The Solar Winds Cultural Arts Center is a design proposal from artist Michael Jantzen for a large solar and wind powered structure dedicated to being used for a wide variety of cultural arts activities.
“The center is composed of seven conical shaped modular structures that are merged together at their bases. Each of the seven are fitted with a large vertical axis wind turbine designed to be integrated into the shape of the apex of each of the conical shaped forms,” explains the designer. “Four of the south facing cone shaped structures are fitted with large, integrated photovoltaic solar cell arrays. These solar cell arrays are backed with specially designed solar heat extraction systems.”
The wind turbines, solar cells, and solar heat extraction systems provide all of the electricity, space heating, and water heating energy needed to operate the center. Whenever there is a surplus of energy generated by the structure, it is distributed to the local community energy grid.
The tall conical shaped segments of the structure also function to naturally ventilate the center as air is drawn in at the base of each segment and vented out through uniquely designed air exhaust ports at the top. Each of the seven conical shaped segments of the structure are also equipped at the top with skylights, which naturally illuminate the spaces below.
The clustering of the seven conical structures created an enormous cavernous space that is ideal for cultural arts events. The perimeter of the structure, and in-between the seven conical shaped segments, includes a multitude of flat shaped shade roofs and bridges between several of the segments in order to form platforms for outdoor events.