30 Oct '14, 2pm
Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs
Designed according to calculations regarding the solar cycle, prevailing wind direction, endemic plant species etc., the building integrates various renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics, wind turbines, geothermal energy and biomass. The roof is populated with windcatchers common in traditional Egyptian architecture. These devices function in three ways: they direct airflow using direct wind entry, use wind-assisted or solar-assisted temperature gradients to direct airflow. Nine of these devices were installed on site and are meant to stimulate natural passive cooling. In addition to these, the complex features solar water heating tubes and vertical axis wind turbines.