transsolar + tetsuo kondo architects: cloudscapes, at venice biennale
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sep 03, 2010
transsolar + tetsuo kondo architects: cloudscapes, at venice biennale

‘cloudscape’ by transsolar and tetsuo kondo architects at the 12th international architecture biennale in venice, italy
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‘cloudscape’ by german climate engineering firm transsolar and japanese firm tetsuo kondo architects explores the poetic nature of clouds
with their installation at the 12th international architecture biennale in venice, italy this year. by controlling the microclimate of the space
in the arsenale building, a layer of artificial clouds are made to hover above the ground level, remaining in balance above the heads
of the viewers.



winding ramp structure in the middle of the space
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to fully experience the immaterial lightness of clouds, a winding system of ramps is situated in the middle of the room, allowing the viewers to feel
and touch the clouds by physically entering it, walking over it, and back down again. this meandering pathway aims to show all three layers
of distinct climates in the room: on the ground level, the air is cool and dry, while half way up the ramps among the clouds, the air is warm and humid.
when you finally come up above the cloud layer, the air is hot but moistureless. by replacing pressure differences and temperature gradients,
all instances of the structure offers a unique atmosphere with different qualities of light.


visitors walk up the steel ramps into artificially generated clouds
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(left) entrance of ramp
(right) highest peak of the ramp
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entering the ‘clouds’
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midway up the ramp, in the clouds
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underneath the ramp. the structure rests on the preexisting columns of the arsenale building
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fog spout at the corner of the room
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diagram of the three different atmospheres

full credits:

transsolar: nadir abdessemed, thomas auer, eric baczuk, volkmar bleicher,
stefan holst, timur khanachet, matthias schuler, anja thierfelder
daniel dendra
tetsuo kondo architects:
tetsuo kondo, mitsuru maekita
structural engineer:
sasaki and partners SAPS: mutsuro sasaki, yoshiyuki hiraiwa

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