University of Applied Arts Vienna
Jensen LIU & Sally HSU: Siivet aurora, the Aurora Borealis Arctic Observatory is an architectural project situated in argument between the historic mystic of the northern lights and the urban landmark of Rovaniemi.
This proposal explores the awakening moment of the Eos (the goddess of dawn), enhancing a natural phenomenon that continues to amaze audiences.
The aurora is signifying the goddess of dawn splitting open the night sky breaking free of the dark skyline. The architectural design symbolize Eos’s wings responding to the natural aurora phenomenon, as the magnetic field and wind undulates, it follows throughout echoing nature’s best painting.
The building has chosen reflective stainless steel to be the facade finish, this surfaces aims to capture the aurora and blend within the context. The architecture sits within the terrain; it minimizes the conflict with the site. This nestling aims to utilize the earth thermal energy to achieve insulation.
The architecture has installed a lighting pool with the function of a skylight in the entrance foyer of the building. In the cold harsh winter, the visitors and occupants within the interior can still enjoy a panorama scenery and rich daylight. This installment acts as insulation, the interior temperature is maintained for comfort.
To ensure the building is sufficient and sustainable, geothermal energy is captured to transform into electricity for the generation of a magnetic field. This power is used to generate the magnetic field required to active the façade of the building. The force field allows the LED wings to undulate respond to the Aurora and the force all around. The water collected from snow and rain will be recycled to be used within the building in all leisure hot springs and water features.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JL: Aurora historical legend and green energy.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
YW: UNStudio, OMA, Zaha.