To raise awareness about climate change, Obra Architects has created the Perpetual Spring, an eye-catching pavilion at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea. Dubbed a “climate-correcting machine,” the installation uses greenhouse technology to create perpetual, spring-like weather conditions through the fall and winter in reference to global warming. The climate control system and informational audio-visual displays are also powered by solar energy generated by photovoltaic panels on the museum’s roof.
Open to the public in a highly trafficked museum courtyard, the Perpetual Spring pavilion invites visitors to gather and discuss ideas in an environment that the designers say encourages progressive social change. Citing revolutions such as The Spring of Nations of 1848 and The Prague Spring of 1968, the designers assert that fair weather is a contributing factor to the kind of positive collective action needed to tackle climate change and inspire greater environmental stewardship.
“This project is a demonstration, a chance to focus public attention on issues of the city, climate change, our environment and the future,” the firm said. “In this unique experimental installation, we combine elements that will be used as a public platform for events to further broadcast our message as both a work of architecture, a work of art + technology + engineering, a work of social impact.”
The metal pavilion is punctuated with 150 polycarbonate domes, each 90 centimeters in diameter, that the designers have likened to the eyes of an insect. These “eyes” aid in the greenhouse effect and give the building a dynamic, bulging appearance. In addition to passive solar heating, the pavilion is outfitted with solar-powered automatic exhaust fans, aluminum foil curtains and a phase-change radiant floor heating system. A garden will grow inside the pavilion during the fall and winter months. Perpetual Spring will remain on display at the museum until April 5, 2020.
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