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LA CAPELETTE

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  • This is
    believed to be the first project of its kind
  • It is also considered the largest passive shading and ventilation device in
    the Country which does not require the use of air conditioning
  • Rendering and designs of the climate ribbon show it as a melding of sculpture and science that will create breezes
    to passively cool the space
  • The Climate Ribbon works as sophisticated environmental management system
  • The primary objective is to provide the finest
    environmental quality within the shopping center.
  • An upper glazed “skin” provides rain protection and solar filtering. A continuous series of fabric blades provides
    sun shading. Climate Ribbon surfaces are inclined and sloped to channel rainwater to specific collection points
    where it is stored and re-used for planting irrigation and other purposes.
    Fabric blades are fixed to the underside of the steel framing, forming a sinuous and fluid ceiling to the public
    streetscape(fig.10). The angles of the blades are determined by the parametric solar studies, varying as a function of
    the built context and sun angles. Fabric is a material that is curvable and twistable and can achieve the variable paths
    to the blades that the solar studies require. It is stretched on steel framed skeletons with a gently curved tube for
    lower member. The fluid surface is a complementary contrast to the angular facets of the glazed topography. It is an
    expression of the fluidity of a breeze and at the same time a reference to the traditional sun shading louvers of
    colonial and period architecture that provide soft and indirect light.

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