “wouldn’t it be weird to wake up 360degrees different from where you went to bed?”

    If you rotated 360 degrees during your nap, you’d wake up exactly in the same place.

  9. bop November 24, 2006 at 5:29 am

    pretty cool looking. but the electricity-generating is obviously just hip window-dressing. There’s no way this could count as an efficient way of generating power.

  10. Phil Swindler November 13, 2006 at 1:19 am

    Dizzy doesn’t have to be an issue. A weather vane on the roof could be used to adjust a Constant Velocity Transmission. Hook the other side of the CVT to a generator. This could limit the rotational velocity of the sections and still get more power on windy days.

  11. Joe.J.Jow November 12, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    how would you get from floor to floor?

  12. haastech November 12, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    in response to The_Reformer, waking up 360 deg from where u went to sleep would mean your back in teh same spot, a circle = 360 degs, remember high school?

  13. wolfgang November 10, 2006 at 1:58 am

    kudos for the originality and the venture of something new innovative and eye catching. the world is already in the future. we need to just make it more noticable. we are actually behind (in futuristic terms) of our capability since its a profit driven world rather then an efficient one. id like to see this design in every major city, but i cant help to notice only a blueprint. this is only the start. there is more behind this design and can be incorporated in many different things. dont stop progression. and once again. kudos

  14. The_Reformer November 10, 2006 at 12:53 am

    wouldn’t it be weird to wake up 360degrees different from where you went to bed?

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  16. Vincenze October 20, 2006 at 3:15 am

    Futuristic lego, i like it.

  17. Vincenze October 20, 2006 at 3:14 am

    Futuristic lego, love it!

  18. h October 19, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    and good quarters for astronauts in training.

  19. Maggie van Rooyen October 19, 2006 at 8:52 am

    Go for it! I would love to see it in action.

  20. Lee October 18, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    Seeing as they already have stacked tower apartments that can rotate 360 degrees, working out the electric, plumbing and other utilities shouldn’t be much of an issue. Although a wind turbine and roof top solar panels would probably produce MUCH more electricity than this…and all without the disorienting rotation. An example of good in theory…

  21. rickentropic October 18, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    Plumbing in the core? Electricity how exactly? Access & egress? It would work best on the moon. No wind. Hope its fireproof. What dreams may come…? Don’t quit your day job to build it.

  22. Mike T October 18, 2006 at 11:45 am

    This is absolutely brilliant despite it’s form and proportion.Interesting. :)

  23. Chris October 17, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    Pretty gnarly. A lot of posters seem pretty cranky lately.

  24. William Burke October 17, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    A brilliant Concept.

  25. Kieron October 17, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    If they could build a resedential building using this design, it would likely be in an urban area. The wind speed is much lower in urban areas, so how could it work?

  26. Brad October 17, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    That is great, until the first Hurricane, Tornado, or Microburst Thunderstorm. Interesting idea though. I think I would get a bit dizzy.

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