Entrance external view
The overhanging roof redirects wind for optimum pressure zones
Anual Wind | Ithaca
Annual Wind and Temperature on Actual Site
Unbuilt | Ithaca, USA
CONCEPT | Understanding the users physiological needs using pressure as main metric was the main driver for this project. The College of Climaticism was designed to decrease air pollution levels, increasing air renewal and controlling brain function capabilities through air pressure.
Atmospheric pressure drives air flow, that dictates air quality inside and outside spaces, increasing or reducing the concentration of pollutants and bacteria in the air.
The waffle structure creates micro turbulences which increase air renewal
Conventional Pressure Distribution in Classrooms
Boxed-shaped rooms tend to accumulate large quantities of pollution particles and bacteria on its center due to the slow process of air-renewal and exchange.
Optimized Pressure Distribution in Classrooms
With a new, optimized geometry, the classroom can passively have a faster rate of air renewal, thus dispersing pollutants and minimizing the chance of respiratory diseases and bacteria concentration.
The curved roof follows the landscape, redirecting air flow to the interior of the building
The library funnels air to the lower levels, creating a high pressure zone with low pollutant concentration.
Pressure Distribution Detail
The building works in unity with the local wind conditions, offering multiple pressure areas based on what activity will happen on a specific area
01 | Initial Program Disposition
02 | Program Reconfiguration Based on Wind Direction
After a series of computational simulations, program geometry was sculpted to optimize air flow and pressure.
The program was then placed on to the site and further developed to accommodate local environmental conditions